A lost star. Fred Ward — best known for his roles in Sweet Home Alabama, Tremors and The Right Stuff — has died at the age of 79.The actor passed away on Sunday, May 8, according to his obituary.
A cause of death 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 read. “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 wife, 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 recently appeared in season 2 of HBO’s True Detective, portraying Eddie Velcoro, the father of Detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell).Read more on usmagazine.com