Rance Howard

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Rance Howard
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Rance Howard, December 2007
Born Harold Rance Beckenholdt
(1928-11-17) November 17, 1928 (age 85)
Duncan, Oklahoma, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956–present
Spouse(s) Jean Speegle Howard (1949–2000; her death)
Judy Howard (2001–present)
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Rance Howard (born November 17, 1928) is an American actor who has starred in film and on television.

Life and career[edit]

Howard was born Harold Rance Beckenholdt in Duncan, Oklahoma, the son of Ethel Cleo (née Tomlin) and Engel Beckenholdt, a farmer. He changed his name to "Rance Howard" when he became an actor.[1] He married actress Jean Speegle Howard in Burbank, California in 1949. Their sons are actor/director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard. He is also the grandfather of actress Bryce Dallas Howard. His son Ron was born while he served three years in the United States Air Force.[2][3]

Howard was known for his role on television in the 1960s TV series Gentle Ben as Henry Broomhauer. Another well-known TV role was on Babylon 5 in which he had a recurring role as David Sheridan, the father of Babylon 5 captain John Sheridan. He also starred in the short-lived 2000 TV series Driving Me Crazy. His television guest appearances include The Andy Griffith Show, The Monroes, Kung Fu, The Waltons, CBS Schoolbreak Special 1986 episode The Drug Knot, Babylon 5, Angel, 7th Heaven, Cold Case, That's So Raven, and two appearances on Seinfeld, both as different characters.

Howard has acted in over 100 films, including his first film in 1956 called Frontier Woman, the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke, The Music Man (in an uncredited bit-part playing "Oscar Jackson"), and many other films. He often takes parts as a priest or reverend, county sheriff or western marshal and has made numerous appearances in films by Joe Dante.

Howard has acted in many of his son Ron's films, with the exception of Night Shift, Willow, Backdraft, Ransom, EDtv and The Da Vinci Code. He also appeared as Dottie and Kit's father in A League of Their Own. In 2013, he played Woody Grant's brother in Nebraska.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Other notes
1967 Cool Hand Luke Sheriff Uncredited
1974 Chinatown Irate Farmer
1974 Where the Lilies Bloom Roy Luther
1977 Grand Theft Auto Ned Slinker Directed by son Ron
1984 The Lonely Guy Minister
Splash McCollough Directed by son Ron
1985 Cocoon St. Petersburg Detective Directed by son Ron
1986 Gung Ho Mayor Conrad Zwart Directed by son Ron
1987 Innerspace Supermarket Customer
1989 The 'Burbs Detective #2
Parenthood Dean at College Directed by son Ron
1992 Far and Away Tomlin Directed by son Ron
Universal Soldier John Devreux
1994 Ed Wood Old Man McCoy
Little Giants Minister
The Paper Alicia's Doctor Directed by son Ron
1995 Apollo 13 Reverend Directed by son Ron
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest Eddie Calhoun
1996 Ghosts of Mississippi Ralph Hargrove
Independence Day Chaplain
Mars Attacks! Texan Investor
Sgt. Bilko Mr. Robbins
1997 Traveller Farmer
1998 Psycho Mr. Lowery
Small Soldiers Husband
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Elderly Timekeeper Directed by son Ron
2001 A Beautiful Mind White-Haired Patient Directed by son Ron
Joe Dirt Bomb Squad Cop
Rat Race Feed the Earth Spokesman
2002 Back by Midnight Priest
2003 The Missing Telegraph Operator Directed by son Ron
2004 The Alamo Governor Smith
Eulogy Lance Sommers
2005 Cinderella Man Announcer Al Fazin Directed by son Ron
2007 Georgia Rule Dog Bite Man
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Preacher
2008 Drillbit Taylor Older Man
Frost/Nixon Ollie Directed by son Ron
2009 Angels & Demons Cardinal Beck Directed by son Ron
2010 Jonah Hex Telegrapher
Valentine's Day Bistro Gardens Diner
2011 The Dilemma Burt Directed by son Ron
Spooky Buddies Mr. Joseph Johnson
2013 Nebraska Uncle Ray
The Lone Ranger Engineer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Other Notes
1956-1957 Kraft Television Theatre Various 3 episodes
1958 How to Marry a Millionaire Corporal 1 episode
1959 Bat Masterson Fletcher 1 episode
1962-1964 The Andy Griffith Show Various 4 episodes
1966 That Girl Customer #2 1 episode
1966 The Virginian Luka 1 episode
1967 The Monroes Al 1 episode
1967-1969 Gentle Ben Henry Boomhauer 13 episodes
1970 Then Came Bronson Mr. Carl Mueller 1 episode
1971 Night Gallery Cameraman 1 episode
1971-1972 Bonanza Sam/Bogardus 2 episodes
1968 The F.B.I. Ranger 1 episode
1969 Kung Fu Sheriff Byrd 1 episode
1973-1975 The Waltons Dr. McIvers 5 episodes
1974 Gunsmoke Frank Benton 1 episode
1976-1979 Happy Days Announcer/Ben Wilson/Mr. Burkhart 3 episodes
1977 Little House on the Prairie Simpson 1 episode
1978 Battlestar Galactica Farnes 1 episode
1979 Laverne & Shirley Doctor 1 episode
1981 Mork & Mindy Guard 1 episode
1984 Dynasty Gifford 1 episode
1984 Murder, She Wrote Fillmore 1 episode
1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas Doctor
1989-1992 Baywatch Fireman/Joe 2 episodes
1989 B.L. Stryker Richard Walton 1 episode
1991 Quantum Leap Ring Doctor 1 episode
1993 Coach Herman Van Dam 1 episode
1993-1996 Seinfeld Blind Man/Farmer 2 episodes
1994 Diagnosis Murder Driver 1 episode
1996-1997 Babylon 5 David Sheridan 3 episodes
1996-1997 Married... with Children Edwin/Reverend 2 episodes
1996 Melrose Place Motel Manager 1 episode
1998 Clueless Mr. Bell 2 episodes
1998 Two of a Kind Mr. Fillmore 2 episodes
1999 Just Shoot Me! Blind Flower Guy 1 episode
2000 7th Heaven Old Man in Park 1 episode
2001 Angel Marcus Roscoe/Angel 1 episode
2004 Cold Case Buddie 1 episode
2004 That's So Raven Murphy 1 episode
2005 Ghost Whisperer Dirk Abrams 1 episode
2006 CSI: NY Samuel Cooper 1 episode
2009 ER Dr. Oliver Kostin 1 episode
2009 Lie to Me Joe Metz 1 episode
2011 Workaholics Jerry 1 episode
2012 Grey's Anatomy Martin Carroll 1 episode
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles Eugene 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newsbank
  2. ^ Gray, Beverly (2003). Ron Howard: from Mayberry to the moon-- and beyond. Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press. pp. 7–8. ISBN 1-55853-970-0. 
  3. ^ Estrin, Eric (22 Feb 2010). "Ron Howard's 'Breakthrough'?: Ronald Reagan". The Wrap. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Rance Howard at Wikimedia Commons