November 27, 2022

Acclaimed actor Fred Ward, highest identified for his roles in motion pictures like “The Proper Stuff,” “Tremors” and “Get away From Alcatraz,” died Sunday at age 79, his publicist showed to CBS Information. Ward’s explanation for loss of life used to be now not launched. 

Prior to Ward’s movie profession started within the early Seventies, he held a number of different titles, in line with a biography from his publicist: He served 3 years within the U.S. Air Pressure, and likewise labored as a short-order prepare dinner, a boxer and a lumberjack in Alaska. 

As soon as his appearing profession started, he become identified for the flexibility of his roles, the biography mentioned, whether or not as a cop or an creator of erotic tales in “Henry and Jane” — the sector’s first NC-17 film. His first main position got here within the 1979 Clint Eastwood movie “Get away from Alcatraz;” quickly after, he performed an unintentional time traveler within the 1982 movie “Timerider: The Journey of Lyle Swann.” 

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Actor Fred Ward and his spouse Marie France arrive on the premiere screening of “10.5” on April 28, 2004 at Laemmles Monica Theater in Santa Monica, California.

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The following yr, he performed Air Pressure captain and Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom within the acclaimed movie adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s “The Proper Stuff.” 

“The original factor about Fred Ward is that you just by no means knew the place he used to be going to pop up, so unpredictable have been his profession alternatives,” his biography mentioned. He additionally seemed on TV displays like “Gray’s Anatomy,” “Leverage” and “True Detective.” 

Within the ultimate years of his existence, he hung out portray, which his publicist known as his “2d favourite artwork shape.” 

He’s 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 College’s Persistent Disturbing Encephalopathy Middle.

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