Fred Ward, 'The right Stuff' and 'short Cuts' actor, lifeless at 79 - CNN

Ward, established for his work in "The right Stuff," "brief Cuts," and a large number of different movies, died on may additionally 8 at age 79.

No explanation for death become given.

Ward all started acting in the early 1970s, following three years of carrier within the U.S. Air drive. A renaissance man, Ward also did stints as a brief-order prepare dinner, a boxer, and worked as a lumberjack in Alaska. His first foremost position got here in the Clint Eastwood film "escape from Alcatraz" in 1979.

Fred Ward in the 1983 film "The Right Stuff."

Fred Ward in the 1983 film "The Right Stuff."

Fred Ward within the 1983 movie "The correct Stuff."

In "The right Stuff," Ward portrayed real-existence Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom. He switched gears in "Henry & June," enjoying chain-smoking, challenging-drinking writer Henry Miller, who travels to Paris in 1931 to finish his book "Tropic of cancer."

In 1988, Ward purchased the film rights to "Miami Blues," which showcased Ward as Hoke Mosely, a veteran Miami detective trying to corral a slick ex-con.

Ward later joined forces with Robert Altman in "The participant," performed a gangster in Alan Rudolph's "Equinox," and became a tv news anchor in Tim Robbins' "Bob Roberts." In 1993, he performed one in every of three friends who discover a corpse whereas fishing in "short Cuts."

"The pleasing element about Fred Ward is that you on no account knew where he become going to pop up, so unpredictable were his profession choices," Hofmann stated in an emailed remark.

a few of Ward's different film credits encompass "summer seize," "sweet home Alabama" and "Abandon." In tv, Ward appeared in "the U.S. of Tara," "grey's Anatomy," "Leverage," "actual Detective" and among different sequence.

also an artist, in fresh years Ward directed some of his creative talent to painting.

he is survived by way of his spouse of 27 years, Marie-France Ward and his son Django Ward.

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