Ron Howard’s father dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Ron Howard says his actor father Rance Howard has died. He was 89.
Howard announced his father’s passing Saturday on Twitter. He praised his father for his ability to balance ambition with great personal integrity.
The elder Howard also was the father of actor Clint Howard and grandfather of actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard.
He appeared in 15 of Ron Howard’s films, including Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Splash, Frost/Nixon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Parenthood and Grand Theft Auto — all in small, but memorable, roles.
Other film credits include Chinatown, Cool Hand Luke, and the 2013 drama Nebraska. On television, he appeared on many series including Seinfeld, Murder, She Wrote, Mork and Mindy, NCIS: Los Angeles, Grey’s Anatomy and The Fugitive.
He also guest starred on three episodes of Happy Days and four of The Andy Griffith Show, each time playing a different character. Both shows co-starred Ron.
Father and son were both nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding children’s program in 1981 for producing Through the Magic Pyramid.