NO HOWARD Genealogy connections - Ron Howard's father - 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.
NO HOWARD Genealogy connections. Ron Howard's father...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.
RonHoward, who played Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show," is joined by his real-life father Rance Howard and little brother Clint in an episode of the show, marking the first time that all three Howards had worked in a TV show together, in 1963. (AP Photo)
Andy & Helen quell the rumor that they are engaged. / The Andy Griffith Show / Episode: The Rumor / Rance Howard, Ron's Father is behind Don Knotts