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Harold Rance Howard (Beckenholdt)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma, United States
Death: November 25, 2017 (89)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Engle Beckenholdt and Ethel Cleo Beckenholdt
Husband of Judy Howard (Jacobson) and Jean F Howard
Father of Ron Howard and Clint Howard
Brother of Doyle Beckenholdt

Occupation: Actor, writer, producer
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Rance Howard

Born Harold Rance Beckenholdt, he changed his name to "Rance Howard" when he became an actor.

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, Babylon 5, Angel, 7th Heaven, Cold Case, Seinfeld, and That's So Raven.

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 and has made numerous appearances in films by Joe Dante.

In 2008, Howard appeared in the romantic comedy Play The Game.

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Rance Howard's Timeline

1928
November 17, 1928
Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma, United States
1954
March 1, 1954
Duncan, OK, United States
1959
April 20, 1959
Burbank, CA, United States
2017
November 25, 2017
Age 89
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States