Fred Ward, Veteran Actor Who Starred on ‘Tremors’ and ‘The Right Stuff’, Passed Away at 79

According to his publicist, Ron Hoffman, the veteran star wished that any memorial tributes be made in the form of donations to the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center.

AceShowbiz -Actor Fred Ward has died at the age of 79. Publicist Ron Hoffman confirmed the sad news without providing a cause or location in respect of the wishes made by the “Tremors” star’s family.

About Fred’s May 8 passing, Ron told PEOPLE, “It was Fred Ward’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of donations to the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center.”

Being born and raised in San Diego, Fred worked in Hollywood for more than four decades. He served in the U.S. Air Force for three years and worked as a lumberjack in Alaska and other odd jobs before breaking into acting.

After working in television, the veteran actor got his big break with the 1974 movie “Ginger in the Morning”. He went on to appear in such shows as “Quincy“, “M.E”, and the “The Incredible Hulk“.

The Golden Globe winner went on to add “The Right Stuff” and “Henry and June” to his credit list, among other projects, including the 1996 sequel to “Tremors”. He worked alongside Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh in “Miami Blues”, playing Officer Hoke Moseley.

In the ’00s, Fred appeared in such shows as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “ER“. His last project was the 2015 series “True Detective“, which also starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, as the character Eddie Velcoro.

Ron is survived by his wife Marie-France Ward, whom he was married to for 27 years, and his son Django Ward, from a previous relationship.

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