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Veteran actor Rance Howard passes away at 89

July 21 2018, 12:10 | Perry Erickson

Veteran actor Rance Howard passes away at 89

Veteran actor Rance Howard passes away at 89

According to Turner Classic Movies, Rance Howard began his acting career at a young age in a touring children's theater, which would gradually turn into an adult career that saw him touring with Henry Fonda in a production of Mister Roberts before becoming the director of a repertory company called The Hilltop Theatre. Sadly, the veteran actor who appeared in several of his son's films has passed away at 89. He stood especially tall for his ability to balance ambition with great personal integrity. "We love and miss you Dad".

After his death was announced, many Hollywood stars and directors took to social media to pay tribute to Rance Howard, including Russell Crowe, Leonard Maltin and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who described Rance as "charming, professional, funny, smart".

Earlier this month, Ron Howard praised his father's recent role in the movie Broken Memories, which he described as Rance's "role of his career to date". Besides Ron, he was also the father to actor Clint Howard. He changed his name to "Rance Howard" when he became an actor.

Rance is survived by his sons, Bryce and another granddaughter, Paige Howard.

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William Earl Brown, an American actor, writer, producer and musician, best known for his role as Dan Dority on the HBO series "Deadwood" remembered Howard and wrote "Rance showed me, by example, how to have a Life in show business".

He also starred in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" in 2013. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends during this hard time.

On television, he appeared on many series including "Seinfeld", "Murder, She Wrote", "NCIS: Los Angeles", "Grey's Anatomy" and Ron Howard's starring series, "Happy Days".

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