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Tremors actor Fred Ward passes away

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Veteran movie and tv actor Fred Ward, 79, finest identified for taking part in gruff, tough-guy roles in films resembling 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.

Fred Ward took a roundabout manner into appearing, after serving three years within the U.S. Air Power within the Sixties after which working as an Alaskan lumberjack, a boxer the place his nostril was damaged thrice and a short-order cook dinner, based on a biography offered by Hofmann.

His profession spanned greater than 4 a long time, beginning with overseas movies within the early Nineteen Seventies and stretched via 2015 together with his closing function within the tv sequence True Detective, based on 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 starred 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 have been his profession decisions,” the discharge mentioned.

He performed the whole lot from an astronaut, cowboy, Vietnam struggle soldier, a chain-smoking police detective-turned-assassin, to a hero battling large worms, the discharge mentioned.

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.

Fred Ward gained a Golden Globe and the Venice Movie Competition ensemble prize for his efficiency in Brief Cuts in 1993, his biography mentioned.

He’s survived by his spouse of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and a son, Django Ward.



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