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Rance Howard


Rance Howard was born on November 17, 1928 in Oklahoma, USA as Harold Rance Beckenholdt. He is an actor and writer, known for A Beautiful Mind (2001), Nebraska (2013) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). He has been married to Judy Howard since June 29, 2001. He was previously married to Jean Speegle Howard. See full bio »
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  Blood Runs Red (announced) (rumored)
 2014 Junction (completed)
The Clerk
 2014 Bones (TV Series)
Jerold Norsky
- The Lance to the Heart (2014) ... Jerold Norsky
- The Conspiracy in the Corpse (2014) ... Jerold Norsky
 2014 Review (TV Series)
 2014 Kroll Show (TV Series)
Dr. Stanley Armond
- Banff Is on Fire (2014) ... Dr. Stanley Armond
 2014 Rick's Parking (TV Movie)
Rauch
 2013 Gone Dark
Charles
 2013 The Trouble Man (Short)
Al Dell
 2013 Vanity Fair: Decades (TV Mini-Series short)
 2013 The Lone Ranger
Engineer
 2013 Max Rose
Walter Prewitt
 2013 NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series)
Eugene
- Purity (2013) ... Eugene
 2013 Huff
Scotty
 2013 Second Chances (TV Movie)
Wilbur
 2012 Easy Rider: The Ride Back
Andrew Jackson Bennett
 2011 Harley's Hill (Video)
Charlie
 2011/I Let Go
Dimples
 2011 Rosewood Lane
Fred Crumb
 2011 Where's My Sandwich? (Short)
Duffy
 2011 Spooky Buddies (Video)
Mr. Johnson
 2011 Workaholics (TV Series)
Jerry
- The Strike (2011) ... Jerry
 2011 InSight
Cemetery Presider
 2011 Night Club
Chuck
 2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (Video)
Preacher
 2011 The Dilemma
Burt
 2010 The Trial
Judge Danielson
 2010 Jonah Hex
Telegrapher
 2010 Yohan - Barnevandrer
Old Knut
 2010 Bloodworth
Ira
 2009 Play Dead (Video)
Old Man
 2009 Shadowheart (Video)
Wedding Preacher
 2009 Boppin' at the Glue Factory
Walker Bill
 2009/I Within
Deli Owner
 2009 Angels & Demons
Cardinal Beck
 2009 Play the Game
Mervin Lavine
 2009 ER (TV Series)
Dr. Oliver Kostin
- A Long, Strange Trip (2009) ... Dr. Oliver Kostin
 2009 Lie to Me (TV Series)
Joe Metz
- Moral Waiver (2009) ... Joe Metz
 2008 Audie & the Wolf
Dr. Maleosis
 2008/I Keith
Old Man (uncredited)
 2008 Grizzly Park
Ranger Howard
 2008 Skip Tracer (TV Movie)
Old Man Dickens
 2007 Ghost Town: The Movie
Sheriff Tom Parker
 2007 Be My Baby
Zippy the Messenger
 2007 Georgia Rule
Dog Bite Man
 2006 Sasquatch Mountain
Harris Zeff
 2006 Harrison Bergeron (Short)
Narrator
 2006 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Samuel Cooper
- Fare Game (2006) ... Samuel Cooper
 2006 Aimee Semple McPherson
James Kennedy
 2006 Twenty Good Years (TV Series)
Henry
- The Crying Game (2006) ... Henry
 2005 Miracle at Sage Creek
Doctor Babcock
 2005 Ghost Whisperer (TV Series)
Dirk Abrams
- Lost Boys (2005) ... Dirk Abrams
 2005 Killing Cupid
Zeke
 2005 Cinderella Man
Announcer Al Fazin
 2004 That's So Raven (TV Series)
Murphy
- Sweeps (2004) ... Murphy
 2004 Cold Case (TV Series)
Buddie
- Factory Girls (2004) ... Buddie
 2004 Eulogy
Lance Sommers
 2004 The Alamo
Governor Smith
 2004 Death and Texas
Circuit Court Judge
 2004 I Am Stamos (Short)
Gaffer
 2003 Ghost Rock
Cash
 2003 The Long Ride Home
Old man
 2002 Leaving the Land
Uncle Solomon
 2002 Legend of the Phantom Rider
Doc Fisher
 2002 Son of the Beach (TV Series)
 2002 That '80s Show (TV Series)
Mr. Bailey
- Tuesday Comes Over (2002) ... Mr. Bailey
 2002 Eye See You
Geezer
 2001 A Beautiful Mind
White-Haired Patient
 2001 Angel (TV Series)
Marcus Roscoe / Angel
 2001 Rat Race
Feed the Earth Spokesman
 2001 A Crack in the Floor
Floyd Fryed
 2001 Joe Dirt
Bomb Squad Cop
 2001 The Huntress (TV Series)
Foreman
- Black Widow (2001) ... Foreman
 2000 Driving Me Crazy (TV Movie)
Charly Girabaldi
 2000 7th Heaven (TV Series)
Old Man in Park
- Help! (2000) ... Old Man in Park
 2000 Big Wind on Campus
Grandpa Morton
 2000 Ping!
Old Man
 2000 Love & Sex
Earl
 1999 Just Shoot Me! (TV Series)
Blind Flower Guy
- When Nina Met Elliott (1999) ... Blind Flower Guy
 1999 Shadows of the Past
Arliss
 1999 Malevolence
Dr. Burns
 1999 Happy, Texas
Ely the Tractor Driver
 1998 Psycho
Mr. Lowery
 1998 Land of the Free
Hotel Manager
 1998 Clueless (TV Series)
Mr. Bell
 1998 The Night Caller
Hank
 1998 The Sender
Max
 1998 Chairman of the Board
Rev. Hatley
 1997 Sparkle and Charm
Mr. Houghton
 1997 Holiday in Your Heart (TV Movie)
Blind Man
 1997 Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (TV Movie)
Jarvis Bean
 1997 The Lay of the Land
Dr. Brown
 1997 Money Talks
Reverend
 1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV Series) (segment "The Viewing")
- The Viewing (1997)
 1996-1997 Married with Children (TV Series)
Reverend / Edwin
- Enemies (1996) ... Edwin
 1997 Baywatch Nights (TV Series)
- Hot Winds (1997)
 1997 The Second Civil War (TV Movie)
Arnold Tooney Jr
 1997 Traveller
Farmer
 1997 Busted (Video)
Mayor Davies
 1996 Tiger Heart
Mr. Johnson
 1996 Ghosts of Mississippi
Ralph Hargrove
 1996 Ink (TV Series)
Funeral Director
- The Sandwich (1996) ... Funeral Director
 1996 Independence Day
Chaplain
 1996 Where Truth Lies
Judge Bloom
 1996 Melrose Place (TV Series)
Motel Manager
- Full Metal Betsy (1996) ... Motel Manager
 1993-1996 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Farmer / Blind Man
- The Bottle Deposit (1996) ... Farmer
- The Glasses (1993) ... Blind Man
 1996 Sgt. Bilko
Mr. Robbins
 1995 Land's End (TV Series)
Jeff Foster
- Parentnapping (1995) ... Jeff Foster
 1995 The Colony (TV Movie)
Stan Benson
 1995 Apollo 13
Reverend
 1995 Problem Child 3: Junior in Love (TV Movie)
The Janitor
 1995 Savate (Video)
Farmer
 1994 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Des
- Surprise Party (1994) ... Des
 1994 Little Giants
Priest
 1994 Ed Wood
Old Man McCoy
 1994 Terminal Velocity
Chuck, Stunt Pilot
 1994 Rebel Highway (TV Series)
Minute Man 3
 1994 The Paper
Alicia's Doctor
 1994 Forced to Kill
Rance
 1994 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Driver
- Murder with Mirrors (1994) ... Driver
 1993 Coach (TV Series)
Herman Van Dam
- Christmas of the Van Damned (1993) ... Herman Van Dam
 1993 Snapdragon
Priest
 1993 Ed and His Dead Mother
Rev. Praxton
 1993 Fearless
Bald Cabby
 1993 Ticks
Sheriff Parker
 1992 Wishman
Det. Sturgis
 1989-1992 Baywatch (TV Series)
Joe / Fireman
- Heat Wave (1989) ... Fireman
 1992 I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore
Elderly Man
 1992 Boris and Natasha (TV Movie)
Polygraph Man
 1991 The Letters from Moab (TV Short)
Vern Logan
 1991 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
Ring doctor
- Heart of a Champion - July 23, 1955 (1991) ... Ring doctor
 1991 Switched at Birth (TV Movie)
Frank Hill
 1991 Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (TV Movie)
Bernie
 1991 9 1/2 Ninjas!
Ninja Negotiator
 1990 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Mr. Williams
- The Price of Justice (1990) ... Mr. Williams
 1989 B.L. Stryker (TV Series)
Richard Walton
- The King of Jazz (1989) ... Richard Walton
 1989 Limit Up
Chuck Feeney
 1989 Parenthood
Dean at College
 1989 Superboy (TV Series)
Colonel
- Luthor Unleashed (1989) ... Colonel
 1989 Listen to Me
Tucker's Father
 1989 The 'Burbs
Detective #2
 1989 Trust Me
Vern
 1988 B.O.R.N.
Robert Morrison
 1988 Dark Before Dawn
Logan
 1988 Wiseguy (TV Series)
Ernest Haynes
- Smokey Mountain Requiem (1988) ... Ernest Haynes
 1987 Innerspace
Supermarket Customer
 1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas (TV Movie)
Dr. Jennings
 1986 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Mr. Sellers
- The Drug Knot (1986) ... Mr. Sellers
 1986 Return to Mayberry (TV Movie)
Preacher
 1986 Gung Ho
Mayor Conrad Zwart
 1985 Two Soldiers (Short)
Paw
 1985 Words by Heart (TV Movie)
 1985 The Long Hot Summer (TV Movie)
Wilk
 1985 Creator
Mr. Spencer
 1985 A Death in California (TV Mini-Series)
Ralph Lee
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Ralph Lee
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Ralph Lee
 1985 Dallas (TV Series)
 1985 Playing with Fire (TV Movie)
Fireman Goodwin
 1985 Scandal Sheet (TV Movie)
Mr. Bell
 1984 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Fillmore
- Death Casts a Spell (1984) ... Fillmore
 1984 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)
Hank
 1984 Dynasty (TV Series)
Gifford
- The Voice: Part 2 (1984) ... Gifford
 1984 The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins (TV Movie)
Policeman
 1984 The Lonely Guy
Minister
 1983 Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess (TV Movie)
Still Photographer
 1983 Forever and Beyond
Technician
 1983/II Love Letters
Joseph Chesley
 1983 The Thorn Birds (TV Mini-Series)
Doc Wilson
- Part 3 (1983) ... Doc Wilson
 1983 The Kid with the 200 I.Q. (TV Movie)
 1982 The Kid with the Broken Halo (TV Movie)
Coach Ramsdell
 1981 The Miracle of Kathy Miller (TV Movie)
Dr. Jewell
 1981 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
Foldy
 1981 Smokey Bites the Dust
Coach
 1981 Mork & Mindy (TV Series)
Guard
 1980 Skyward (TV Movie)
Pilot #2
 1980 Scout's Honor (TV Movie)
The Captain
 1976-1979 Happy Days (TV Series)
Mr. Burkhart / Ben Wilson / Announcer
- Here Comes the Bride, Again (1979) ... Mr. Burkhart
- Spunkless Spunky (1978) ... Ben Wilson
- Dance Contest (1976) ... Announcer
 1979 Mr. No Legs
Lou's Sidekick
 1979 Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers (TV Movie)
Mr. Murray
 1979 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Doctor
- Who's Papa? (1979) ... Doctor
 1978 Cotton Candy (TV Movie)
Mr. Bremmercamp
 1977 Another Man, Another Chance
Wagonmaster
 1977 Grand Theft Auto
Ned Slinker
 1977 The Legend of Frank Woods
Howard Blacker
 1977 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Simpson
- Quarantine (1977) ... Simpson
 1976 Eat My Dust
Clark
 1973-1975 The Waltons (TV Series)
Dr. McIvers
- The Venture (1975) ... Dr. McIvers
- The Birthday (1974) ... Dr. McIvers
- The Gift (1974) ... Dr. McIvers
 1975 Switch (TV Series)
Collins
- The Deadly Missiles Caper (1975) ... Collins
 1975 Huckleberry Finn (TV Movie)
Pap Finn
 1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
Truck Driver
- Nightmare (1975) ... Truck Driver
 1975 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Cleve
- Wild Country: Part 2 (1975) ... Cleve (uncredited)
 1975 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Myron Faraday
- The Skating Rink (1975) ... Myron Faraday
 1970-1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Frank Benton / Judge Alan Franklin
- In Performance of Duty (1974) ... Frank Benton
- Jenny (1970) ... Judge Alan Franklin
 1974 Locusts (TV Movie)
Aaron
 1974 Chinatown
Irate Farmer
 1974 Where the Lilies Bloom
Roy Luther
 1973 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Sheriff Byrd
- The Hoots (1973) ... Sheriff Byrd
 1973 Salty
 1973 The Red Pony (TV Movie)
Sheriff Bill Smith
 1973 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Ranger
- Desperate Journey (1973) ... Ranger
 1972 Bloody Trail
Jake
 1972 Nichols (TV Series)
Deputy
- About Jesse James (1972) ... Deputy
 1971-1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Bogardus / Sam
- Shanklin (1972) ... Bogardus
- A Time to Die (1971) ... Sam
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Cameraman (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
- The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes/Miss Lovecraft Sent Me/The Hand of Borgus Weems/Phantom of What Opera? (1971) ... Cameraman (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
 1970 The Wild Country
Cleve (uncredited)
 1970 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
Goff
- Two Worlds (1970) ... Goff
 1970 Then Came Bronson (TV Series)
Mr. Carl Mueller
- That Undiscovered Country... (1970) ... Mr. Carl Mueller
 1969 Deed of Daring-Do (Short)
 1969 Old Paint (Short)
Cowboy
 1967 Cool Hand Luke
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1967 Gentle Giant
Tater Coughlin
 1967 The Monroes (TV Series)
Al
- Teaching the Tiger to Purr (1967) ... Al
 1965-1966 That Girl (TV Series)
Customer II
- What's in a Name? (1966) ... Customer II (uncredited)
- What's in a Name? (1965) ... Customer II
 1966 An Eye for an Eye
Harry
 1966 The Virginian (TV Series)
Luka
 1965 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Henry Clovis (1985)
 1965 The Desert Raven
Reggie
 1965 Village of the Giants
Deputy
 1962-1964 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Party Guest / First Treasury Agent / Governor's Chauffeur / ...
- The Rumor (1964) ... Party Guest
- A Black Day for Mayberry (1963) ... First Treasury Agent
- Barney and the Governor (1963) ... Governor's Chauffeur
- Cousin Virgil (1962) ... Bus Driver
 1963 Combat! (TV Series)
Wilkerson
- The Bridge at Chalons (1963) ... Wilkerson
 1963 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
- Come a-Runnin' (1963)
 1963 The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Camp Counselor (uncredited)
 1962 The Music Man
Oscar Jackson (uncredited)
 1960 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
TV Crewman
- Danny Meets Andy Griffith (1960) ... TV Crewman
 1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Shaker
- Confession (1959) ... Shaker
 1959 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Fletcher
- Promised Land (1959) ... Fletcher
 1958 Flight (TV Series)
 1958 How to Marry a Millionaire (TV Series)
Corporal
- Hit and Run (1958) ... Corporal
 1956-1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Sheriff's Man (1957)
- Paper Foxhole (1956)
 1956 Frontier Woman
Prewitt
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Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (3 credits)
Show Show Stunts (1 credit)
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