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

Ron Howard, left, and father Rance Howard, right, during the filming of "Gung Ho" in 1985. (AP Photo/Keith B. Srakocic)
Ron Howard, left, and father Rance Howard, right, during the filming of "Gung Ho" in 1985. (AP Photo/Keith B. Srakocic)

Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard, died on Saturday. He was 89.

Ron Howard took to Twitter to announce his father’s death Saturday afternoon. Details were not immediately disclosed. 

“Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons,” he wrote. “He stood especially tall [for] his ability to balance ambition [with] great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.”

The elder Howard appeared in more than a dozen films his son directed, including “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Parenthood” and “Grand Theft Auto,” which he co-wrote with his son.

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