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Fred Ward (1942)

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Freddie Joe "Fred" Ward is an American actor. He began his career in 1979 alongside Clint Eastwood in Escape from Alcatraz. He is best known for his starring roles in the motion pictures Remo Williams, Tremors, Henry & June, Short Cuts, The Right Stuff and Exit Speed. Ward also acted in European movies.


 early life
Ward, an only child, was born Freddie Joe Ward in San Diego, California. He is of part Cherokee American Indian descent. Before acting, Ward spent three years in the United States Air Force. He was also a boxer and worked as a lumberjack in Alaska.

  '70s and '80s
Ward became an actor after studying at Herbert Berghof Studio and in Rome. While in Italy, he dubbed Italian movies and worked as a mime until he made his debut in two Roberto Rossellini films. Upon returning stateside in the early 1970s, Ward spent time working in experimental theater and doing some television work. He made his first American film appearance playing a cowboy in Hearts of the West . His first major role came in the Clint Eastwood vehicle Escape from Alcatraz as fellow escapee John Anglin. He was also notable as a violent National Guardsman in Walter Hill's Southern Comfort .

His first starring role in a motion picture was Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann . He then starred as astronaut Gus Grissom in The Right Stuff, in the action movie Uncommon Valor with Gene Hackman and in the drama Silkwood .

  Remo Williams
After co-starring roles in Swing Shift and Secret Admirer he played the title hero in the action movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, which was directed by ex-James Bond-director Guy Hamilton. The film was supposed to be the first of a series based on The Destroyer series of novels. Though the movie was critically acclaimed and well-promoted, showing Ward on the cover of several movie magazines, it only grossed $15,000,000, which was not much in comparison to the James Bond movies. He confirmed that he did most of the dangerous stunts by himself. He also studied martial arts.

Ward played in a few low-budget productions until he returned to major cinema in 1988 as a cop in Off Limits, as Roone Dimmick in Big Business and the father of Keanu Reeves in The Prince of Pennsylvania.

In 1990 he starred as Earl Bassett in the cult classic monster movie Tremors , as the American erotic writer Henry Miller in Henry & June and as cop Hoke Moseley, whose gun, badge and dentures are stolen, in Ward's own-produced motion picture Miami Blues .

After playing H.P. Lovecraft in the 1991 HBO TV movie Cast a Deadly Spell alongside Julianne Moore, he decided to only play co-starring roles as a character actor in the thriller Thunderheart, the Hollywood satire The Player, the mystery-drama Equinox and the TV western-comedy Four Eyes and Six Guns. He also did a cameo in Bob Roberts.

Notable leading roles include Lt. Brann in the two-character-thriller Two Small Bodies, fisherman Stuart Kane in the Robert Altman film Short Cuts , a dangerous criminal in the comedy Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult , the sailor in the French-avant-garde-drama The Blue Villa , plus his reprised role in Tremors II: Aftershocks and the Special Agent in Chain Reaction . He also appeared as Sheriff Bud Phillips in Best Men, as Dave Reimüller in ...First Do No Harm with Meryl Streep and as Domenico Venier in Dangerous Beauty .

In the new millennium Ward was seen in many motion pictures, but also in productions made for TV and Video. In 2000 he starred in the action-thriller The Chaos Factor and co-starred in the gangster-movie Circus, the teen-movie Road Trip and as the Captain in the horror-sequel The Crow: Salvation.

In 2001 he was nominated for Video Premiere Award as the best male for the direct-to-video-production Full Disclosure. He also co-starred in Joe Dirt, Summer Catch, Wild Iris, the mini-TV-series Dice and the comedic Corky Romano.

In 2002 he co-starred in Sweet Home Alabama, Enough and Abandon. He had the starring role in Birdseye and signed in for the TV pilot for the drama Georgetown with Helen Mirren. Unfortunately the series was never made. So, after roles in The Last Ride, 10.5 and Coast to Coast he took a short break from acting and returned as a guest in the TV series Grey's Anatomy and ER .

He then starred in the ensemble drama Feast of Love, in the brutal action-filled thriller Exit Speed, Management with Jennifer Aniston and as the boss Ashcroft in Armored.

Recently, he starred as Ronald Reagan in the political-thriller L'affaire Farewell . He appeared in 30 Minutes or Less in 2011 and is rumored to star in Tremors: The Thunder from Down Under, but also in The Expendables 2.

 personal life
Ward is divorced from Silvia Ward and is currently married to Marie-France Ward. He also has one son and lives in Venice, CA.

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