Fred Ward, a veteran character actor who delighted followers within the first two Tremors motion pictures, has handed away. He was 79 years previous. No explanation for dying has but been revealed, however his Ward’s passing was confirmed by his publicist, Ron Hoffmann. Born December 30, 1942, Ward gained mainstream consideration taking part in astronaut Gus Grissom within the 1974 movie The Proper Stuff. He would go on to have an extended profession during which he performed all kinds of character varieties in movies like The Participant, Quick Cuts, …First Do No Hurt, and on TV in reveals like Gray’s Anatomy and Leverage. In one among his ultimate movie roles, he appeared within the comedian e book adaptation 2 Weapons starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
Ward, together with the remainder of the ensemble, gained a Golden Globe Award for Quick Cuts. His ultimate display screen position was in True Detective season 2, during which he performed Eddie Velcoro, a retired cop and the daddy of Colin Farrell’s Ray Velcoro.
“The distinctive factor about Fred Ward is that you just by no means knew the place he was going to pop up, so unpredictable have been his profession selections,” Hofmann told NPR. “He may play such various characters as Remo Williams, a cop skilled by Chiun, Grasp of Sinanju (Joel Gray) to grow to be an unstoppable murderer in Remo Williams: The Journey Begins, or Earl Bass, who, alongside Kevin Bacon, battle big, worm-like monsters hungry for human flesh in ‘cult’ horror/comedy movie, Tremors (1990), or a detective within the indie movie Two Small Our bodies (1993) directed by underground filmmaker Beth B., or a terrorist planning to explode the Academy Awards in The Bare Gun 33 1/3: The Closing Insult (1994), or the daddy of the lead character in Jennifer Lopez’s revenge thriller Sufficient (2002).”
Ward’s Tremors position made him a fan-favorite, as a result of after the primary film flopped on the field workplace, it turned an enormous hit on house video. Stars like Reba McIntire and Kevin Bacon opted to not come again for Tremors II: Aftershocks, however Ward got here again (together with Michael Gross, who would do a bunch extra sequels). Followers had hoped he may reprise the position within the scrapped Tremors TV present, which might have introduced Bacon again.
Ward is survived by his spouse of 27 years, Marie-France Ward and his son Django. Our condolences exit to Mr. Ward’s household, buddies, followers and collaborators.