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Rance Howard, star dad of director Ron Howard, passes away at 89

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017|7:40 a.m.

LOS ANGELES– Veteran Hollywood actor Rance Howard, the dad of director Ron Howard, died Saturday. He was 89.

Ron Howard announced his dad’s death on Twitter Saturday afternoon. He praised his father for the ability to stabilize ambition with excellent individual stability.

“A depression-era farm kid, his passion for acting altered the course of our household history,” he wrote. “We love & & miss out on U Papa.”

Rance Howard’s death likewise was confirmed by Michael Rosenberg, a spokesman for his kid’s production company.

The older Howard was the father of star Clint Howard and grandfather of starlets Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard.

Rance Howard had been wed to the late Jean Speegle Howard. They fulfilled as teens doing a touring children’s production in Oklahoma of traditional fairy tales like “Snow White” and “Cinderella.” They married on the trip worn their outfits, with the bride impersonated Snow White and groom as a huntsman.

The senior Howard’s acting career spanned a number of decades since the 1950s. He appeared in several of Ron Howard’s films, consisting of “Apollo 13,” “A Stunning Mind,”” Splash,””How the Grinch Takes Christmas,”” Parenthood “and”

Grand Theft Auto.”Other film credits consist of “Chinatown” and the 2013 drama “Nebraska.” On tv, he appeared on numerous series including “Seinfeld,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and Ron Howard’s starring series, “Happy Days.”