Ron Howard broke the sad news to fans on social media late on Saturday. Sadly, the veteran actor who appeared in several of his son's films has passed away at 89. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. "We love & miss U Dad".
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, the granddaughter of Rance took her Instagram and shared "family's favorite poem" and captioned it, "My grandfather, the patriarch of our family's favorite poem, he could recite it from heart".
Like his son, Rance Howard began his career appearing in several classic television shows such as Combat!, The Fugitive, Night Gallery, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and even a few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends during this hard time.
Actors including Russell Crowe, Corey Feldman and Josh Gad have since paid tribute to Rance, Crowe writing: "He was a fine man indeed was Rance Howard".
Rance Howard will be remembered by many as a man of personal integrity, gentle soul who had a great love for acting.
"If we could've adopted him, we would've", Straczynski wrote. "A stand-up guy who worked 'til the end".
The proud son of Rance, Rob told The Hollywood Reporter on the premiere of Rance's movie Broken Memories that he is very proud of his father's performance in the film which the director called "the role of his career to date".
Rance Howard has a few upcoming projects that he had already completed, as well as some in post-production, and some in pre-production.