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

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Filmmaker Ron Howard (R) and parents Rance Howard (C) and Judy O Sullivan attend the 56th Annual ACE Eddie Awards cocktail reception held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 19, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. Ron Howard is being honored with the ACE Filmmaker of the Year 2006 Award. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images) Editorial subscription SL 3000 x 2006 px | 10.00 x 6.69 in @ 300 dpi | 6.0 MP Size Guide Add notes DOWNLOAD AGAIN Details Restrictions: Contact your local office for all commercial or promotional uses. Full editorial rights UK, US, Ireland, Canada (not Quebec). Restricted editorial rights for daily newspapers elsewhere, please call. Credit: Vince Bucci / Stringer Editorial #: 56889785 Collection: Getty Images Entertainment Date created: February 19, 2006 License type: Rights-managed Release info: Not released. More information Source: Getty Images North America Object name: 56847197TT021_56th_Annual_A Max file size: 3000 x 2006 px (10.00 x 6.69 in) - 300 dpi -

LOS ANGELES — Veteran Hollywood actor Rance Howard, the father of director Ron Howard, died Saturday. He was 89.

Ron Howard announced his father’s death on Twitter Saturday afternoon. He praised his father for the ability to balance ambition with great personal integrity.

“A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history,” he wrote. “We love & miss U Dad.”

Rance Howard’s death also was confirmed by Michael Rosenberg, a spokesman for his son’s production company.

The elder Howard was the father of actor Clint Howard and grandfather of actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard.

Rance Howard had been married to the late Jean Speegle Howard. They met as teenagers doing a touring children’s production in Oklahoma of classic fairy tales like “Snow White” and “Cinderella.” They married on the tour dressed in their costumes, with the bride dressed as Snow White and groom as a huntsman.

The elder Howard’s acting career spanned several decades since the 1950s. 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.”