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27 November 2017, 12:23 | Mandy Simon
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The sad news was announced by the Oscar-winning director on Twitter on Saturday (25Nov17).
According to Turner Classic Movies, Rance Howard began his acting career at a young age in a touring children's theater, which would gradually turn into an adult career that saw him touring with Henry Fonda in a production of Mister Roberts before becoming the director of a repertory company called The Hilltop Theatre. "Today he passed at 89", he tweeted.
"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 had been married to the late Jean Speegle Howard.
"Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard's sons", he wrote. 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".
He gave me a gr8 compliment when he told me my directing style was much like that of his son Ron Howard! "And he's never lost the youthful excitement for being a part of a process that tells a story that reaches audiences in different ways and reflects the work of a team of collaborators that shares that excitement, and that always rubbed off on me, that joy of being lucky enough to be among the storytellers". "His loss diminishes us". Over the years, he showed up in several of Ron's movies, including Splash, Cocoon, A Beautiful Mind, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The "Man On Moon" writer and producer Larry Karaszewski, remembered Rance Howard as the Old Man McCoy in the movie "Ed Wood".
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