Rance Howard, Ron Howard's father, dies at 89

Rance Howard left with son Ron Howard and granddaughter Bryce Dallas Howard

Rance Howard was also seen in the movie called Broken Memories, which follows a story about a son struggling with his father's Alzheimer's.

He gave me a gr8 compliment when he told me my directing style was much like that of his son Ron Howard! He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity, ' Ron tweeted.

Ron Howard (left) and his father Rance Howard (right) during the filming of "Gung Ho" in August 1985. "We love and miss you dad", he added.

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

Rance Howard passed away in Los Angeles, but no other details have been announced at this time.

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"He's had a 65-year career where he has never broken out as a movie star, he's never made the money that people dream of, and yet he's carved out this incredibly unique and remarkable and attractive career of a character actor".

Actor Josh Gad remembered how welcoming Howard was when he stepped into Hollywood.

"I've played doctors, judges, sheriffs - as a character actor, I've run the gamut", Rance Howard told the Oklahoman. He appeared in Splash, Cocoon, Gung Ho, The Paper, Apollo 13, Parenthood, A Beautiful Mind, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frost/Nixon, Angels & Demons and more, most of which also featured his son Clint Howard as well. They met as teenagers doing a touring children's production in Oklahoma of classic fairy tales like "Snow White" and "Cinderella".

He also appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway and Alexander Payne's critically acclaimed Nebraska.

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