His son, movie director Ron Howard, tweeted to announce his death saying he was "blessed" to have been his son. Today he passed away at 89. He added, "He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/ great personal integrity. We love & miss U Dad (sic)".
Ron spoke to The Hollywood Reporter before his father's passing and spoke about how proud he was of him.
Rance Howard appeared in films such as "Apollo 13", "Parenthood", "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "A Beautiful Mind".
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Like his son, Rance Howard began his career appearing in several classic television shows such as Combat!, The Fugitive, Night Gallery, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and even a few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. Howard's career spanned over 60 years during which he worked in film and television.
While he was the patriarch of the Howard talent dynasty, which includes Ron, Clint, and granddaughter Bryce Dallas Howard, Rance Howard had more than 270 acting credits of his own dating back to the 1950s.
His second wife, Judy, died in January of this year. Russell Crowe, who starred alongside Rance Howard in A Beautiful Mind, had this to say. "But someone checked and told me I've played more men of the cloth than any other actor". When I first arrived in LA, he opened his home to me & made me feel like family. "Being in his company was always a pleasure".
Outside of working with his sons, Rance Howard enjoyed an eclectic career that also included roles in shows like Dynasty, Murder She Wrote, Baywatch, Tales from the Crypt, Seinfeld, Married with Children, Babylon 5, Just Shoot Me, Angel, Lie to Me, Workaholics, Grey's Anatomy, Kroll Show, Review, and The X-Files.