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

Director Ron Howard and father Rance Howard arrive for the premiere of his new film

Director Ron Howard and father Rance Howard. Reuters

His son, filmmaker Ron Howard announced his dad's passing on Saturday via Twitter.

Josh Gad has also spoken out about the loss, in which he hailed Rance - who was previously married to Jean Speegle Howard for over 50 years before she passed away, and later Wednesday Judy Howard in 2001 - a "personal friend" and "legend", who welcomed the "Beauty and the Beast" actor when he first arrived in Los Angeles. Today he passed at 89. He added, "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.

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He also appeared in numerous films Ron directed, including Angels & Demons, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Apollo 13, and directorial debut Grand Theft Auto.

"He was a fine man indeed was Rance Howard". "[My wife] Jean also had a part, and we wanted to somehow get Ron into the picture, too".

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Our thoughts are with Rance's family during this time.

Many fans around the world paid tribute to Rance Howard. "But someone checked and told me I've played more men of the cloth than any other actor".

"He's had a 65-year career where he has never broken out as a movie star", Bryce said via THR.

"If we could've adopted him, we would've", Straczynski wrote. He also had a role in How the Grinch Stole Christmas as well as his son's feature debut, Grand Theft Auto.

You can see celebrity reaction to the death of Rance Howard below.

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