Veteran movie actor Fred Ward, star of Tremors, dies age 79

Veteran movie and tv actor Fred Ward, 79, finest recognized for taking part in gruff, tough-guy roles in motion pictures comparable to Tremors, Escape from Alcatraz, and The Proper 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 manner into performing, after serving three years within the U.S. Air Drive 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 accordance with a biography supplied by Hofmann.

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Fred Ward has died at aged 79, his publicist confirmed. (FilmMagic)

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His profession spanned greater than 4 a long time, beginning with international movies within the early Nineteen Seventies and stretched by means of 2015 together with his remaining function within the tv collection True Detective, in accordance with his on-line IMBD web page.

He made his first American movie look enjoying 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 have been his profession selections,” the discharge stated.

Ward made his first American movie look enjoying a cowboy within the 1975 movie, Hearts of the West. (Corbis through Getty Pictures)

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He performed all the pieces from an astronaut, cowboy, Vietnam warfare 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 e book, 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 gained a Golden Globe and the Venice Movie Pageant 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.

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