Rance Howard in The Night Caller

Rance Howard (1928 - 2017)

Film Deaths

  • Mars Attacks! (1996) [Texan Investor]: Killed, along with others when the martians split the high Vegas hotel in half vertically.
  • The Night Caller (1998) [Hank]: Shot in the chest by Tracy Nelson outside Rance's home, while Shanna Reed looks on in horror.
  • Evasive Action (1998)
  • Toolbox Murders (2004) [Chas Rooker]: Thrown against a wall by Christopher Doyle. (the DVD includes a deleted scene in which Angela Bettis returns his body and discovers that it's now severely decomposed, indicating that he's been dead and a ghost the whole time. There is no confirmation of his ghostly nature in the finished movie.)

TV Deaths

  • Bonanza: A Time To Die 1971) [Sam]: Dies of asphyxiation in his quarantined jail cell having been bitten by a rabid wolf early on. (Thanks to Brian)
  • Gunsmoke: In Performance Of Duty (1974) [Frank Benton]: Shot in his ranch house, after being robbed, by David Huddleston . (Thanks to Brian)
  • Huckleberry Finn (1975 TV) [Pap Finn]: Shot to death (off-screen). Is shown afterwards floating in the river when Ron Howard and Antonio Fargas discover him, but Antonio does not inform Ron of the body's identity until later on. (I haven't seen this version, but I'm familar with the story.)
  • Angel: Carpe Noctem (2001) [Marcus Rosco]: Presumably dies of a heart attack after David Boreanaz reverses Rance's spell and switches their spirits back into their own bodies; it's not confirmed whether or not the attack was fatal. (Thanks to Neil)
  • CSI: NY: Fare Game (2006) [Samuel Cooper]: Dies off-screen presumably of old-age/natural causes, shortly before the start of the episode; he appears only in a videotaped message playing at his funeral. (Thanks to Neil)

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