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


Fred Ward, the veteran actor known for his diverse roles in the films “Tremors”, “The Right Stuff” and “Short Cuts” by Robert Altman, has passed away. He was 79 years old.

A representative of the “Exit Speed” star confirmed to The Post that he passed away last weekend.

“I am saddened to announce the death of famous actor Fred Ward, who passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the age of 79,” the statement read.

The Golden Globe-winning actor and producer is best known for the films The Right Stuff, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Tremors, Miami Blues, Henry & June, The Player, and Short Cuts. “

Ward’s representative Ron Hoffman told The Post that the cause of his death will not be revealed at this time – but they did share his last wishes:

“It was Fred Ward’s wish that any honors be made in the form of donations to the Boston University Center for Traumatic Chronic Brain Diseases. Please visit https://bit.ly/BUSMCTE Or call 617-358-9535 for more information. “

Ward spent the last years of his life developing his second favorite art form: painting, his representative said.

Fred Ward and Joel Gray in "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins."
Fred Ward and Joel Gray in “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.”
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The family representative said the family would not reveal the cause of death.
The family representative said the family would not reveal the cause of death.
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Fred Ward Whoopi Goldberg in "player.
Fred Ward and Whoopi Goldberg in “The Player.
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Fred Ward, who starred "shivering" Along with Kevin Bacon, Matt.
Fred Ward starred in “Tremors” alongside Kevin Bacon.
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His wife, Marie-France Ward, and son, Django Ward, were survived by 27 years.

News of his death circulated on Friday Twitter with Rolling Stone Editor Alan Sepinwall He calls out Ward’s beloved cult status.

He wrote: “RIP, Fred Ward, is an actor with a wonderful personality who has been instrumental in reaching the status of a leading man, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, unfortunately fails, but he continued to give a brilliant and vibrant performance for the rest of his career,” he wrote.

Fred is featured in "St. Valentine's day" Premiere in 2007.
Fred Ward at the 2007 premiere of “Feast of Love”.
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Keanu Reeves and Fred Ward in 1988 "Prince of Pennsylvania."
Keanu Reeves and Fred Ward in The Prince of Pennsylvania in 1988.
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Anne Archer and Fred Ward in "Short cuts."
Anne Archer and Fred Ward in “Short Cuts”.
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Film critic Robert Daniels also offered his condolences, writing: “Fred Ward has been absurdly good. A professional in everything he does from jerks to player. He can even give an amazing performance which is just as stupid a thing as JOE DIRT. Totally underrated.”

Ward started his career in 1979 alongside Clint Eastwood as his jailbreak friend in the movie ‘Escape from Alcatraz’. Prior to his breakout role, the San Diego native performed in nightclubs in Europe and North Africa, I mentioned the Turner Classic moviesbefore making his way to Los Angeles, where he supported himself by selling jewelry on the street.

Ward, left, in "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins."
Ward, left, in “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.”
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Fred Ward as Remo Williams.
Fred Ward as Remo Williams.
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After his success in “Alcatraz”, he starred in action comedies such as “Southern Comfort” (1981), “Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann” (1982) and “Uncommon Valor” (1983).

Walter Hill’s novel “Southern Comfort” (1981), a chilling tale of macho part-time National Guard men facing danger in the Gulf of Louisiana; “Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann” (1982), in which he played a motocross bike racer transported to the Old West; and “Uncommon Courage” (1983).

After working in television throughout the ’80s and ’90s, he landed a role alongside Kevin Bacon in Tremors and starred in the sequel, Tremors 2: Aftershocks. He has also starred in fan-favourite films such as “Exit Speed”, “The Punisher”, “Joe Dirt” and “Sweet Home Alabama”.

Randall Tex Cope, Patrick Swayze, Fred Ward, Rip Brown, Gene Hackman, Tim Thomerson and Harold Sylvester V "Uncommon valor."
Randall “Tex” Cope, Patrick Swayze, Fred Ward, Rip Brown, Gene Hackman, Tim Thomson, and Harold Sylvester in “Uncommon Valor.”
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Fred Ward and his wife Marie France in 2002.
Fred Ward and his wife Marie France Ward in 2002.
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Fred Ward and Morgan Freeman in "St. Valentine's day" Premiere in 2007.
Fred Ward and Morgan Freeman at the 2007 premiere of “Feast of Love”.
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Leslie Nielsen, Kathleen Freeman, Fred Ward and Anna Nicole Smith in "The Bare Gun 33⅓: The Last Insult."
Leslie Nielsen, Kathleen Freeman, Fred Ward, and Anna Nicole Smith in “Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult.”
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Ward also starred in “Miami Blues” (1990) alongside co-stars Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh and played Jennifer Lopez’s long-lost father in the 2002 film Enough.

His last roaring role was two episodes of the hit HBO series “True Detective”.



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