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Fred Ward, 'Tremors' and 'Sweet Home Alabama' Actor, Dies at 79

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Fred Ward, best known for his roles in  and playing Reese Witherspoon’s father in , has died. He was 79.His publicist, Ron Hoffman, confirmed the news of the actor’s death to ET on Friday, sharing that Ward died on Sunday, May 8.

No cause of death has been released at this time.The Golden Globe winner impeccably portrayed a strong, often blunt, character throughout his career, while still retaining a likability that captured the hearts of viewers.

Appearing in films such as , , and, Ward’s talent spanned a long career from the 1970s through his more recent role in the second season of HBO’s .In the 1990 western-horror film , Ward starred as the character Earl Bassett alongside Kevin Bacon's Valentine McKee.

In addition to his film work, Ward was a recurring character on NBC’s . He also made appearances on shows like and.Ward is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie-France, as well as his son, Django.

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