'Tremors' Actor Fred Ward Dies At 79 Latest Details
'Tremors' Actor Fred Ward Dies At 79 Latest Details

‘Tremors’ Actor Fred Ward Dies At 79 All Details

Fred Ward, a veteran actor who brought gruff sensitivity to tough-guy roles, has died 79-year-old.

Ward died on Sunday, according to his spokesman. Per family wishes, no cause or location of death was published.

Ward was a San Diego native and part-Cherokee boxer, lumberjack, and Air Force short-order cook. Early roles included Escape From Alcatraz with Clint Eastwood.

Ward won a Golden Globe and shared the Venice Film Festival ensemble prize for his role in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts. In the 1983 Academy Award-nominated film The Right Stuff, he played Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom.

In the horror-comedy Tremors, Ward and Kevin Bacon portray two mechanics who save a Nevada desert village plagued by gigantic underground snakes.

Bacon tweeted, “So heartbroken about Fred Ward. I couldn’t have asked for a better worm-fighting partner. During our sweltering desert days, we talked about Django Reinhardt and jazz guitar. Fred, rest in peace.

In George Armitage’s Miami Blues, Ward plays a ragged officer hunting a deranged criminal played by Alec Baldwin.

President Ronald Reagan in the 2009 Cold War spy thriller Farewell, and a supporting role in Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg’s 2013 action film 2 Guns

He also appeared in Altman’s 1992 Hollywood comedy The Player and Mike Nichols’ 1983 film Silkwood.

On TV, he played Abby Lockhart’s father on NBC’s ER from 2006-to 2007 and guest-starred on Grey’s Anatomy, Leverage, and United States of Tara.

Ward most recently starred in HBO’s True Detective as Detective Ray Velcoro’s father.

Ward is survived by his wife Marie-France and son Django.

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