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Actor Fred Ward from the famous films “Cute House, Alabama” and “Right Things” has died at the age of 79 – Morning Bell

NEW YORK – Fred Ward, a veteran actor who brought rude tenderness in the role of cool guys in films such as “Right Things”, “The Player” and “Chills”, has died. He was 79 years old.

Ward died Sunday, his publicist Ron Hoffman said Friday. No cause or place of death was reported at the request of the family.

Ward won the Golden Globe and shared the Venice Film Festival ensemble prize for his role in Robert Altman’s Short Traits and played the protagonist in “Rem Williams: The Adventures Begin.” He also reached new heights by playing Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Goose” Grissom in the 1983 Oscar-nominated film The Right Things.

“I was devastated when I found out about the death of my friend Fred Ward,” wrote actor Matthew Modine, who co-starred with Ward in Alan Rudolf’s “Short Slices” and “Birthday”. “A hard facade that covers emotions as deeply as the Pacific. With God, amiga.

A former boxer, lumberjack in Alaska and a cook who served in the U.S. Air Force, Ward was a native of San Diego, part of the Cherokee. One early big role was with Clint Eastwood in the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz.

“I mourn the loss of Fred Ward, who was so kind to me when we worked together on Rem Williams,” actress Kate Mulgre wrote on Twitter. “Decent, modest and completely professional, he disarmed with a smile that was both warm and mischievous.”

Other roles in Ward included a battered police officer chasing a criminal who played Alec Baldwin in George Armitage’s Miami Blues. He was a formidable and fearsome father to both Freddie Prince Jr.’s character in “Summer Catch” and David Spade’s protagonist in “Joe Brood.”

Ward played President Ronald Reagan in the 2009 Cold War spy thriller Farewell and played a supporting role in the 2013 action movie “2 Guns” starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.

In the horror comedy “Chills,” Ward teamed up with Kevin Bacon to play a pair of repairmen who eventually rescue the Nevada desert community, which is guarded by giant underground snakes.

With a sexually charged, NC-17 “Henry and June,” Ward showed more than just perseverance. Based on the book by Anais Nin and directed by Philip Kaufman, Ward played novelist Henry Miller alongside Nin and his wife June. “My rear seems to have something to do with (this rating),” he told The Washington Post.

He also re-collaborated with Altman as head of studio protection in the 1992 director’s Hollywood satire “The Player” and played union activist and partner Meryl Streep in Mike Nichols’ 1983 film “Silkwood.”

Ward showcased his comedic chops by playing out the terrorists’ intention to undermine the Oscars in the 1994 film Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Last Icon.

On the small screen, he repeated the roles in the NBC series “Ambulance”, where in 2006-2007 he played the role of Abby Lockhart’s father from Mori Tierney, and also starred in such series as “Gray’s Anatomy”, “Ports” and “United States Tara” ». Ward recently appeared in the second season of HBO’s “The Real Detective” as the retired police father of Detective Ray Welkor Colin Farrell.

Ward is survived by his wife Marie-France Ward and his son Zhang Ward.

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