‘So sad’: The Right Stuff star Fred Ward dead at 79, Kevin Bacon pays tribute

Golden Globe-winning actor Fred Ward has died aged 79. He was best known for his roles in The Right Stuff, Tremors and The Player.

Golden Globe-winning actor and star of The Right Stuff Fred Ward has died aged 79.

Ward died May 8 of an unknown cause, a representative confirmed to the New York Post Friday, reported The sun.

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

A short-lived former cook who served in the US Air Force, Ward went to acting school and made his debut with a role in an Italian TV movie in 1973.

Ward made his American film debut as a convict in Clint Eastwood’s film Escape from Alcatraz in 1979.

Throughout his career he appeared in films such as Southern comfort, The good thing, Remo Williams: the adventure begins, Tremors and Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Henry & June, The player, swing change and Shortcuts.

“The unique thing about Fred Ward is that you never knew where he was going to show up, his career choices were so unpredictable,” his publicist Ron Hofmann wrote in a statement to NPR.

News of the star’s death rocked social media on Friday, with many in Hollywood sending their condolences to Ward’s family.

His Tremors co-star Kevin Bacon wrote on Twitter, “So sad to hear about Fred Ward. When it came to battling underground worms, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. I will always remember for talking about his love for Django Reinhardt and the jazz guitar during our long, hot days in the high desert. Rest in peace Fred”

Film critic Robert Daniels tweeted: “Fred Ward was absurdly good. A pro in everything he’s done, from Tremors to The Player.

“He might even put on a great performance is something as obviously stupid as Joe Dirt. Totally underrated.

Producer Charles de Lauzirika shared, “Fred Ward was such a versatile and unexpected actor who worked in that stealth zone between character actor and movie star.

“He always deserved more recognition. So good in Tremors, Remo, The Player, Henry & June…but my Ward favorites are still The Right Stuff and Miami Blues. RIP”

Ward spent the last years of his life developing paints, his rep told the To post.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and his son Django Ward.

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