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RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 13, 2022 11:18AM
....'Tremors'....'Remo Williams'.....no cause listed....passed on May 8th, as per his publicist.....


Fred Ward, Star of ‘The Right Stuff,’ ‘Tremors,’ Dies at 79

....Fred Ward, who starred in films including “Henry and June,” “Tremors,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Player,” died May 8, his publicist confirmed to Variety. He was 79.

Among his other prominent roles were parts in “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins,” “Miami Blues” and “Short Cuts.”

There was a certain retro quality to the actor’s persona that made Ward seem more akin to Humphrey Bogart or John Garfield (although not quite with those actors’ level of charisma) than to his contemporaries, and it did not seem at all affected. He appeared to be the sort of fellow who hailed from the South Side of Chicago or Hell’s Kitchen, but he was actually from San Diego.

Ward most recently appeared in the second season of HBO’s “True Detective” as Eddie Velcoro, the retired cop father of Colin Farrell’s Det. Ray Velcoro.

He recurred on NBC’s “ER” as the father of Maura Tierney’s Abby Lockhart in 2006-2007 and guested on series including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “United States of Tara.”

The actor played President Reagan in the 2009 Cold War espionage thriller “Farewell,” directed by Christian Carion, and had a supporting role in the 2013 actioner “2 Guns,” starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.

In Don Siegel’s “Escape From Alcatraz” (1979), Ward and Jack Thibeau played convict brothers who are partnered with Clint Eastwood’s Frank Morris in engineering the clever, daring purported escape from the Rock. (The bodies of the three men were never found, so it is unclear whether they truly escaped or whether they simply drowned in San Francisco Bay.) The film was vastly more interested in the mechanics of the escape than in developing the three prisoners as characters.

Ward brought his trademark grit to his portrayal of the courageous, intelligent astronaut Gus Grissom in 1983’s “The Right Stuff,” Philip Kaufman’s epic story of the early space program. Perhaps because Grissom ultimately lost his life in service to NASA (he was command pilot on Apollo 1, but before its launch on Feb. 21, 1967, the command module interior caught fire and all three men aboard died), audiences were especially sensitive to the portrayal in “The Right Stuff.” The film chronicled the Project Mercury spacecraft incident in which the emergency explosive bolts fired after splashdown and blew the hatch off, causing the ship to flood. A NASA investigation cleared Grissom of blame in the incident, but the way it was portrayed in “The Right Stuff” suggested that Ward’s Grissom had panicked and fired the explosive bolts as a result.

In Ron Underwood’s horror-comedy “Tremors,” one of several films that boosted Ward’s career and came out in 1990, Ward and Kevin Bacon showed enormous chemistry as a pair of handy men who end up saving a hardscrabble Nevada desert community when the town is beset by giant underground snakes, not unlike the sandworms of “Dune.” “Tremors” made only $16 million, but it engendered enormous affection on the part of moviegoers on cable and home video and spawned four sequels. The Washington Post said: “As the handymen, Bacon and Ward make a good team. Ward, who didn’t quite cut it as superhero Remo Williams, has the rugged looks and good humor of a friendly desperado, while Bacon continues to move beyond his glamour-boy roots and prove himself as an actor.”.....



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 13, 2022 11:48AM
I was just thinking about him yesterday. He had a unique aura about him.

RIP, Mr. Ward.



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 13, 2022 11:51AM
He played a great Gus Grissom in "The Right Stuff".

He will be missed!



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 13, 2022 11:51AM
I can't help it. I love Tremors. The "prequal", even though he isn't in it, always cracks me up when "Burt" unloads the punt gun.

I need to re-watch "The Right Stuff"



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: May 13, 2022 12:02PM
Rest in peace, Fred.

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As I recall not a bad movie at all, but it's been a long time since I've seen it. I will be watching it tonight.



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 13, 2022 12:06PM
He was great in the small role he had in The Player, too.



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: May 13, 2022 12:15PM
Remo was fantastic, such a great cast and the dry humor was a welcome break from the more over-the-top comedies of the day. Ward was superb in the lead role, and he also shone in the criminally-underrated Southern Comfort.



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: OWC Jamie
Date: May 13, 2022 01:01PM
Another movie that he was excellent in was Uncommon Valor.

RIP, Remo, Fred, whichever role you loved him in. He will be missed.



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 13, 2022 03:22PM
Remo Williams was always one of my favorites. Although as I got older I found out that the dude playing the Korean guy was white...in a @#$%& ton of makeup. Tremors was always a favorite too. I also liked him in Miami BLues with Alec Baldwin.



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 13, 2022 03:26PM
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I found out that the dude playing the Korean guy was white...in a @#$%& ton of makeup.

Of course he was, otherwise he couldn’t have walked on water…



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: Yoyodyne ArtWorks
Date: May 13, 2022 07:30PM
The dude was (and continues to be) Joel Grey, a highly-accomplished theatre and film actor.



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 14, 2022 09:00AM
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Yoyodyne ArtWorks
The dude was (and continues to be) Joel Grey, a highly-accomplished theatre and film actor.

And father of Jennifer Grey.



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 14, 2022 09:01AM
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I found out that the dude playing the Korean guy was white...in a @#$%& ton of makeup.

Of course he was, otherwise he couldn’t have walked on water…

ftw smiley



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Re: RIP: Fred Ward at 79 [ smoldering actor ].....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 14, 2022 09:01AM
....and now finally out as gay.....



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