Acclaimed actor Fred Ward, perfect identified for his roles in movies like “The Right Stuff,” “Tremors” and “Escape From Alcatraz,” died Sunday at age 79, his publicist showed to CBS News. Ward’s reason behind demise was once now not launched.
Before Ward’s movie profession started within the early Seventies, he held a number of different titles, consistent with a biography from his publicist: He served 3 years within the U.S. Air Force, and in addition labored as a short-order prepare dinner, a boxer and a lumberjack in Alaska.
Once his appearing profession started, he changed into identified for the flexibility of his roles, the biography mentioned, whether or not as a cop or an writer of erotic tales in “Henry and Jane” — the sector’s first NC-17 film. His first primary function got here within the 1979 Clint Eastwood movie “Escape from Alcatraz;” quickly after, he performed an unintended time traveler within the 1982 movie “Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann.”
The subsequent yr, he performed Air Force captain and Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom within the acclaimed movie adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s “The Right Stuff.”
“The distinctive factor about Fred Ward is that you just by no means knew the place he was once going to pop up, so unpredictable have been his profession possible choices,” his biography mentioned. He additionally gave the impression on TV presentations like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Leverage” and “True Detective.”
In the overall years of his lifestyles, he hung out portray, which his publicist known as his “2d favourite artwork shape.”
He is survived by way of his spouse Marie-France Ward and his son Django Ward. He requested that any tributes be made within the type of donations to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center.