Veteran movie and tv actor Fred Ward, 79, finest recognized for enjoying gruff, tough-guy roles in films comparable to 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.
Fred Ward took a roundabout approach into performing, after serving three years within the US Air Power within the Nineteen Sixties after which working as an Alaskan lumberjack, a boxer the place his nostril was damaged thrice and a short-order prepare dinner, in keeping with a biography supplied by Hofmann.
His profession spanned greater than 4 a long time, beginning with overseas movies within the early Nineteen Seventies and stretched by means of 2015 along with his last position within the tv collection True Detective, in keeping with 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 starred reverse Clint Eastwood within the 1979 movie Escape from Alcatraz.
“The distinctive factor about Fred Ward is that you just by no means knew the place he was going to pop up, so unpredictable had been his profession decisions,” the discharge stated.
He performed the whole lot from an astronaut, cowboy, Vietnam battle soldier, a chain-smoking police detective-turned-assassin, to a hero battling big worms, the discharge stated.
In 1983, he portrayed Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom within the adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s e-book, The Proper Stuff. That very same 12 months he appeared within the motion film Unusual Valor with Gene Hackman and within the drama Silkwood with Meryl Streep.
Fred Ward gained a Golden Globe and the Venice Movie Competition 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.