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Overview (4)

Born in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameHarold Engle Beckenholdt
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rance Howard was born on November 17, 1928 in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA as Harold Engle Beckenholdt. He was an actor and writer, known for Nebraska (2013), Universal Soldier (1992) and Small Soldiers (1998). He was married to Judy Howard and Jean Speegle Howard. He died on November 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Judy Howard (29 June 2001 - 17 January 2017) ( her death)
Jean Speegle Howard (5 October 1949 - 2 September 2000) ( her death) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Soft spoken midwestern farmer's accent.

Trivia (11)

Son of Engle Beckenholdt and Ethel Cleo Tomlin.
Grandfather of actress Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard.
Father-in-law of actress Cheryl Howard.
Portrayed a priest or reverend at least once a year from 1993-1998.
Became a great-grandfather when his granddaughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, had a baby boy on February 16, 2007.
Father of actors Clint Howard and Ron Howard.
The name Rance Howard was given to a character on the CBS show, The Mentalist (2008). The character was a deceased law enforcement officer with a personal connection to Captain Hightower, in the 2010-2011 Season Finale.
He has appeared in fifteen films directed by his son Ron Howard: Grand Theft Auto (1977), Splash (1984), Cocoon (1985), Gung Ho (1986), Parenthood (1989), Far and Away (1992), The Paper (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Missing (2003), Cinderella Man (2005), Frost/Nixon (2008), Angels & Demons (2009) and The Dilemma (2011).
His father was of German descent, and his mother had English and Scottish ancestry.
He appeared in six films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Music Man (1962),Chinatown (1974), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Frost/Nixon (2008) and Nebraska (2013). Of those, A Beautiful Mind (2001) is a winner in the category.
He was best friends with one of his son's ([Ron Howard]) acting mentors, [Andy Griffith], for over 50 years, until Griffith's death on July 3, 2012.

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