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Rance Howard

  • Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma
  • Birthday: November 17
Date of passing: 
November 25, 2017

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Rance Howard was an American actor who starred in film and on television. He was the father of actor Clint Howard and actor and filmmaker Ron Howard, and grandfather of the actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard.

Rance Howard was an American actor who starred in film and on television. He was the father of actor Clint Howard and actor and filmmaker Ron Howard, and grandfather of the actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard.

After son Ron went on to play Opie in The Andy Griffith Show in the early 1960s, Rance had guest parts in five episodes of the show. Howard was known best for his role on television in 25 episodes of the 1960s TV series Gentle Ben starring his youngest son, Clint. Howard played Henry Broomhauer, a backwoodsman who befriended the family. Another well-known TV role was on Babylon 5, in which he had a recurring role as David Sheridan, the father of Babylon 5 captain John Sheridan. He also starred in the short-lived 2000 TV series Driving Me Crazy. His television guest appearances include Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Kung Fu, The Waltons, CBS Schoolbreak Special 1986 episode "The Drug Knot", Angel, 7th Heaven, Cold Case, That's So Raven, and two appearances on Seinfeld (as different characters). On The Waltons, Howard portrayed Dr. McIver in five different episodes, one of which included Ron.

Howard appeared in many notable films such as Cool Hand Luke (1967), Chinatown (1974), Splash (1984), Ed Wood (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Independence Day (1996), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Cinderella Man (2005), Frost/Nixon (2008), Nebraska (2013) and Max Rose (2016).

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Rance Howard

Rance Howard

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