Fred Ward, Actor Known for ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘Tremors,’ Dies at 79

Fred Ward, a renowned American actor praised for bringing a unique tenderness to his tough-guy roles in popular movies such as Tremors, The Right Stuff, and The Player, has passed away, according to his publicist Ron Hofmann. He was 79 of age.

Fred Ward Acting Career

Ward began acting in the early 1970s after three years in the United States Air Force. Ward was a renaissance man who worked as a short-order cook, a boxer, and a lumberjack in Alaska. In 1979, he had his first major role in Clint Eastwood’s film “Escape from Alcatraz.”

Ward won a Golden Globe for his performance in Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts” and shared the Venice Film Festival ensemble prize, and he also played the title character in “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.” In 1983’s Academy Award-nominated film “The Right Stuff,” he ascended to new heights as Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom.

“Summer Catch,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Abandon” are among Ward’s other film credits. Ward has appeared on television in shows such as “The United States of Tara,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Leverage,” “True Detective,” and others.

Kate Mulgrew Mourns The Loss Of Actor Fred Ward

“I mourn the loss of Fred Ward, who was so kind to me when we worked together on ‘Remo Williams,’” actor Kate Mulgrew tweeted. “Decent and modest and utterly professional, he disarmed with a smile that was at once warm and mischievous.”

Kevin Bacon’s Tweet For Fred Ward

Kevin Bacon on Friday afternoon also honored his Tremors co-star, Fred Ward. “So sad to hear about Fred Ward. When it came to battling underground worms, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. I will always remember chatting about his love of Django Reinhardt and jazz guitar during our long, hot days in the high desert. Rest In Peace, Fred,” Bacon said on Twitter.

Ward is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward and his son, Django Ward. Fred Ward’s cause of death has not been disclosed in accordance to the family’s wishes.


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