Fred Ward, a veteran actor who brought a gruesome softness to hard-to-find roles in films such as the right stuff, player And tremorsHe’s dead. He was 79 years old.
Ward died on Sunday, his publicist Ron Hoffman said on Friday. No cause or place of death was given as per the wishes of the family.
Ward earned a Golden Globe and shared the Venice Film Festival ensemble award for his performance in Robert Altman short cutand played the title character in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, He reached new heights playing Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom in the 1983 Academy Award-nominated film. the right stuff,
“Devastated to learn of the passing of my friend, Fred Ward,” tweeted actor Matthew Modine, who co-starred with Ward short cut and Alan Rudolph’s equinox, “A hard mask covering feelings as deep as the Pacific Ocean. Godspeed: Amigo.”
A former boxer, woodcutter in Alaska, and a short-order cook who served in the U.S. Air Force, Ward was a San Diego native who was part of the Cherokee. An early major role was with Clint Eastwood in 1979. Alcatraz. Be aware of,
“I mourn the loss of Fred Ward, who was very kind to me when we worked together Remo Williams,” tweeted actor Kate Mulgrew. “Decent and courteous and utterly professional, he was unarmed with a smile that was at once warm and mischievous.”
Ward’s other roles included a rumored cop chasing a psychotic criminal played by Alec Baldwin in George Armitage. miami blues, He was a formidable and intimidating father figure to both Freddie Prinze Jr.’s character summer catch and the title character of David Spade Joe Dirt,
Ward played President Ronald Reagan in the 2009 Cold War espionage thriller the farewell and had a supporting role in the 2013 action flick 2 gunsStarring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
in horror-comedy tremorsWard plays a pair of repairmen alongside Kevin Bacon, who end up saving a Nevada desert community surrounded by giant subterranean snakes.
With sexual charge, NC-17 Henry and JuneWard showed more than just patience. Based on the book Anais Nin and directed by Philip Kaufman, Ward played the role of novelist Henry Miller, opposite Maria de Medeiros as Nin and Uma Thurman as Miller’s wife, June. “My back end seemed to have something to do with[that rating],” he said. Washington Post,
He reunited with Altman for the role of a studio security chief in the director’s 1992 Hollywood satire playerand Mike Nichols, a union worker and co-worker of Meryl Streep. silkwood in 1983.
Ward shows off his comedy chops playing a terrorist intent on blowing up the Academy Awards Naked Gun 33 1/3: Final Humiliation in 1994.
On the small screen, she had recurring roles on NBC er In 2006–07, Maura Tierney played the role of Abby Lockhart’s father and guest starred in series such as: gray’s anatomy, leverage And United States of america, Ward recently appeared on the second season of HBO true Detective Colin Farrell as the retired police father of Detective Ray Velcoro.
Ward is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and his son, Jongo Ward.