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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

‘Tremors’ and ‘The Right Stuff’ actor Fred Ward dies at 79

Actor Fred Ward, whose credits include “Tremors,” “Escape from Alcatraz” and “The Right Stuff,” has died at the age of 79, his publicist confirmed.

According to a statement given by his publicist Ron Hoffman, Ward died on May 8, although no cause of death was disclosed. He has left behind his wife and son.

Ward’s film and television career spanned five decades, with roles in everything from historical dramas to goofball comedies and creature features.

Some of Ward’s memorable earlier roles included “Escape from Alcatraz” with Clint Eastwood, and “The Right Stuff”, in which he portrayed astronaut Gus Grissom. Ward also starred in “Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swan” and “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins”, both of which played titular characters.

He appeared in the cult-favorite horror-comedy “Tremors” as well as playing writer Henry Miller in the biographical drama (and first NC-17-rated film) “Henry and June.” He also appeared in Robert Altman’s “The Player” and “Short Cuts”, the latter of which earned him a special honor at the 1994 Golden Globes along with the rest of the cast.

Ward’s recent roles include appearances in “United States of Tara,” “True Detective” and “In Plain Sight.”

“The unique thing about Fred Ward is that you never knew where he was going to pop up, so unexpected were his career choices,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman said that Ward spent his final years in painting, calling it his “second favorite art form”.

He also said that the actor wanted his fans to donate to the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center in exchange for tribute.

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