Veteran movie and tv actor Fred Ward, 79, greatest recognized for taking part in gruff, tough-guy roles in films reminiscent of Tremors, Escape from Alcatraz, and The Proper Stuff, died on Sunday, his publicist mentioned on Friday.
No trigger or place of dying was launched, as per his household’s needs, publicist Ron Hofmann mentioned.
Ward took a roundabout method into performing, after serving three years within the US Air Drive within the 1960s after which working as an Alaskan lumberjack, a boxer the place his nostril was damaged thrice and a short-order prepare dinner, in line with a biography offered by Hofmann.
His profession spanned greater than 4 many years, beginning with international movies within the early 1970s and stretched via 2015 together with his last position within the tv sequence True Detective, in line with his on-line IMDB web page.
He made his first American movie look enjoying a cowboy within the 1975 movie, Hearts of the West. However 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 mentioned.
He performed every little thing from an astronaut, cowboy, Vietnam conflict soldier, a chain-smoking police detective-turned-assassin, to a hero battling big worms, the discharge mentioned.
In 1983 he portrayed Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom within the adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s ebook, The Proper Stuff. That very same yr he appeared within the motion film Unusual Valor with Gene Hackman and within the drama Silkwood with Meryl Streep.
Ward received a Golden Globe and the Venice Movie Competition ensemble prize for his efficiency in Quick Cuts in 1993, his biography mentioned.
He’s survived by his spouse of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and a son, Django Ward.