Fred Ward: Tremors, The Proper Stuff and The Participant star dies aged 79

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Fred Ward, who starred in movies together with Tremors, The Proper Stuff and The Participant, has died aged 79.

The actor died on final Sunday in line with his publicist Ron Hofmann. The trigger and place of loss of life weren’t given.

Ward had beforehand labored as a boxer, as a lumberjack in Alaska and as a short-order prepare dinner who served within the US Air Power.

A San Diego native, Ward was half Cherokee. Regardless of being identified for his tough-guy roles, he was famend for bringing a sure heat to his elements.

After learning performing in Rome, Ward bought his first main half reverse Clint Eastwood in 1979’s Escape From Alcatraz.

He would go on to win a Golden Globe and a Venice Movie Competition ensemble prize for his efficiency in Robert Altman’s comedy drama Quick Cuts.

Different huge roles included the title character in Remo Williams: The Journey Begins and Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil ‘Gus’ Grissom in 1983’s Academy Award-nominated The Proper Stuff and as a union activist and workmate of Meryl Streep’s character in Mike Nichols’ Silkwood.

One among his most memorable roles was reverse Kevin Bacon in horror-comedy Tremors, taking part in a repairman battling large underground snakes within the Nevada desert.

Bacon paid tribute to Ward, writing on social media: “So unhappy to listen to about Fred Ward. When it got here to battling underground worms I could not have requested for a greater companion. I’ll at all times bear in mind chatting about his love of Django Reinhardt and jazz guitar throughout our lengthy sizzling days within the excessive desert. Relaxation In Peace Fred.”

Actor Matthew Modine, who co-starred with Ward in Quick Cuts and Alan Rudolph’s Equinox tweeted: “Devastated to study in regards to the passing of my buddy, Fred Ward. A tricky façade overlaying feelings as deep because the Pacific Ocean. Godspeed amigo.”

Actor Kate Mulgrew posted: “I mourn the lack of Fred Ward, who was so type to me once we labored collectively on Remo Williams. First rate and modest and completely skilled, he disarmed with a smile that was without delay heat and mischievous.”

Ward’s different key performances embrace a rumpled cop chasing a psychotic prison performed by Alec Baldwin in George Armitage’s Miami Blues; an intimidating father to Freddie Prinze Jr’s character in Summer season Catch and David Spade’s title character in Joe Filth.

He performed President Ronald Reagan within the 2009 Chilly Warfare espionage thriller Farewell and had a supporting function within the 2013 motion movie 2 Weapons, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.

Ward pictured with Morgan Freeman at the premiere of 30 Minutes Or Less in 2011
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Ward pictured with Morgan Freeman at a movie premiere in 2007

Ward took on a extra revealing function in Philip Kaufman’s Henry & June. Based mostly on the erotic novel by Anais Nin, he performed novelist Henry Miller. Talking to the Washington Submit on the time, he stated of the movie’s success: “My rear finish appeared to have one thing to do with (that score)”.

Ward demonstrated his comedy timing in Bare Gun 33 1/3: The Ultimate Insult in 1994, taking part in a terrorist intent on blowing up the Oscars.

On TV, he had recurring roles on NBC’s ER taking part in the daddy of Maura Tierney’s Abby Lockhart between 2006 and 2007 and visitor starred on reveals together with Gray’s Anatomy.

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Ward most just lately appeared within the second season of HBO’s True Detective because the retired cop father of Colin Farrell’s Detective Ray Velcoro.

Ward is survived by his third spouse, Marie-France Ward and his son from his second marriage, Django Ward.

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