‘Escape from Alcatraz’ actor Fred Ward dies at 79

american actor Fred Ward, Known for having starred in films such as ‘Escape from Alcatraz’, ‘Chosen Ones’ and ‘Terror Beneath the Earth’, he has died at the age of 79. His publicist Ron Hofmann was in charge of revealing the news this weekend. So far the cause of death is unknown.

However, the artist would have died last Sunday, May 8. But, by decision of his wife Marie-France Ward and his son Django Ward, Fred’s departure was kept in reserve. Fred Ward was born in San Diego, California.

“The one sure thing with Fred Ward is that you never knew where he was going to show up, so unpredictable were his job choices. He could play characters as diverse as Henry Miller in ‘Henry and June’ (1990) as a policeman trained by Chiun, Master of Sinanju (Joel Gray) to become an unstoppable killer in ‘Remo Williams’ or Earl Bass, who, alongside battle giant Kevin Bacon, slew worm-like monsters hungry for human flesh in the cult horror/comedy film Tremors ( 1990),” Hoffman said in a statement, who also said that Ward spent her final years painting, an activity she called her “second favorite art form” after acting.

The news took both his followers and industry colleagues by surprise, who through social networks expressed messages of condolences.

Devastated to learn of the passing of my friend, Fred Ward. A hard facade that covers emotions as deep as the Pacific Ocean. Good luck friend”, actor Matthew Modine, who co-starred with Ward in “Short Cuts” and “Alan Rudolph’s Equinox,” wrote on Twitter.

I am sorry for the loss of Fred Ward, who was so kind to me when we worked together on ‘Remo Williams’. Decent, modest, and totally professional, he disarmed with a smile that was both warm and mischievous.”, actress Kate Mulgrew said on the same social network.

Ward began his career in the world of entertainment in the 1970s, specifically in 1973 in the miniseries L’età di Cosimo de Medici., Directed by Italian Roberto Rossellini. Two years later, In 1975, he first appeared in American cinema playing a cowboy in the film Young Genius Seeking a Job.. In 1979, he was part of the main cast of the Clint Eastwood film ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ (Escape from Alcatraz).

In the 1980s, In 1988, he acquired the film rights to Miami Blues, in which Ward played Hoke Mosely, a veteran Miami detective. trying to corner a skilled ex-con.

In 1990, he starred in the film Tremors, in which, together with Bacon, he faced giant underground snakes and forged a cult film that would inspire four sequels (the first one did not have Bacon repeating, but Ward did).

That same year He starred in Miami Blues, a showcase vehicle for Alec Baldwin, and managed to appear in two Robert Altman films: The game of Hollywood and Crossed Lives, where he played supporting roles.

Ward won a Golden Globe and won a joint award from the Venice Film Festival for his performance in Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts.”