Fred Ward, ‘The Right Stuff and Tremors’ actor, dead at 79

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Fred Ward, the veteran actor known for roles in a variety of projects including The right stuff and TrembleHe died on May 8th at the age of 79. His publicist confirmed the news to Variety. No cause of death was given. Ward has been mourned by several actors, including former ones Tremble co-star Kevin Bacon, who starred alongside Ward’s Earl Bassett as Valentine McKee. “When it came to fighting underground worms, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner,” Bacon said tweeted on May 13th. “I will always remember chatting about his love for Django Reinhardt and jazz guitar during our long, hot days in the high desert. Rest in peace Fred.”

Born in San Diego in 1942, Ward served in the United States Air Force for three years before studying acting at Herbert Berghof Studio in New York. He later moved to Italy, where he found work dubbing films in English and starring in some films directed by Roberto Rossellini. But it wasn’t until Ward returned to the United States that he landed his first major role, a role in Clint Eastwood’s 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz. From there, Ward’s filmography continued to flourish. He starred in a number of films including Southern Comfort, Miami Blues, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, The Prince of Pennsylvania, Henry & June, and abbreviations. His TV credits include roles on HE, Grey’s anatomy, The United States of Taraand leverage. He most recently played Eddie Velcoro on HBO’s second season True detective.

According to CBS News, Ward devoted the final years of his life to painting. Ward, who reportedly asked for his memory to be memorialized as a donation to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, is survived by his wife, Marie-France Ward, and son, Django Ward.

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