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Rance Howard

Highest Rated:   100% Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Lowest Rated:   11% Joe Dirt (2001)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
35% Max Rose
  • Walter Prewitt
2016
No Score Yet 40 Nights
  • The Devil as an Old Man
2016
91% Nebraska
  • Uncle Ray
2013
31% The Lone Ranger
  • Engineer
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
2011
24% The Dilemma
  • Burt
2011
No Score Yet Spooky Buddies
  • Actor
2011
12% Jonah Hex
  • Telegrapher
2010
18% Valentine's Day
  • Bistro Gardens Diner
2010
No Score Yet The Trial
  • Judge Danielson
2010
27% Play The Game
  • Mervin
2009
No Score Yet Audie & the Wolf
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Shadowheart
  • Minister
2009
37% Angels & Demons
  • Cardinal Beck
2009
No Score Yet Once Fallen
  • Harry
2009
No Score Yet Grizzly Park
  • Ranger Howard
2008
74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • Preacher
2007
No Score Yet Dean Teaster's Ghost Town
  • Sheriff Tom Parker
2007
17% Georgia Rule
  • Dog Bite Man
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
2005
No Score Yet Where Truth Lies
  • Judge Bloom
2005
No Score Yet Sister Aimee: The Aimee Semple McPherson Story
  • Actor
2005
32% Eulogy
  • Lance Sommers
2004
No Score Yet Ghost Rock
  • Cash
2004
29% The Alamo
  • Governor Smith
2004
75% Death & Texas
  • Actor
2004
53% Toolbox Murders
  • Chas Rooker
2004
58% The Missing
  • Telegraph Operator
2003
No Score Yet Jumping for Joy
  • Actor
2002
15% D-Tox (Eye See You)
  • Geezer
2002
75% A Beautiful Mind
  • White-Haired Patient
2001
44% Rat Race
  • Feed the Earth Spokesman
2001
No Score Yet A Crack in the Floor
  • Floyd Fryed
2001
11% Joe Dirt
  • Bomb Squad Cop
2001
53% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Elderly Timekeeper
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
37% 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 Skating Rink
  • Actor
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 Student Affair
  • Actor
1997
45% Ghosts of Mississippi
  • Ralph Hargrove
1996
52% Mars Attacks!
  • Texan Investor
1996
60% Independence Day
  • Chaplain
1996
32% 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
40% Little Giants
  • Priest
1994
92% Ed Wood
  • Old Man McCoy
1994
17% 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
No Score Yet Snapdragon
  • Priest
1993
86% Fearless
  • Bald Cabby
1993
No Score Yet Forced to Kill
  • Rance
1993
19% Universal Soldier
  • Mr. Devreux
1992
No Score Yet I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore
  • Elderly Man
1992
50% 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
92% Parenthood
  • Dean at College
1989
No Score Yet Dark Before Dawn
  • Glen Logan
1989
No Score Yet Listen to Me
  • Tucker's Father
1989
47% 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
35% Gung Ho
  • Mayor Zwart
1986
36% Creator
  • Mr. Spencer
1985
80% Cocoon
  • Detective
1985
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Love Letters
  • Chesley
1984
92% 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
25% 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
98% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Martin
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Simpson
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Jerold Norsky
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Buddy
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Joe Metz
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • David Sheridan
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • Eugene
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Dirk Abrams
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Samuel Cooper
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Blind Man Farmer

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