Rance Howard, actor dad of director Ron Howard, dies at 89

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2013 file photo, Rance Howard, left, a cast member in "Nebraska," and his wife Judy pose together at the 2013 AFI Fest premiere of the film at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Director Ron Howard says his actor father Rance Howard has died at age 89. Howard announced his father's passing Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, on Twitter. He appeared in several of Ron Howard's films, including "Apollo 13," ''A Beautiful Mind," ''Splash," ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas," ''Parenthood" and "Grand Theft Auto," along with other film and television series credits. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES - 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 several of Ron Howard's films, including "Apollo 13," ''A Beautiful Mind," ''Splash," ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas," ''Parenthood" and "Grand Theft Auto."

Other film credits include "Chinatown" and the 2013 drama "Nebraska." 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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