Actor Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard, dies at 89

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 23: Actor Rance Howard and his son and director Ron Howard arrive at the premiere of 'Cinderella Man' at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk on May 23, 2005. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD (Fox 32 News) - Rance Howard, an actor and father of movie director Ron Howard, passed away Saturday.

Rance Howard was 89.

Son Ron Howard tweeted: "Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A Depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad."

Rance Howard appeared in dozens of movies over the years, including "A Beautiful Mind" and "Nebraska."