Veteran movie and tv actor Fred Ward, 79, greatest recognized for enjoying gruff, tough-guy roles in films comparable to Tremors, Escape from Alcatraz and The Right Stuff, died on Sunday, his publicist mentioned on Friday.
No trigger or place of demise was launched, as per his household’s needs, publicist Ron Hofmann mentioned.
Fred Ward took a roundabout approach into performing, after serving three years within the U.S. Air Force within the Sixties after which working as an Alaskan lumberjack, a boxer the place his nostril was damaged 3 times and a short-order prepare dinner, in accordance with a biography supplied by Hofmann.
His profession spanned greater than 4 many years, beginning with overseas movies within the early Seventies and stretched by means of 2015 along with his last position within the tv collection True Detective, in accordance with his on-line IMBD web page.
He made his first American movie look enjoying a cowboy within the 1975 movie Hearts of the West. But his breakthrough position got here when he starred reverse Clint Eastwood within the 1979 movie Escape from Alcatraz.
“The unique thing about Fred Ward is that you never knew where he was going to pop up, so unpredictable were his career choices,” the discharge mentioned.
He performed every thing from an astronaut, cowboy, Vietnam conflict soldier, a chain-smoking police detective-turned-assassin, to a hero battling big worms, the discharge mentioned.
In 1983, he portrayed Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom within the adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s e-book, The Right Stuff. That identical 12 months he appeared within the motion film Uncommon Valor with Gene Hackman and within the drama Silkwood with Meryl Streep.
Fred Ward received a Golden Globe and the Venice Film Festival ensemble prize for his efficiency in Short Cuts in 1993, his biography mentioned.
He is survived by his spouse of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and a son, Django Ward.