Fred Ward

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Fred Ward
BornFreddie Joe Ward
(1942-12-30) December 30, 1942 (age 72)
San Diego, California
OccupationActor, film producer
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)Marie-France Ward, Silvia Ward
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Fred Ward
BornFreddie Joe Ward
(1942-12-30) December 30, 1942 (age 72)
San Diego, California
OccupationActor, film producer
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)Marie-France Ward, Silvia Ward

Freddie Joe "Fred" Ward (born December 30, 1942) is an American actor. He began his film career in 1979 alongside Clint Eastwood in Escape from Alcatraz. His notable roles include Southern Comfort, The Right Stuff, Remo Williams, his self-produced movie Miami Blues, Tremors, Henry & June, The Player, Short Cuts, Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, Tremors II: Aftershocks, Chain Reaction, Road Trip, Management as well as character roles in many action, drama, comedy, thriller, TV and b-movies. Ward also acted in European movies.

Early life[edit]

Ward was born Freddie Joe Ward[1] in San Diego, California. He is of part Cherokee Native American descent.[2] Before acting, Ward spent three years in the United States Air Force. He was also a boxer (breaking his nose three times) and worked as a lumberjack in Alaska.[3][4]


'70s and '80s[edit]

Ward became an actor after studying at Herbert Berghof Studio and in Rome. While in Italy, he dubbed Italian movies and worked as a mime until he made his debut in two Roberto Rossellini films. Upon returning stateside in the early 1970s, Ward spent time working in experimental theater and doing some television work. He made his first American film appearance playing a cowboy in Hearts of the West (1975). His first major role came in the Clint Eastwood vehicle Escape from Alcatraz (1979) as fellow escapee John Anglin. He was also notable as a violent National Guardsman in Walter Hill's Southern Comfort (1981).

His first starring role in a motion picture was Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982). He then starred as astronaut Gus Grissom in The Right Stuff, in the action movie Uncommon Valor with Gene Hackman and in the drama Silkwood (all 1983).

Remo Williams[edit]

After co-starring roles in Swing Shift (1984) and Secret Admirer (1985) he played the title hero in the action movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, which was directed by ex-James Bond-director Guy Hamilton. The film was supposed to be the first of a series based on The Destroyer series of novels.[5] Though the movie was well-promoted, with Ward appearing on the cover of several movie magazines, it only grossed $15,000,000. He confirmed that he did most of the dangerous stunts by himself.[citation needed]

Ward played in a few low-budget productions until he returned to major cinema in 1988 as a cop in Off Limits, as Roone Dimmick in Big Business and the father of Keanu Reeves in The Prince of Pennsylvania.


In 1990 he starred as Earl Bassett in the cult classic monster movie Tremors (with Kevin Bacon), as the American erotic writer Henry Miller in Henry & June (with Uma Thurman) and as cop Hoke Moseley, whose gun, badge and dentures are stolen, in Ward's own-produced motion picture Miami Blues (with Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh).

After playing H.P. Lovecraft in the 1991 HBO TV movie Cast a Deadly Spell alongside Julianne Moore, he decided to only play co-starring roles as a character actor in the thriller Thunderheart, the Hollywood satire The Player, the mystery-drama Equinox and the TV western-comedy Four Eyes and Six Guns, for which he won a Cable ACE Award. He also did a cameo in Bob Roberts, starring Tim Robbins.

Notable leading roles include Lt. Brann in the two-character-thriller Two Small Bodies, fisherman Stuart Kane in the Robert Altman film Short Cuts (for which the whole ensemble won a Golden Globe) (both 1993), a dangerous criminal in the comedy Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994), the sailor in the French-avant-garde-drama The Blue Villa (1995), plus his reprised role in Tremors II: Aftershocks and the Special Agent in Chain Reaction (both 1996). He also appeared as Sheriff Bud Phillips in Best Men, as Dave Reimüller in ...First Do No Harm with Meryl Streep (both 1997) and as Domenico Venier in Dangerous Beauty (1998).


In the new millennium Ward was seen in many motion pictures, but also in productions made for TV and video. In 2000 he starred in the action-thriller The Chaos Factor and co-starred in the gangster-movie Circus, the teen-movie Road Trip and as the Captain in the horror-sequel The Crow: Salvation.

In 2001 he was nominated for Video Premiere Award as the best male for the direct-to-video-production Full Disclosure. He also co-starred in Joe Dirt, Summer Catch, Wild Iris, the mini-TV-series Dice and the comedic Corky Romano.

In 2002 he co-starred in Sweet Home Alabama, Enough and Abandon. He had the starring role in Birdseye and signed in for the TV pilot for the drama Georgetown with Helen Mirren, but the series was never made. So, after roles in The Last Ride, 10.5 and Coast to Coast (all 2004) he took a short break from acting and returned as a guest in the TV series Grey's Anatomy and ER (2006 and 2007).

He then starred in the ensemble drama Feast of Love, in the brutal action-filled thriller Exit Speed, Management with Jennifer Aniston, The Wild Stallion and as the boss Ashcroft in Armored.

He starred as Ronald Reagan in the french political-thriller L'affaire Farewell (2009). He appeared in 30 Minutes or Less, guest starred in the TV series United States of Tara, In Plain Sight and Leverage in 2012. In 2013 he had a guest role in 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. He is up to star in the horror movie The I Scream Man, directed by JT Mollner.

Personal life[edit]

Ward is divorced from Silvia Ward and is currently married to Marie-France Ward. He also has one son and lives in Venice, California.



1973The Power of Cosimo (L'età di Cosimo de Medici)Niccolò de ContiTV
1975Hearts of the WestSam
Quincy M.E.: Even OddsCraneTV episode
1979Escape from AlcatrazJohn Anglin
The Incredible HulkHenchman/Marvin2 TV episodes
1980UFOriaWaylon Jennings Imitator, Sheldon Bart
Cardiac ArrestJamie
Belle StarrNed ChristieTV
1981Southern ComfortCpl. Lonnie Reece
1982Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle SwannLyle Swann
Uncommon ValorWilkes
The Right StuffCapt. Virgil Ivan Gus Grissom
1984Swing ShiftArchibald "Biscuits" Toue
1985Remo Williams: The Adventure BeginsRemo Williams, Samuel Edward Macon
Secret AdmirerLt. Lou Fimple
Noon WineRoyal Earle ThompsonTV
1986Florida StraitsLucky BooneTV, later cinema
1987The Price of LifeCrouchShort feature
The Hitchhiker: Dead HeatLuther RedmondTV episode
1988CatchfirePolice Officer Pauling
The Prince of PennsylvaniaGary Marshetta
Big BusinessRoone Dimmick
Off LimitsSgt. Benjamin Dix
1990Henry & JuneHenry Miller, Soundtrack
Miami BluesSgt. Hoke Moseley, Producer
TremorsEarl Bassett
1991Cast a Deadly SpellDet. Harry Phillips LovecraftTV event
  • Graveyard Shift
The Dark WindJoe Leaphorn
1992Four Eyes and Six GunsWyatt EarpTV, nomination "Cable ACE Award" - Best Supporting Actor
The PlayerWalter Stuckel
EquinoxMr. Paris
ThunderheartJack Milton
Bob RobertsTV News Anchor Chip Daley
1993Luck, Trust & KetchupHimselfDocumentary
Short CutsStuart KaneWon "Golden Globe" & "Volpi Cup" for "Best Ensemble"
Two Small BodiesLieutenant BrannFestival event, also TV production
1994Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final InsultRocco Dillon
1995Un bruit qui rend fouFrank, the sailorFestival event
1996The WestHimself (voice)Documentary
Chain ReactionFBI Agent Leon Ford
Tremors 2: AftershocksEarl BassettDirect-to-video
1997…First Do No HarmDave ReimüllerTV event
Best MenSheriff Bud Phillips
Gun: Father JohnJohn FarragutTV episode
1998The Making of TremorsHimself/Earl Bassett (Archive Footage)Documentary
The Vivero LetterAndrew Fallon
Invasion: EarthMajor General David ReeceTV mini-series
Dangerous BeautyDomenico Venier
1999The Crimson CodeRandall Brooks
2000The Crow: SalvationJohn, the Police Captain
RopewalkDavid's Father
The Chaos FactorMax Camden
CircusElmo Somerset
Road TripEarl Edwards
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis"Black Jack" BouvierTV
2001Summer CatchSean Dunne
Corky RomanoLeo Corrigan
Joe DirtCody Nunamaker
Full DisclosureJohn McWhirterNomination Video Premiere Award – Best Actor
Wild IrisErrol PodubneyTV event
DiceGacy/Noah AldisTV mini-series
2002Live from Baghdad(Archive Footage)TV special/documentary
Sweet Home AlabamaEarl Smooter
BirdseyeSheriff Nolan Sharpless
AbandonLieutenant Bill Stayton
2003Masked & AnonymousDrunk
T-20 Years and CountingGus Grissom/Himself (Archive Footage)Documentary
Realizing "The Right Stuff"HimselfDocumentary
"Masked & Anonymous" ExposedSpecial ThanksDocumentary
2004The Last RideDarryl KurtzTV event
10.5Roy NolanTV event
Coast to CoastHal KresslerTV event
2006EREddie3 TV episodes
Grey's AnatomyMr. Denny Duquette, Sr.TV episode "What I Am"
2007Feast of LoveBat
Exit SpeedSergeant Archie Sparks
L'affaire FarewellRonald Reagan
The Wild StallionFrank Mills
United States of TaraFrank2 TV episodes
2010In Plain SightFrank JeromeEpisode 3.6
201130 Minutes or LessThe Major
20132 GunsAdmiral Tuwey


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at
  2. ^ "Worcester Telegram & Gazette Archives". 
  3. ^ Mitchell, Sean (April 15, 1990). "Exploring the Dark Side-as a Producer Actor Fred Ward's tenacity brings the comically sordid world of 'Miami Blues' to the screen". 
  4. ^ Wuntch, Philip. " – Archives". 
  5. ^ Mathews, Jack (October 18, 1985). "Will The Adventure Go on For Remo Williams?". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 

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