Fred Ward Biography – Fred Ward Wiki
Fred Ward was an American actor and movie producer. He was best known for roles in “The Right Stuff,” the acclaimed 1983 adaptation of a book by Tom Wolfe, and “Tremors,” a monster film that ascended to cult classic status since its release in 1990. The Golden Globe winner was also known for roles in “Miami Blues,” “True Detective,” and for starring in Robert Altman films like “The Player” and “Short Cuts.”
A San Diego native, Ward began his professional career with small roles in 1970s episodic television before making a strong impression in his breakthrough film Southern Comfort, directed by Walter Hill and released in 1981. Two years later, he’d star as astronaut Gus Grissom in the hit film The Right Stuff.
Featured roles quickly followed, including in such films as Silkwood, Swing Shift, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Tremors, Henry & June, the Robert Altman movies The Player and Short Cuts Errol Morris’ The Dark Wind and Michael Apted’s Thunderheart. He starred in and exec-produced the 1990 film Miami Blues, directed by George Armitage and co-starring Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
On television, Ward starred in the miniseries Invasion Earth and Dice, and guest-starred in Grey’s Anatomy, ER, United States of Tara, Leverage, True Detective and others.
Before breaking into acting, Ward served in the U.S. Air Force for three years, and also worked various jobs including as a lumberjack in Alaska, a boxer and a short-order cook.
Fred Ward Age
He was born Freddie Joe Ward on December 30, 1942 in San Diego, California. The actor died on May 8, 2022. He was 79 years old.
Fred Ward Wife
Fred Ward was married thrice. His first marriage, to Carla Evonne Stewart in 1965, ended in divorce the following year. His second marriage was to Silvia Ward, with whom he had a son, Django. After they divorced, he married Marie-France Boisselle in 1995 and she filed for divorce in August 2013, but they reconciled later that year.
Fred Ward Son
He had a son, Django Ward, with his second wife Silvia Ward.
Fred Ward Family
He is survived by his wife, Marie-France Ward, and his son, Django Ward.
Fred Ward Death
Actor and producer Fred Ward passed away on May 8, 2022, at the age of 79. His publicist, Ron Hoffman, confirmed his death.
“The unique thing about Fred Ward is that you never knew where he was going to pop up, so unpredictable were his career choices,” according to his obituary. “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).”
“It was Fred Ward’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of donations to the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center,” Hofmann said.
Fred Ward Cause of Death
His publicist did not specify the cause of death.
Fred Ward Teeth
No, Fred Ward was not toothless. He portrayed a Miami detective named Hoke Moseley in “Miami Blues,” a role that required him to learn to speak with a prosthetic device in his mouth that covered his teeth (to give him the appearance of toothlessness). In an interview with The New York Times, Ward said his toothlessness was only an illusion, accomplished with veneers, prosthetic devices, fake gums and other trickery.
Fred Ward Net Worth
Fred Ward’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million.