Rance Howard dies aged 89

Rance Howard Dies: Actor And Father Of Director Ron Howard Was 89

Ron Howard broke the sad news to fans on Twitter, crediting his father for changing the family history with his passion for acting.

Ron told The Hollywood Reporter on Rance starrer film Broken Memories premiere on November 14 that how proud he feels about his father's performance in the film, the role which the director called "the role of his career to date". "Today he passed at 89", the 63-year-old wrote. He added, "He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/ great personal integrity. We love and miss you Dad".

He also appeared in numerous films Ron directed, including Angels & Demons, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Apollo 13, and directorial debut Grand Theft Auto. He would also appear in several movies with little Ronny Howard, including The Courtship of Eddie's Father (which marked the screen debut of Clint Howard), Village of the Giants and The Wild Country.

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Rest in peace. Actor Rance Howard and patriarch of the Howard acting family has sadly died. He is survived by his sons as well as his grandchildren Bryce Dallas, Paige, Joceyln, and Reed Cross. Over the years, he showed up in several of Ron's movies, including Splash, Cocoon, A Beautiful Mind, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The cause of death is unreported at this time.

Last January, his wife Judy Howard died.

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Josh Gad, a close friends of the Howard family, took to social media on Saturday to express his sadness at Rance's passing.

The poem about death ends: "Her diminished size is in me, not in her". Russell Crowe, who starred alongside Rance Howard in A Beautiful Mind, had this to say.

Today Ron Howard is an accomplished director who first got his start in show business as a child actor on classic television shows like The Andy Griffith Show. Fine man, fine actor.

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