Rance Howard

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TV Actor
Date of Birth November 17, 1928
Place of Birth Duncan, Oklahoma
Date of Death Nov 25, 2017 (89)
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Rance Howard

Rance Howard was an American actor who starred in film and on television. He was the father of actor and filmmaker Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard, and grandfather of the actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard. Howard appeared in many notable films such as Cool Hand Luke, Chinatown, Splash, Ed Wood, Apollo 13, Independence Day, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, Frost/Nixon, Nebraska, and Max Rose. For co-producing the television film The Time Crystal, he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program.

Born: Harold Rance Beckenholdt, November 17, 1928, Duncan, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died: November 25, 2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Alma mater: University of Oklahoma
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1948–2017
Children: Ron Howard, Clint Howard
Relatives: Bryce Dallas Howard (granddaughter), Paige Howard (granddaughter)
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About Rance Howard

Actor who has appeared in numerous roles in TV and film, including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Ed Wood and Gung Ho.

Before Fame

He changed his name when he decided to become an actor.


He is the father of Ron Howard and Clint Howard, who are both actors, and Ron also directs.

Family Life

He was married to actress, Jean Speegle Howard until her death, and then got remarried to Judy Howard.


He had a minor role in A Beautiful Mind, directed by his son, Ron Howard.

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