When Rance Howard, Actor And Father To Ron And Clint Howard Passed Away, Ron Sent Out Tweet That Brought Tears

Longtime film and television actor Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard, passed away back in November of 2017.

Ron sent out a heartwarming tweet that brings tears to the eyes.

“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,” Ron Howard tweeted.

Rance Howard had roles in many television shows such as “Bat Masterson,” “Gunsmoke” and “The Waltons.” He had a regular role on “Gentle Ben,” along with his younger son, Clint Howard.

Rance appeared in numerous films, starting with “Frontier Woman” in 1956 and ending with “Nebraska” in 2013. He appeared in six movies nominated for best-picture Oscars: “The Music Man,” “Chinatown,” “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Frost/Nixon” and “Nebraska,”.

Rance’s son Ron, who as a child played Opie Taylor on TV’s “The Andy Griffith Show,” and Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days’ went on to become a director. Along with “A Beautiful Mind,” Ron Howard gave his father roles in many of his movies, such as “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “The Paper,” “Apollo 13,” “Frost/Nixon” and “Angels and Demons.”

Josh Gad also tweeted out about Rance’s passing.

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