Rance Howard

Rance Howard

Highest Rated: 99% Chinatown (1974)

Lowest Rated: 18% Georgia Rule (2007)

Birthday: Nov 17, 1928

Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, USA

Rance Howard was a prolific screen actor who appeared in several dozen film and TV shows in a professional acting career that spanned over 60 years. Born in Duncan, Oklahoma as Harold Rance Beckenholdt, Howard always dreamt of becoming a professional actor. After spending three years in the United States Air Force, where he fathered his first son Ron (who would later go on to become an Oscar-winning film director and notable TV actor), Howard moved to New York City to pursue his acting dream in earnest. He initially gravitated towards the theater and in 1950 nabbed a role in a touring production of "Mister Roberts." That role put him in the sights of various Hollywood casting agents, and by the mid-1950s he was appearing on TV shows like "Zane Grey Theater" (CBS, 1956-61), "Death Valley Days" (Syndication, 1952-70), and the film "The Music Man." In the early 1960s Howard's son Ron nabbed the part of Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1960-68), with Rance also going on to guest star on five episodes of the widely popular series. Howard continued nabbing parts throughout the 60s and 70s, most notably in the classic film dramas "Cool Hand Luke" (1967) and "Chinatown" (1974), as well as his son Ron's 1977 directorial debut "Grand Theft Auto," which Rance co-wrote with his son. Howard would go on to appear in many more of his son Ron's films throughout the ensuing decades, including "Splash" (1984), "Apollo 13" (1995), and "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), which earned Ron Howard his first Oscar for Best Director. By the late 2000s Howard had racked up over 250 film and TV credits and despite being in his 80s showed no signs of slowing down. His most notable film role during this later period came in 2013 when he appeared in Alexander Payne's Oscar-nominated drama "Nebraska" (2013). A tireless worker, Rance Howard was appearing in films and TV shows right up to his death on November 25, 2017 at the age of 89.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Apple Seed Carl (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chasing the Star Devil as an Old Man (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Broken Memories Jasper (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet 40 Nights The Devil as an Old Man (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Junction The Clerk (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 28% Second Chances Wilbur (Character) - 2013
37% 56% Max Rose Walter Prewitt (Character) $56.4K 2013
91% 83% Nebraska Ray (Character) $17.6M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gone Dark Charles (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 11% Huff Scotty (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 89% Redemption Doctor (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harley's Hill Charlie (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Where's My Sandwich? Duffy (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 20% Rosewood Lane Fred Crumb (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 23% Easy Rider: The Ride Back Andrew Jackson Bennett (Character) - 2011
24% 29% The Dilemma Burt (Character) $48.4M 2011
No Score Yet 25% The Trial Judge Danielson (Character) $19.2K 2010
No Score Yet 72% The Genesis Code Dr. Tolley (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Audie & the Wolf Dr. Maleosis (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 75% Boppin' at the Glue Factory Walker Bill (Character) - 2009
37% 57% Angels & Demons Cardinal Beck (Character) $133.4M 2009
28% 61% Play the Game Mervin (Character) $635.7K 2008
No Score Yet 16% Grizzly Park Ranger Howard (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dean Teaster's Ghost Town Unknown (Character) - 2007
18% 52% Georgia Rule Dog Bite Man (Character) $18.9M 2007
No Score Yet 18% Be My Baby Zippy the Messenger (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aimee Semple McPherson James Kennedy (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 24% Miracle at Sage Creek Doctor Babcock (Character) - 2005
75% No Score Yet Death and Texas Circuit Court Judge (Character) - 2004
53% 33% Toolbox Murders Chas Rooker (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 35% Ghost Rock Cash (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jumping for Joy Unknown (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 50% Legend of the Phantom Rider Doc Fisher (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 11% A Crack in the Floor Floyd Fryed (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 57% Ping! Old Man (Character) - 2000
81% 55% Happy, Texas Ely the Tractor Driver (Character) $1.9M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Abilene Arliss (Character) - 1999
39% 28% Psycho Mr. Lowery (Character) $21.5M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest Jarvis Bean (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lay of the Land Dr. Brown (Character) $4.1K 1997
No Score Yet 83% Holiday in Your Heart Blind Man (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 43% Tiger Heart Mr. Johnson (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ninja Kids 5: Tiger Heart Mr. Johnson (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter Todd Brandell (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colony Stan Benson (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 57% Forced to Kill Rance (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 22% Runaway Daughters Minute Man 3 (Character) - 1994
50% 52% Ed and His Dead Mother Rev. Praxton (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 20% Snapdragon Priest (Character) - 1993
71% 33% Ticks Sheriff Parker (Character) - 1993
50% 62% Far and Away Tomlin (Character) $58.2M 1992
No Score Yet 36% Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter Bernie (Character) - 1991
53% 71% The 'Burbs Detective 2 (Character) $34.1M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: The King of Jazz Richard Walton (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Limit Up Chuck Feeney (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Before Dawn Logan (Character) - 1988
33% 46% Gung Ho Mayor Conrad Zwart (Character) $36.4M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Playing With Fire Fireman Goodwin (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins Policeman (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 21% Love Letters Joseph Chesley (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 22% Mr. No Legs Lou's Sidekick (Character) - 1979
23% 35% Grand Theft Auto Ned Slinker (Character),
Writer (Screenplay)
- 1977
No Score Yet 35% Eat My Dust! Clark (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 17% Huckleberry Finn Pap Finn (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Locusts Aaron (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 90% Where the Lilies Bloom Roy Luther (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Salty Unknown (Character) - 1974
99% 93% Chinatown Irate Farmer at Council Meeting (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Pony Sheriff Bill Smith (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Country Cleve (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 40% Gentle Giant Tater Coughlin (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet An Eye for an Eye Harry (Character) - 1966
94% 85% The Music Man Oscar Jackson (uncredited) (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frontier Woman Prewitt (Character) - 1956

TV

Credit
74% 82% Arrested Development Rance Howard (Guest Star) 2018
74% 86% The X-Files Old Man (Character) 2016
90% 81% Bones Jerold Norsky (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 72% NCIS: Los Angeles Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
84% 77% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 80% ER Dr. Oliver Kostin (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me Joe Metz (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 84% CSI: New York Samuel Cooper (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 85% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet That '80s Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
88% 90% Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Shoot Me Blind Flower Guy (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two of a Kind Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clueless Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 93% Babylon 5 Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Married ... With Children Edwin (Guest Star) 1996-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baywatch Nights Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
43% No Score Yet Ink Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
89% 93% Seinfeld Blind Man (Character),
Farmer (Guest Star)
1996 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Land's End Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1994
No Score Yet 94% Quantum Leap Doc Graves (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Ernest Haynes (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Days Mr. Burkhart (Guest Star) 1978-1979 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
33% 100% Battlestar Galactica Farnes (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Simpson (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1974-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star),
Writer
1975 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Judge Alan Franklin (Guest Star) 1974 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Character) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Goff (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gentle Ben Unknown (Character),
Writer
1967-1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Party Guest (Guest Star),
Writer
1966 1962-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Fletcher (Guest Star) 1959

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