A misplaced star. Fred Ward — greatest recognized for his roles in Sweet Home Alabama, Tremors and The Right Stuff — has died at the age of 79.
The actor handed away on Sunday, May 8, based on his obituary. A explanation for demise has not been revealed at this time.
“The unique thing about Fred Ward is that you never knew where he was going to pop up, so unpredictable were his career choices,” the tribute learn. “He could play such diverse characters as Remo Williams, a cop trained by Chiun, Master of Sinanju (Joel Grey) to become an unstoppable assassin in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, or Earl Bass, who, alongside Kevin Bacon, battle giant, worm-like monsters hungry for human flesh in ‘cult’ horror/comedy film, Tremors (1990), or a detective in the indie film Two Small Bodies (1993) directed by underground filmmaker Beth B., or a terrorist planning to blow up the Academy Awards in The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), or the father of the lead character in Jennifer Lopez’s revenge thriller Enough (2002), or The Major, a pizza delivery guy in Danny McBride’s overbearing ex-Marine father in 30 Minutes or Less (2011).”
The late Golden Globe winner is survived by his spouse, Marie-France Ward, whom he wed in 1995, and his son, Django, whom he shared with ex-wife Silvia Ward. Apart from his Hollywood highlights, the United States of Tara alum “spent the last years of his life developing his second favorite art form: painting,” per his obituary.
The former United States Air Force member most just lately appeared in season 2 of HBO’s True Detective, portraying Eddie Velcoro, the daddy of Detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell). He beforehand appeared in recurring roles on Grey’s Anatomy and ER following a quick hiatus from acting within the mid-2000s.
While his listing of credit is prolonged, the late star’s efficiency in 2002’s Sweet Home Alabama is a fan favourite. Fred appeared alongside Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey and Jean Smart within the beloved movie, taking part in the daddy of Witherspoon’s character, Melanie. Even years after its launch, rom-com lovers are still eager for a sequel — and so are a few of the stars.
“I’ve even reached out to Reese, and I know Reese has said as well — it’s an iconic film,” Lucas, 50, advised Access Live in July 2018. “I would love it because I would love to see where these characters ended up or where they are at this point in their lives.”
Before Sweet Home Alabama, the previous boxer drew important popularity of his work in 1990’s Henry & June. The movie adopted creator Henry Miller, who discovered himself in a love triangle in Paris in 1931 along with his spouse (Uma Thurman) and one other author (Maria de Medeiros). It was the primary NC-17 movie to play in theaters and is one in every of solely three NC-17 films to be nominated in Oscars historical past.
“My rear end seemed to have something to do with [that rating],” Fred joked throughout a 1990 interview with The Washington Post, noting that he and his fellow stars “thought we were shooting an R-rated film.”
Though it was racy, taking part in the literary icon was “a dream role” for the veteran. “He was 40 when he took that big leap,” he mentioned of Miller. “Most people are digging themselves deeper into their structures. He was a man who knew he had to follow that inner urge, the creativity and the passion. Or he would die bitter.”