Veteran movie and tv actor Fred Ward, 79, greatest recognized for enjoying gruff, tough-guy roles in films similar 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.
Ward took a roundabout approach into performing, after serving three years within the US Air Power within the Sixties after which working as an Alaskan lumberjack, a boxer the place his nostril was damaged 3 times 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 way of 2015 together with his remaining function within the tv collection “True Detective,” in response to 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 function got here when he performed 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 selections,” the discharge stated.
He performed all the pieces from an astronaut, cowboy, Vietnam conflict 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 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 stated.
He’s survived by his spouse of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and a son, Django Ward. (Reuters)