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Father of director Ron Howard, Rance Howard, dies at 89

In this Sept. 29, 2017, photo, actor Rance Howard flashes a fake pistol prop for the film "Appleseed," in which Howard is costarring, inside Union Bank on Railroad Street in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Director Ron Howard says his actor father Rance Howard has died at age 89. Howard announced his father's passing Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, on Twitter. He praised his father for his ability to balance ambition with great personal integrity. (Dana Gray/Caledonian-Record via AP, File)

Director Ron Howard says his actor father Rance Howard has died. He was 89.

Howard announced his father’s passing Saturday on Twitter. He praised his father for his ability to balance ambition with great personal integrity.

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

He appeared in several of Ron Howard’s films, including “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Parenthood” and “Grand Theft Auto.”

Other film credits include “Chinatown” and the 2013 drama “Nebraska.” On television, he appeared on many series including “Seinfeld,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and Ron Howard’s starring series, “Happy Days.”