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Actor Fred Ward has died, according to his publicist, Ron Hofmann

The star, who brought gentlemanly gruffness to films that included The Right Stuff, Tremors, Henry and June and The Player died Sunday, May 8 at the age of 79. No cause of death was given.

Ward brought reservoirs of tenderness to his tough guy roles, and plenty of street credibility. A former boxer, lumberjack and short-order cook who served in the U.S. Air Force, Ward went to acting school and got his start when he moved to Rome as a young man and worked as a mime, then a voice-over actor. That led to a few appearances in TV productions by Italian neorealist pioneer Roberto Rossellini, and then Hollywood. Ward made his U.S. movie debut as a convict in the Clint Eastwood movie Escape from Alcatraz in 1979.

"The unique thing about Fred Ward is that you never knew where he was going to pop up, so unpredictable were his career choices," Hofmann wrote in an email. "He could play such diverse characters as Remo Williams, a cop trained by Chiun, Master of Sinanju (Joel Grey) to become an unstoppable assassin in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, or Earl Bass, who, alongside Kevin Bacon, battle giant, worm-like monsters hungry for human flesh in 'cult' horror/comedy film, Tremors (1990), or a detective in the indie film Two Small Bodies (1993) directed by underground filmmaker Beth B., or a terrorist planning to blow up the Academy Awards in The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), or the father of the lead character in Jennifer Lopez's revenge thriller Enough (2002)."

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I think my favorite of his roles was in "Miami Blues".
 
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Don't we also have a Fredward here?



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"Well, I guess we don't get to make fun of Burt's lifestyle anymore."

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Don't forget his role as Gus Grissom in "The right Stuff".

RIP Mr. Ward.
 
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Bummer, he had some good roles. RIP Fred.



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God Bless Fred! I will miss you!
 
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I've seen many of his movies. He always played tough, gruff, abrasive characters whether the film was an action, drama, or comedy.

He was great in Uncommon Valor as a former tunnel rat. One of his more mainstream roles was playing Reese Witherspoon's father in Sweet Home Alabama. "Can't ride two horses with one ass."
 
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Sorry to hear it. Loved his work in "Tremors".

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I always wanted to see more from Remo Williams. Rest In Peace.


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Me too. I wanted to see more Remo Williams movies. I always thought he did a great job in that movie but obviously it didn't seem to find an audience.
 
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RIP Joe Dirts pappy


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Me too. I wanted to see more Remo Williams movies. I always thought he did a great job in that movie but obviously it didn't seem to find an audience.


I remember the end left the possibility of a sequel so open it was a given. Never happened. Too bad. I enjoyed it.



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He was a good actor in my opinion. RIP Remo.
 
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Don't we also have a Fredward here?



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Just watched him as the not so nice Lonnie Reese in Southern Comfort recently. Damn. Rest In Peace Mr. Ward. I enjoyed your work.
 
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He was one of those unsung actors

I liked him in Remo Williams, Uncommon Valor and Tremors.


He had an interesting life before acting.

He spent 3 years in the Air Force.
He was also a boxer (breaking his nose three times) and worked as a lumberjack in Alaska,janitor, and short-order cook.
 
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I had high hopes for the Remo Williams movie but there was such controversy with the casting, it seemed to kill any momentum the movie might have had. Mr. Ward completely disappeared off my radar until "Tremors," which is now my favorite of his works.

Rest in peace, Mr. Ward.


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RIP Joe Dirts pappy




Completely forgot about Joe Dirt. What a great movie.
 
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RIP. Always enjoyed his performance.
 
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