This one hurts my heart. Tremors star, Fred Ward has passed away.
The star, who brought his unique brand of gruffness to films that included The Right Stuff, Tremors, Henry and Juneand The Player died Sunday, May 8 at the age of 79. No cause of death was given.
“Ward has played many heroes, each with a subtlety that removed them from the cardboard cutout figures that they could have been,” the Chicago Tribune‘s Julia Cameron wrote in a 1985 profile of the actor. “In many ways, his work, like that of Robert Duvall, can be viewed as a meditation on America’s notions of masculinity.”
Ward, who was a San Diego native, was married three times. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and his son, Django, named for Belgian jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.