Character actor Fred Ward, known for role in ‘The Right Stuff,’ dead at age 79

MD Merajul IslamMay 13, 2022

Veteran movie and tv actor Fred Ward, 79, finest identified for enjoying gruff, tough-guy roles in films reminiscent of “Tremors,” “Escape from Alcatraz,” and “The Proper Stuff,” died on Sunday, his publicist stated on Friday.

No trigger or place of demise was launched, as per his household’s needs, publicist Ron Hofmann stated.

Ward took a roundabout method into performing, after serving three years within the U.S. Air Drive within the Nineteen Sixties after which working as an Alaskan lumberjack, a boxer the place his nostril was damaged 3 times and a short-order cook dinner, based on a biography supplied by Hofmann.

His profession spanned greater than 4 a long time, beginning with overseas movies within the early Seventies and stretched by way of 2015 together with his remaining position within the tv sequence “True Detective,” based on his on-line IMBD web page.

He made his first American movie look taking part in a cowboy within the 1975 movie, “Hearts of the West.” However his breakthrough position got here when he performed reverse Clint Eastwood within the 1979 movie “Escape from Alcatraz.”

“The distinctive factor about Fred Ward is that you simply by no means knew the place he was going to pop up, so unpredictable had been his profession selections,” the discharge stated.

He performed the whole lot from an astronaut, cowboy, Vietnam conflict soldier, a chain-smoking police detective-turned-assassin, to a hero battling large worms, the discharge stated.

In 1983 he portrayed Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom within the adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s guide, “The Proper Stuff.” That very same yr he appeared within the motion film “Unusual Valor” with Gene Hackman and within the drama “Silkwood” with Meryl Streep.

Ward gained a Golden Globe and the Venice Movie Pageant ensemble prize for his efficiency in “Brief Cuts” in 1993, his biography stated.

He’s survived by his spouse of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and a son, Django Ward.


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