It's a sad week for Ron Howard, who announced that his father Rance Howard - with whom he worked on several occasions - passed away at the age of 89 over the weekend. Tributes are pouring in all over social media, with many sending their condolences to Ron and his family.

Ron Howard at Children's Hospital UCLA BallRon Howard at Children's Hospital UCLA Ball

The veteran actor died on Saturday morning (November 25th 2017) at his home in Los Angeles just ten months after the death of his second wife Judy Howard. No cause of death has as yet been confirmed, and he had several forthcoming movies in the pipeline.

'Clint and I have been blessed to be Rance Howard's sons', Ron wrote on Twitter. 'Today he passed at 89. He stood especially tall for his ability to balance ambition with great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love and miss you Dad.'

Rance had around 280 film and TV credits to his name at the time of his death, having starred in the likes of 'Cool Hand Luke', 'Psycho', 'A League of Their Own', 'The Waltons', 'Ed Wood', 'Independence Day', 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' and 'Nebraska' to name but a few. 

Many of the films he starred in were directed by Ron Howard, including 'Apollo 13', 'A Beautiful Mind' and 'Cinderella Man'. His last released movie was the Alzheimer's drama 'Broken Memories' from earlier this year. He'd also completed work on the yet to be released TV series 'Driving Test', 'The Christ Slayer' and Michael Worth's 'Apple Seed'. Additionally, he was due to appear in 'Rick's Parking', 'Land of the Free', 'Capture the Flag' and 'Old Soldiers', and it is unclear how these projects will proceed without him. 

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Rance Howard is survived by his sons Ron and Clint, and four grandchildren including Ron's actress daughters Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard.