By Kyle James   |  11-26-2017   Entertainment
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A career-long film and television star, Rance Howard, and the father of director Ron Howard has died Saturday at age 89. He was Born in Harold Engle Beckenhold on November 17, 1928, and has now been confirmed dead by a tweet from Ron Howard's verified Twitter account.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Clint &amp; 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 &amp; miss U Dad.</p>&mdash; Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealRonHoward/status/934544932513243136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2017</a></blockquote>

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The younger Howard tweeted, "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."

Rance Howard performed in a touring children's theater when he was young, and as an adult, he toured with Hendry Fonda in the Show "Mister Roberts". His television career ranged from shows like "Bat Masterson," "Gunsmoke" and "The Waltons." He also appeared in several films such as "Frontier Woman" in 1956, "The Music Man" and recently in "A Beautiful Mind," And "Frost/Nixon".

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/RealRonHoward?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RealRonHoward</a> my deepest condolences . He was a fine man indeed was Rance Howard . Fine man , fine actor .<br>Being in his company was always a pleasure. <a href="https://t.co/yYYZgeViBq">https://t.co/yYYZgeViBq</a></p>&mdash; Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) <a href="https://twitter.com/russellcrowe/status/934547653865517056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2017</a></blockquote>

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A coworker from the lead role in "A Beautiful Mind," Russel Crowe, tweeted in response to Ron Howard, "Hey @RealRonHoward my deepest condolences. He was a fine man indeed was Rance Howard. Fine man, fine actor. Being in his company was always a pleasure."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My grandfather, the patriarch of our family’s favorite poem, he could recite it from heart.  I think I’ll do the same now. <a href="https://t.co/48oxLsKXte">pic.twitter.com/48oxLsKXte</a></p>&mdash; Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) <a href="https://twitter.com/BryceDHoward/status/934601552513310721?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 26, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Rance Howard is survived by his two sons, Ron and Clint Howard, as well as two granddaughters, Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard and a great-grandchild. He was married to Jean Speegle Howard and Judy Howard and both previously died.

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Source: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/11/25/rance-howard-dies/

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