Character actor Fred Ward, identified for position in ‘The Right Stuff,’ lifeless at age 79


Veteran movie and tv actor Fred Ward, 79, finest identified for enjoying gruff, tough-guy roles in films reminiscent of “Tremors,” “Escape from Alcatraz,” and “The Right Stuff,” died on Sunday, his publicist stated on Friday .

No trigger or place of loss of life was launched, as per his household’s needs, publicist Ron Hofmann stated.

Ward took a roundabout means into performing, after serving three years within the US Air Force within the Nineteen Sixties after which working as an Alaskan lumberjack, a boxer the place his nostril was damaged thrice and a short-order cook dinner, in response to 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 2015 along with his closing position within the tv collection “True Detective,” in response to 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 performed 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 stated.

He performed all the things from an astronaut, cowboy, Vietnam battle soldier, a chain-smoking police detective-turned-assassin, to a hero battling large worms, the discharge stated.

In 1983 he portrayed Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom within the adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s guide, “The Right Stuff.” That similar 12 months he appeared within the motion film “Uncommon Valor” with Gene Hackman and within the drama “Silkwood” with Meryl Streep.

Ward gained a Golden Globe and the Venice Film Festival ensemble prize for his efficiency in “Short Cuts” in 1993, his biography stated.

He is survived by his spouse of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and a son, Django Ward.

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