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.