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Fred Ward dies at 79: The Right Stuff actor passes away

Hollywood character actor Fred Ward died on May 8 at the age of 79, it was revealed by his publicist on Friday.

The San Diego native started his career within the Nineteen Seventies and went on to star in lots of well-known movies together with Tremors, Henry & June, Sweet Home Alabama and Enough.

He was greatest identified for enjoying Gus Grissom within the 1983 US Space Program film The Right Stuff reverse Sam Shepard and Dennis Quaid.

Sad loss: Hollywood character actor Fred Ward died on May 8 at the age of 79, it was revealed by his publicist on Friday. Seen in 2011

Sad loss: Hollywood character actor Fred Ward died on May 8 at the age of 79, it was revealed by his publicist on Friday. Seen in 2011

Ward died Sunday, his publicist Ron Hoffman introduced this week and in response to The Hollywood Reporter, no trigger or place of loss of life was shared which was his household’s want.

Ward, who was half Cherokee, had a background in boxing, which led to him taking part in gruff powerful guys roles on the massive display.  

He additionally had notable roles in Silkwood with Meryl Streep in 1983 then Swing Shift with Goldie Hawn in 1984

His final function was in 2015 as Eddie Velcoro for 2 episodes of the collection True Detective with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

The Right roles: He was best known for playing Gus Grissom in the 1983 US Space Program movie The Right Stuff opposite Sam Shepard and Dennis Quaid. Seen with Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, and Quaid

The Right roles: He was greatest identified for enjoying Gus Grissom within the 1983 US Space Program film The Right Stuff reverse Sam Shepard and Dennis Quaid. Seen with Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, and Quaid

Ready to fly: He is seen here in his orange and silver astronaut suit

Ready to fly: He is seen right here in his orange and silver astronaut swimsuit

He landed his first break within the 1973 TV film The Age Of The Medici as Niccolo.

After that he popped up on TV exhibits like Quincy ME in 1978.

Ward was cast many times because the tough sort till he lastly stood out when he landed the function of jailbird John Anglin within the 1979 film Escape From Alcatraz with Clint Eastwood. He performed a prisoner eager on escaping the San Francisco jail.

He could do period films too: Seen with Maria DeMedeiros as writer Anais Nin in the 1990 movie Henry & June in which he played author Henry Miller. Uma Thurman was also in the movie as June

He might do interval movies too: Seen with Maria DeMedeiros as author Anais Nin within the 1990 film Henry & June by which he performed writer Henry Miller. Uma Thurman was additionally within the film as June

Scary movie: In 1990 he starred as Earl Bass, right, alongside Kevin Bacon, left in the horror movie Tremors

Scary film: In 1990 he starred as Earl Bass, proper, alongside Kevin Bacon, left within the horror film Tremors

Next got here the function of Jamie in 1979’s Cardiac Arrest then the function of Reece in 1981’s Southern Comfort.

In 1983 he obtained an even bigger break within the critically acclaimed area film The Right Stuff.

He held his personal towards stage actor Shepard and film star Quaid. The movie revolved across the U.S. area program’s growth from the breaking of the sound barrier.

Playing tough in The Player: Ward, left, had a standout role as Walter Stuckel in the ensemble The Player in 1992 with co-star Whoopi Goldberg, right

Playing powerful in The Player: Ward, left, had a standout function as Walter Stuckel within the ensemble The Player in 1992 with co-star Whoopi Goldberg, proper

It additionally coated the number of the Mercury 7 astronauts, from a bunch of daring check pilots. 

The drama Silkwood adopted in 1983 then Swing Shift in 1984 earlier than he was given the titular function within the 1985 film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.

Fred labored steadily from then on, typically making three or 4 motion pictures a year.

In 1990 alone he made 4 movies: Tremors, Catchfire, Miami Blues and Henry & June (by which he landed the starring function as writer Henry Miller).

Ward had a standout function as Walter Stuckel within the ensemble The Player in 1992 with co-star Whoopi Goldberg. And that very same year he performed Wyatt Earp within the TV film Four Eyes and Six-Guns.

His friend: Ward and Morgan Freeman at the Feast of Love premiere at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in LA in 2007

His buddy: Ward and Morgan Freeman at the Feast of Love premiere at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in LA in 2007

His work within the Nineteen Nineties was rounded out by small components in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Chain Reaction (1996), Dangerous Beauty (1998) and the mini collection Invasion Earth (1998).

He was very busy within the 2000s with roles in massive Hollywood motion pictures like The Crow: Salvation, Joe Dirt and Summer Catch in addition to the Jennifer Lopez thriller Enough (2002).

And he confirmed up on two episodes on ER in 2006 as Eddie.

He labored much less beginning in 2010; he confirmed up in solely a handful of roles like as Admiral Tuwey in 2 Guns in 2013. 

He wed Marie-France Ward in 1995. She filed for divorce in August 2013 however they reconciled that very same year.

He leaves behind musician son Django Ward, whose mom is Silvia Ward. 

With his wife: Seen with spouse Marie-France Ward at 30 Minutes Or Less premiere in 2011. She filed for divorce in August 2013 but they reconciled that same year

With his spouse: Seen with partner Marie-France Ward at 30 Minutes Or Less premiere in 2011. She filed for divorce in August 2013 however they reconciled that very same year

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