Golden Globe-winning actor Fred Ward has died aged 79. He was best known for roles in The Right Stuff, Tremors and The Player.
Golden Globe-winning actor and star of The Right Stuff Fred Ward has died aged 79.
Ward died on May 8 from an unknown cause, a representative confirmed to the New York Post on Friday, reported The sun†
“I am sad to announce the passing of acclaimed actor Fred Ward, who passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the age of 79,” the statement said.
Ward, a former short-term cook who served in the United States Air Force, attended drama school and started in 1973 with a role in an Italian television movie.
Ward made his US film debut as a convict in Clint Eastwood’s film Escape from Alcatraz in 1979.
Throughout his career, he appeared in films such as: Southern comfort† the good stuff† Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins† vibrations and Tremors 2: Aftershocks† Hendrik & Juni† The player† swing shift and Shortcuts†
“The unique thing about Fred Ward is that you never knew where he would appear, so unpredictable were his career choices,” his publicist Ron Hofmann wrote in a statement to NPR.
News of the star’s death shocked social media on Friday, with many in Hollywood expressing condolences to Ward’s family.
To be vibrations co-star Kevin Bacon wrote on Twitter: “So sad to hear about Fred Ward. When it came to fighting underground worms, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. I will always remember talking about his love for Django Reinhardt and jazz guitar during our long, hot days in the high desert. Rest in peace, Fred,”
Film critic Robert Daniels tweeted: “Fred Ward was absurdly good. A professional in everything he did from Tremors to The Player.
“He could even put in a great performance is something as obviously stupid as Joe Dirt. Totally underrated.”
Producer Charles de Lauzirika said: “Fred Ward was such an unexpectedly versatile actor, working in that secret zone between character actor and movie star.
“He always deserved more recognition. So good at Tremors, Remo, The Player, Henry & June…but my Ward favorites remain The Right Stuff and Miami Blues. REST IN PEACE”
Ward spent the last years of his life developing paintings, his representative told the After†
He is survived by his wife of 27, Marie-France Ward, and his son Django Ward.