Rance Howard

Rance Howard

Highest Rated: 100% Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Lowest Rated: 11% Joe Dirt (2001)

Birthday: Nov 17, 1928

Birthplace: Oklahoma, USA

Encouraged by better-than-average success as a stage performer in such plays as Mister Roberts and The Seven Year Itch, American actor Rance Howard decided to try his luck in Hollywood. Talent, however, meant less than star appeal in Tinseltown, thus Howard was confined to small roles which took only minimal advantage of his abilities. Howard's wife Jean was also an actress, but retired to raise their son Ron (both mother and child appeared in the 1956 Western Frontier Woman). Ron was photogenic enough to attain supporting parts on various TV shows and films, leading to a regular role as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show (1960). Those cynics who believe that Rance Howard forced his son into acting in order to create a meal ticket are referred to a well-known anecdote concerning the earliest years of the Griffith program. Little Ron decided to test his value by throwing a temper tantrum -- whereupon Rance took the boy aside, gave him a spanking, and told his son that if he didn't want to act like a professional he'd have to go home and forget about acting. While Rance certainly did not rely on Ron's fame alone to get work (he remained a busy stage actor), it is true that Ron recommended his dad for supporting roles in such films as The Music Man (1962) and The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), both of which featured the younger Howard. When child star Ronny Howard became A-list film director Ron Howard in the '80s he continued casting both dad Rance and younger brother Clint Howard in Splash (1984) and other films. Rance Howard remained a reliable general purpose actor well into the 2000s.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Chasing the Star Actor 2017
No Score Yet Broken Memories Jasper 2017
37% Max Rose Walter Prewitt $56.9K 2016
No Score Yet 40 Nights The Devil as an Old Man 2016
91% Nebraska Uncle Ray $11.4M 2013
31% The Lone Ranger Engineer $89.3M 2013
No Score Yet Harley's Hill Charlie 2013
No Score Yet Easy Rider: The Ride Back Andy 2013
No Score Yet Gone Dark Actor 2012
No Score Yet Redemption: For Robbing The Dead Doctor 2012
50% Bloodworth Ira $10.1K 2011
24% The Dilemma Burt $48.5M 2011
No Score Yet Spooky Buddies Actor 2011
12% Jonah Hex Telegrapher $10.6M 2010
18% Valentine's Day Bistro Gardens Diner $110.6M 2010
No Score Yet The Trial Judge Danielson 2010
28% Play The Game Mervin $0.8M 2009
No Score Yet Audie & the Wolf Actor 2009
No Score Yet Shadowheart Minister 2009
36% Angels & Demons Cardinal Beck $133.4M 2009
No Score Yet Once Fallen Harry 2009
No Score Yet Grizzly Park Ranger Howard 2008
74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Preacher $18.4M 2007
No Score Yet Dean Teaster's Ghost Town Sheriff Tom Parker 2007
18% Georgia Rule Dog Bite Man $18.9M 2007
No Score Yet The Hard Ride Actor 2007
No Score Yet Boppin' at the Glue Factory Walker Bill 2007
No Score Yet Sasquatch Mountain Harris 2006
No Score Yet Dean Teaster's Ghost Town Actor 2006
No Score Yet Be My Baby Zippy 2006
No Score Yet Miracle at Sage Creek Dr. Babcock 2005
80% Cinderella Man Announcer Al Fazin $61.7M 2005
No Score Yet Where Truth Lies Judge Bloom 2005
No Score Yet Sister Aimee: The Aimee Semple McPherson Story Actor 2005
34% Eulogy Lance Sommers $42.3K 2004
No Score Yet Ghost Rock Cash 2004
29% The Alamo Governor Smith $22.4M 2004
75% Death & Texas Actor 2004
53% Toolbox Murders Chas Rooker 2004
58% The Missing Telegraph Operator $27M 2003
No Score Yet Jumping for Joy Actor 2002
19% D-Tox (Eye See You) Geezer 2002
74% A Beautiful Mind White-Haired Patient 2001
44% Rat Race Feed the Earth Spokesman $55.9M 2001
No Score Yet A Crack in the Floor Floyd Fryed 2001
11% Joe Dirt Bomb Squad Cop $27.1M 2001
50% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Elderly Timekeeper $259.1M 2000
48% Love & Sex Earl 2000
No Score Yet Ping! Old man 2000
No Score Yet Under Oath Oscar 2000
81% Happy, Texas Ely 1999
No Score Yet Busted Actor 1999
38% Psycho Mr. Lowry 1998
No Score Yet The Land of the Free Hotel Manager 1998
No Score Yet The Night Caller Hank 1998
No Score Yet Holiday in Your Heart Blind Man 1997
50% Ed and His Dead Mother Rev. Praxton 1997
16% Money Talks Reverend 1997
79% Traveller Farmer 1997
No Score Yet The Second Civil War Arnold Toomey Jr. 1997
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest Jarvis Bean 1997
No Score Yet Student Affair Actor 1997
43% Ghosts of Mississippi Ralph Hargrove 1996
53% Mars Attacks! Texan Investor 1996
65% Independence Day Chaplain 1996
31% Sgt. Bilko Mr. Robbins 1996
No Score Yet Tiger Heart Mr. Johnson 1996
No Score Yet The Colony Stan Benson 1995
No Score Yet Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest Employer 1995
95% Apollo 13 Reverend 1995
No Score Yet Savate Farmer 1995
No Score Yet Problem Child 3: Junior in Love The Janitor 1995
No Score Yet Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter Todd Brandell 1995
36% Little Giants Priest 1994
92% Ed Wood Old Man McCoy 1994
20% Terminal Velocity Stunt Pilot/chuck 1994
No Score Yet Runaway Daughters Minute Man 3 1994
15% The Cowboy Way Old Gentleman 1994
67% Ticks Sheriff 1994
88% The Paper Alicia's Doctor 1994
87% Fearless Bald Cabby 1993
No Score Yet Snapdragon Priest 1993
No Score Yet Forced to Kill Rance 1993
29% Universal Soldier Mr. Devreux 1992
No Score Yet I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore Elderly Man 1992
48% Far and Away Tomlin 1992
No Score Yet Boris and Natasha Polygraph Man 1992
No Score Yet Switched at Birth Frank 1991
No Score Yet Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter Bernie 1991
No Score Yet 9 1/2 Ninjas! Ninja Negotiator 1990
No Score Yet Trust Me Vern 1989
No Score Yet Limit Up Chuck Feeney 1989
91% Parenthood Dean at College 1989
No Score Yet Dark Before Dawn Glen Logan 1989
No Score Yet Listen to Me Tucker's Father 1989
53% The 'Burbs Detective #2 1989
No Score Yet Merchants of Death Actor 1988
No Score Yet B.O.R.N. Actor 1988
82% Innerspace Supermarket Customer 1987
No Score Yet A Smoky Mountain Christmas Doctor Jennings 1986
No Score Yet Return to Mayberry Preacher 1986
33% Gung Ho Mayor Zwart 1986
38% Creator Mr. Spencer 1985
77% Cocoon Detective 1985
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet Actor 1985
No Score Yet Love Letters Chesley 1984
90% Splash McCullough 1984
48% The Lonely Guy Minister 1984
No Score Yet The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Kid with the 200 I.Q. Actor 1983
No Score Yet Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess Still Photographer 1983
No Score Yet The Executioner's Song Lieutenant Nelson 1982
No Score Yet The Kid with the Broken Halo Coach Ramsdell 1982
No Score Yet Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers Murray 1979
23% Grand Theft Auto Ned Slinker Screenwriter 1977
No Score Yet The Legend of Frank Woods Howard Blacker 1977
No Score Yet Eat My Dust! Deputy Clerk 1976
No Score Yet The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe Actor 1976
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn Pap Finn 1975
No Score Yet Where the Lilies Bloom Roy Luther 1974
99% Chinatown Irate Farmer 1974
No Score Yet The Wild Country Cleve 1971
No Score Yet Deed of Daring-Do Actor 1969
100% Cool Hand Luke Sheriff 1967
No Score Yet Gentle Giant Tater 1967
No Score Yet An Eye for an Eye Harry 1966
94% The Music Man Oscar Jackson 1962
No Score Yet Old Paint Actor


90% Bones
Jerold Norsky 2014
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
Eugene 2013
81% Grey's Anatomy
Martin 2012
78% Lie to Me
Joe Metz 2009
No Score Yet CSI: NY
Samuel Cooper 2006
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
Dirk Abrams 2005
No Score Yet Cold Case
Buddy 2004
88% Angel
Marcus Roscoe 2001
No Score Yet Two of a Kind
Mr. Fillmore 1998
No Score Yet Married...With Children
Edwin Reverend 1997
No Score Yet Babylon 5
David Sheridan 1996
88% Seinfeld
Blind Man Farmer 1996
82% Tales from the Crypt
No Score Yet Baywatch
Joe 1992
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
Dr. Griggs 1992
No Score Yet Wiseguy
Ernest Haynes 1988
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Fillmore 1984
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
Doctor 1979
33% Battlestar Galactica
Farnes 1978
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Simpson 1977
No Score Yet The Waltons
Dr. McIvers 1975
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Judge Franklin Frank Benton 1974
No Score Yet Kung Fu
Sheriff 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
Bogardus Sam 1972
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Guest Screenwriter Treasury Agent Party Guest Driver Chauffeur 1966
No Score Yet The Flintstones
Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Doctor 1964


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