Rance Howard, actor of film and television fame and father to Clint Howard and Ron Howard, grandfather to Bryce Dallas Howard, and Paige Howard, passed away at the age of 89 yesterday as announced by his famous actor/director son Ron Howard on twitter.
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 Howard was an actor of some renown having appeared in over one hundred films and a multitude of television shows. He is perhaps best known for his roles in TV shows Gentle Ben, and Babylon 5, or his film appearances in A League of Their Own as Dottie and Kit’s father, and his son Ron’s films; Splash, Cocoon, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind,Cinderella Man,and Frost/Nixon.
His latest role was as Jasper in the film Broken Memories released earlier this year.
Hollywood Remembered him on Twitter following the news of his death.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 25, 2017
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
— Leonard Maltin (@leonardmaltin) November 25, 2017
RIP RANCE HOWARD! A LEGENDARY ACTOR & A KIND GOOD HEARTED MAN WHOM I HAD THE PLEASURE OF DIRECTING ONCE! HE WAS AMAZINGLY PROFESSIONAL AFTER 50 ODD YRS N THE BIZ! HE GAVE ME A GR8 COMPLIMENT WHEN HE TOLD ME MY DIRECTING STYLE WAS MUCH LIKE THAT OF HIS SON RON HOWARD! MY HEART &
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) November 26, 2017
Condolences to his friends and family.