Veteran movie and tv actor Fred Ward, 79, finest recognized for taking part in gruff, tough-guy roles in motion pictures equivalent 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 means into performing, after serving three years within the U.S. Air Pressure 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 offered by Hofmann.
His profession spanned greater than 4 many years, beginning with overseas movies within the early Seventies and stretched by means of 2015 along with his remaining function within the tv sequence “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 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 simply 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 things 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 12 months 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 “Brief Cuts” in 1993, his biography stated.
He’s survived by his spouse of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and a son, Django Ward. (Reuters)