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Rance Howard (born November 17, 1928) is an Americanmarker actor who has starred in film and on television.


Howard was born Harold Rance Beckenholdt in Oklahomamarker, the son of Ethel Cleo (née Tomlin) and Engel Beckenholdt, a farmer. He changed his name to "Rance Howard" when he became an actor. He married Jean Speegle Howard in Burbank, Californiamarker in 1949. Their children are actor/director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard. He is also the grandfather of actress Bryce Dallas Howard. He became a great-grandfather when Bryce had a baby boy in 2007.

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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