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Ron Howard's Father, Actor Rance Howard, Dead at 89

By TheBlast Staff

Rance Howard — an actor and father to director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard — passed on Saturday at the age of 89.

Ron Howard made the announcement on Twitter, writing, "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."

The elder Howard had roles in films like "Chinatown," "Ed Wood," and "Independence Day." He appeared in a number of movies directed by his son, including "A Beautiful Mind," "Apollo 13," "Parenthood," and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

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