Actor Rance Howard Dies at 89, Son and Director Ron Howard Confirms
Actor Rance Howard died at the age of 89, according to his son, director Ron Howard.
“Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89,” Ron Howard tweeted Saturday, Nov. 25. “He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.”
Rance Howard, Ron Howard’s Father, Dies at 89 – Variety https://t.co/v0B5TTDUxV R.I.P. 😢
— Alain Marche (@Alain_Marche) November 26, 2017
Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89. He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) November 25, 2017
Rance started acting at age 20 as part of a touring theater company, even acting alongside Henry Fonda in the play “Mister Roberts,” People reported. He played in major films like “Cool Hand Luke,” “Psycho,” “Apollo 13,” and “Cinderella Man.”
Sad to hear of the passing of Rance Howard, a fine actor himself, and patriarch of the Howard talent dynasty. Condolences to @RealRonHoward @BryceDHoward Clint Howard and family. Rance left a marvelous legacy to be proud of. Requiescant in Pace. pic.twitter.com/V04Svt6W9T
— Afton Theatre (@AftonTheatre) November 26, 2017
— Babylon 5 News (@B5News) November 26, 2017
NEWS ALERT: Oklahoman actor Rance Howard has died at the age of 89. Howard is father to director Ron Howard and grandfather to actress Bryce Dallas Howard.
Rance was born in Duncan. pic.twitter.com/UO6t434pUP
— News 9 (@NEWS9) November 25, 2017
— Leonard Maltin (@leonardmaltin) November 25, 2017
“He’s had a 65-year career where he has never broken out as a movie star,” Bryce Dallas Howard, the daughter of Ron Howard, said of her grandfather.
“He’s never made the money that people dream of, and yet he’s carved out this incredibly unique and remarkable and beautiful career of a character actor. He’s an example of that stick-to-it-ness and what that adds up to in a life,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
Today we lost one of the greats: #RanceHoward, who I was proud to call a personal friend. When I first arrived in LA , he opened his home to me & made me feel like family. He was a legend, both as a person & performer. @BryceDHoward & @RealRonHoward sending lots of love.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 26, 2017
Sad news – one of the true gentlemen in this business Rance Howard has passed away. Ron and Clint Howard’s Dad – Scott and I got to know him as Old Man McCoy in “Ed Wood” and from eating lunch daily at the Tallyrand Restaurant in Burbank. A real sweetheart. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/Iduso4hhOB
— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) November 26, 2017
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