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Actor Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard, dies at 89

27 November 2017

Rance Howard, a veteran actor who appeared on television and in films for more than 60 years, including several movies made by his son, the director Ron Howard, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. "Today he passed at 89", the 63-year-old wrote, referring to his brother Clint Howard, who is also an actor. He stood especially tall for his ability to balance ambition with personal integrity.

Rob said, "A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history". We love and miss you, Dad, ' Ron tweeted.

After director Ron Howard announced the death of his father on November 25 actors, writers and directors took to social media to recall the touching accounts of their experiences with Rance Howard.

Rance Howard was also seen in the movie called Broken Memories, which follows a story about a son struggling with his father's Alzheimer's.

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.

Rance Howard had appeared in numerous films, starting with "Frontier Woman" in 1956 and ending with "Nebraska" in 2013.

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'Clint and I have been blessed to be Rance Howard's sons.

He is also grandfather to actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard.

Our thoughts are with Rance's family during this time.

Last January, his wife Judy Howard died.

"A Beautiful Mind", directed by Ron Howard, won the award in 2001. He was a legend, both as a person & performer.

Russell Crowe, who had the lead role in "A Beautiful Mind", tweeted: "Hey @RealRonHoward my deepest condolences". "But someone checked and told me I've played more men of the cloth than any other actor". "Being in his company was always a pleasure".

Actor Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard, dies at 89