Rance Howard

Actor, Writer
Although Rance Howard's solid frame, wind-blown face, and lilting Midwestern voice may not be as easily recognizable as the faces of his sons director-actor Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard, Rance has been seen by TV ... Read more »
Born: 11/16/1928

Filmography

Actor (150)

Audie and the Wolf 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Maleosis (Actor)

Bones 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boppin at the Glue Factory 2014 (Movie)

Walker Bill (Actor)

Harley's Hill 2014 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Miracle at Sage Creek 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Babcock (Actor)

Once Fallen 2014 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Review with Forrest MacNeil 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shadowheart 2014 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

Sister Aimee 2014 (Movie)

James Kennedy (Actor)

NCIS: Los Angeles 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nebraska 2013 (Movie)

Uncle Ray (Actor)

The Lone Ranger 2013 (Movie)

Engineer (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Redemption: For Robbing the Dead 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Dilemma 2011 (Movie)

Burt (Actor)

Workaholics 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jonah Hex 2010 (Movie)

Telegrapher (Actor)

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

Bistro Gardens Diner (Actor)

Angels & Demons 2009 (Movie)

Cardinal Beck (Actor)

ER 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Play the Game 2009 (Movie)

Mervin (Actor)

Drillbit Taylor 2008 (Movie)

Older Man (Actor)

Frost/Nixon 2008 (Movie)

Ollie (Actor)

Keith 2008 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

Georgia Rule 2007 (Movie)

Dog Bite Man (Actor)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 (Movie)

Preacher (Actor)

CSI: New York 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Death & Texas 2006 (Movie)

Circuit Court Judge (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Be My Baby 2005 (Movie)

Zippy (Actor)

Cinderella Man 2005 (Movie)

Announcer Al Fazin (Actor)

The Ghost Whisperer 2005 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2004 (Tv Show)

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That's So Raven 2004 (Tv Show)

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The Alamo 2004 (Movie)

Governor Smith (Actor)

Diagnosis Murder 1993 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Ping! 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Quantum Leap 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Son of the Beach 1993 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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That '80s Show 2002 (Tv Show)

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A Beautiful Mind 2001 (Movie)

White-Haired Patient (Actor)

Angel 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joe Dirt 2001 (Movie)

Bomb Squad Cop (Actor)

Rat Race 2001 (Movie)

Feed the Earth Spokesman (Actor)

7th Heaven 2000 (Tv Show)

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A Crack in the Floor 2000 (Movie)

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Andy of Mayberry: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

Elderly Timekeeper (Actor)

Love and Sex 2000 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Ron Howard: Hollywood's Favorite Son 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Abilene 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Clueless 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Happy, Texas 1999 (Movie)

Ely (Actor)

Just Shoot Me 1999 (Tv Show)

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Married... With Children 1993 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Two of A Kind 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Dillinger in Paradise 1998 (Movie)

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Psycho 1998 (Movie)

Mr Lowery (Actor)

Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

Husband (Actor)

The Sender 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Coach 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Money Talks 1997 (Movie)

Reverend (Actor)

The Lay of the Land 1997 (Movie)

Dr Brown (Actor)

The Second Civil War 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Traveller 1997 (Movie)

Farmer (Actor)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

Ralph Hargrove (Actor)

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

Chaplain (Actor)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

Texan Investor (Actor)

Seinfeld 1993, 1996 (Tv Show)

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Sgt. Bilko 1996 (Movie)

Mr Robbins (Actor)

The Colony 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

Reverend (Actor)

Problem Child 3: Junior in Love 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Savate 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

Old Man McCoy (Actor)

Little Giants 1994 (Movie)

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Terminal Velocity 1994 (Movie)

Stunt Pilot/Chuck (Actor)

The Cowboy Way 1994 (Movie)

Old Gentleman (Actor)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

Alicia's Doctor (Actor)

A League of Their Own 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Fearless 1993 (Movie)

Bald Cabby (Actor)

Forced to Kill 1993 (Movie)

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Wishman 1993 (Movie)

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Boris and Natasha 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Far and Away 1992 (Movie)

Tomlin (Actor)

I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore 1992 (Movie)

Elderly Man (Actor)

Universal Soldier 1992 (Movie)

Mr Devreux (Actor)

The Letters From Moab 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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9 1/2 Ninjas 1990 (Movie)

Ninja Negotiator (Actor)

The King of Jazz 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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B.O.R.N. 1989 (Movie)

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Limit Up 1989 (Movie)

Chuck Feeney (Actor)

Listen to Me 1989 (Movie)

Tucker's Father (Actor)

Parenthood 1989 (Movie)

Dean at College (Actor)

The 'Burbs 1989 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Trust Me 1989 (Movie)

Vern (Actor)

Dark Before Dawn 1988 (Movie)

Glen Logan (Actor)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

Supermarket Customer (Actor)

The Drug Knot 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Gung Ho 1986 (Movie)

Mayor Zwart (Actor)

The Long Hot Summer 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Cocoon 1985 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Creator 1985 (Movie)

Mr Spencer (Actor)

Playing With Fire 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Scandal Sheet 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Love Letters 1984 (Movie)

Joseph Chesley (Actor)

Splash 1984 (Movie)

McCullough (Actor)

The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Lonely Guy 1984 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

The Kid With the 200 I.Q. 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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The Thorn Birds 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

1st Person (Actor)

Counterattack: Crime in America 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Scout's Honor 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Eat My Dust 1976 (Movie)

Deputy Clerk (Actor)

Grand Theft Auto 1976 (Movie)

Ned Slinker (Actor)

State Fair 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Huckleberry Finn 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Chinatown 1974 (Movie)

Irate Farmer (Actor)

Where the Lilies Bloom 1974 (Movie)

Roy Luther (Actor)

The Red Pony 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Salty 1972 (Movie)

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Gentle Ben 1967 - 1969 (TV Show)

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Gentle Giant 1966 (Movie)

Tater (Actor)

The Music Man 1961 (Movie)

Oscar Jackson (Actor)

A Death in California (TV Show)

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A Smoky Mountain Christmas (TV Show)

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Bonanza (TV Show)

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Cotton Candy (TV Show)

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Holiday in Your Heart (TV Show)

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Ink (TV Show)

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Locusts (TV Show)

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Return to Mayberry (TV Show)

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Runaway Daughters (TV Show)

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Sasquatch Mountain (TV Show)

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Skyward (TV Show)

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Switched at Birth (TV Show)

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The Executioner's Song (TV Show)

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The Kid From Left Field (TV Show)

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The Land of the Free (TV Show)

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The Miracle of Kathy Miller (TV Show)

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The Skating Rink (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Grand Theft Auto 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Partridge Family: 2200 A.D. 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Writer

The Andy Griffith Show 1960 - 1968 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (1)

Through the Magic Pyramid (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

Although Rance Howard's solid frame, wind-blown face, and lilting Midwestern voice may not be as easily recognizable as the faces of his sons director-actor Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard, Rance has been seen by TV and movie audiences dozens of times, usually in guest star appearances (often westerns) and more recently in virtually every film directed by son Ron. Rance Howard was born and raised in Oklahoma, a state settled by his earliest American ancestors, whose story was fictionalized in Ron Howard's 1992 movie, "Far and Away." As a child, Rance was in a touring children's theatre, and as he reached maturity, he toured with Henry Fonda in "Mister Roberts" before moving to Baltimore to become resident director of The Hilltop Theatre, a repertory company. Moving to New York a year later, Howard was cast along with his eldest son in "The Journey," his first feature. His TV debut came with a live episode of "Kraft Theatre," and he has not stopped since, being seen by audiences in "Bat Masterson," "Gunsmoke," "The Waltons," and as a regular in "Gentle Ben," which co-starred his younger son, Clint. On the big screen, Howard already had "The Wild Country" and "Eat My Dust" to his credit before he joined with Ron to write "Grand Theft, Auto," through which Ron made his directorial debut. Rance has since appeared in most of Ron's films -- "Splash," "Cocoon," "Apollo 13," etc., as well as in "The End," "Salty," Love Letters" and in a chief role in "Big Foot: The Unforgettable Encounter" in 1995. Howard is also an active theatre director in the Los Angeles area.

Relationships

Jean Speegle

Wife

Bryce Dallas Howard Actor

Granddaughter
Born March 2, 1981 to Ron and Cheryl Howard

Clint Howard

Son
born April 20, 1959

Ron Howard

Son
born March 1, 1954

Ron Howard Actor

Son
Born March 1, 1954; mother, Jean Speegle; award-winning actor and filmmaker

Milestones

1995

Appeared in "Apollo 13", co-starred in "Big Foot: The Unforgettable Encounter"

1985

Appeared in "Cocoon"

1984

Appeared in "Splash"

1977

Co-wrote and appeared in "Grand Theft, Auto"

1974

Co-starred in "Locusts"

1967

Series regular, "Gentle Ben"

1959

Film debut, "The Journey"

1955

Resident director, The Hilltop Theatre, Baltimore (date approximate)

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