Crappy news on this Friday the 13th. Veteran actor, Tremors star Fred Ward has passed away. According to his publicist, the actor passed away on May 8th but was only reported today. He was 79. No cause or place of death was disclosed.
Ward was known as a tremendous character actor who had nearly 90 credits in film and television to his name. He was the grizzled tough guy in many roles.
He broke into the business in 1973 with a small television role in the Italian mini-series The Age of the Medici. He worked in Europe for a bit dubbing Italian films. When he returned to America, his first major role was in Clint Eastwood’s Escape From Alcatraz in 1979.
He went on to become a very versatile character actor who was highly sought after and never had to want for roles in Hollywood. He went on to star in Southern Comfort 1981, The Right Stuff 1983, Silkwood 1983, Uncommon Valor 1983, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins 1985, Henry & June 1990, Thunderheart 1992, Joe Dirt 2001, Sweet Home Alabama 2002, and so many more roles that are too numerous to mention.
His genre output was substantial with the biggest role being in Tremors 1990, Tremors II: Aftershocks (Video) 1996, The Crow: Salvation 2000. He also had a handful of television genre roles that included The Incredible Hulk (TV Series) 1979, The Hitchhiker (TV Series) 1987, Cast a Deadly Spell (TV Movie) 1991, Invasion Earth (TV Mini Series) 1998.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward and his son Django Ward.
Fred Ward was one of those actors that you couldn’t help but love him in every role he played.
Everyone at Horror Patch would like to offer our condolences to Fred’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Fred Ward Born: December 30, 1942 – Died: May 8, 2022