Some sad news to report today. It’s being reported by multiple outlets that 79-year-old actor Fred Ward has passed away.
And if you don’t know his name, you probably know his face. He has starred in a number of movies and tv shows throughout the years. He starred in movies like Tremors, The Right Stuff, Escape from Alcatraz and Southern Comfort.
He also had a guest-starring role in the super successful ‘True Detective‘ series. He started his career back in the 1970s, landing small roles in television before his breakout role in the thriller film, Southern Comfort, in 1981.
His death was announced by his publicist. No cause of death was released, but his reps claim his last wish was for any memorial tributes to be made to the Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center. We’re not sure if he suffered from brain trauma himself, or if the cause/research was simply close to his heart.
Ward leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward and his son, Django. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
He will be missed.