Fred WardA senior actor who brought intense tenderness to tough roles in such films The right things, player And Trembling, Died. He was 79 years old. Ward died Sunday, his publicist Ron Hoffman said Friday. The cause and place of death were not disclosed as per the wishes of the family Golden Globe And shared Venice Film Festival He received the Symposium Prize for his performance in Robert Altman’s Shortcuts and for his portrayal of the main character in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. He also rose to new heights in the 1983 Academy Award-nominated film The Right Stuff starring Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil Gus Grisom.
“I was devastated to learn of my friend Fred Ward’s demise,” tweeted actor Matthew Modin, who co-starred with Ward in the shortcuts and on Alan Rudolph’s Equinox.
“A tough face that covers deep emotions like the Pacific Ocean. Godspeed Amigo.” Ward was a native of San Diego who was part of Cherokee, a former boxer, Alaskan lumberjack and short-order cook who served in the U.S. Air Force. His first major role was with Clint Eastwood in 1979’s Escape from Alcatraz.
“I’m sorry for the loss of Fred Ward, who was so kind to us when we worked together at Remo Williams,” actor Kate Mulgrew tweeted.
“He was polite, humble and perfectly professional, and at the same time unarmed with a warm and ugly smile.” Ward’s other roles include a police officer chasing a mentally ill criminal played by Alec Baldwin in the George Armitage’s Miami Blues. He was a powerful and intimidating father to the character of Freddie Prince Jr. in Summer Catch and the title character of David Spade in Joe Dirt.
Ward introduced President Ronald Reagan at the 2009 Cold War espionage thriller Farewell, and co – starred in 2 Guns, a 2013 action flick starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
In the horror-comedy Tremor, Ward teamed up with Kevin Bacon as a pair of repairmen to rescue a community in the Nevada desert surrounded by giant underground snakes.
With the sexually charged NC-17 Henry & June, Ward showed more than just grit. Based on a book written by Anais Nin, directed by Philip Kaufman, Ward introduces novelist Henry Miller with Nin and his wife, June. “My backside (with that rating) seems to have something to do with it,” he told the Washington Post.
He co-starred with Altmann as part of a studio security chief in the director’s 1992 Hollywood satire The Player, and in 1983 starred as Mike Nichols’ Silkwood, a union activist and Meryl Streep’s colleague.
In his 1994 film “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult”, Ward portrayed his comedy choreography with the extremist intent to sabotage the Academy Awards.
On the small screen, he played recurring roles on NBC’s ER as Maura Tierney’s Abby Lockhart’s father in 2006-2007, and guest starred in series such as Grace’s Anatomy, Leverage, and the United States of Tara.
Ward recently appeared in the second season of HBO’s True Detective as the father of Colin Farrell’s detective Ray Velcore’s retired cop.
Ward has a 27-year-old wife, Mary-France Ward, and a son, Janko Ward.