Versatile Actor Fred Ward, Star of ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘Henry and June,’ Dies at 79

Versatile Actor Fred Ward, Star of ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘Henry and June,’ Dies at 79: A versatile and talented actor Fred Ward, who performed a role of a union activist in Silkwood, and author Henry Miller in Henry & June died on May 8 at 79. His family don’t want to reveal his cause of death and information about his death ceremony but they appealed for donations to the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center.

Fred Ward’s representative Ron Hofmann has announced his death and mentioned his family don’t want to specify the cause of his death.

Before coming into the film industry to work as an actor, he was an amateur boxer, logger, and lumberjack. Acting was his true career and he gave so many stunning performances in the movies. He started his acting career in the 1970s.  He got a hike in his career with the movie 1983 space race epic   “ The Right Stuff” and made Tom  Wolfe’s nonfiction best seller to the big screen. He played the fantastic role of astronaut Gus Grissom in The Right Stuff.

Hoffman also stated,” The unique thing about the actor is that you never guessed his next action towards his career and he was so unpredictable about his career choices. He was the most talented person in the universe. He left his wife Marie-France Ward, Son Django Ward and all of us in grief”. F

He was a versatile actor and performed roles in various genres like comedy, crime drama, romance and so on.  He has usually performed supporting roles in the movies. He played tough and resilient characters in the movies like “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins” (1985), in which played the role of James Bond who was a master of martial arts on assignment for a secret government agency and got lots of appreciation from the audience. In the next movie, he performed the role of motorcycle racer in the Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann” (1982).  Fred Ward and Kevin Bacon performed the role of wormlike monsters in the movie “Tremors” (1990).  He gave a stunning performance as a terrorist in the comedy movie “Naked Gun 33 ⅓” (1994). He was fit for any kind of role and every time got a bunch of love from the audience and team.

Fred Ward gained more popularity among his younger fans from the second season of the HBO series “True Detective”. And he played the role of the father of Detective Ray Velcoro.


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