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Fred Ward
Born Freddie Joe Ward
(1942-12-30) December 30, 1942 (age 72)
San Diego, California, United States
Occupation Actor, film producer
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Marie-France Ward, Silvia Ward

Freddie Joe "Fred" Ward (born December 30, 1942) is an American character actor, producer and model. 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, Big Business (1988 film), Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, Tremors II: Aftershocks, Chain Reaction, Road Trip, Management as well as character roles in many action, drama, comedy and thriller movies. Ward also did model shootings with Lara Stone, Linda Evangelista, Dree Hemingway and Beri Smither. He also appeared in the 1998 Pirelli Calendar.

Early life[edit]

Ward was born Freddie Joe Ward[1] in San Diego, California. He is of part Cherokee 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] janitor, and short-order cook. He studied acting at New York's Herbert Berghof Studio after serving in the U.S. Air Force. While living in Rome, he dubbed Italian films into English and appeared in films by neorealist director Roberto Rossellini.[5]


'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 theatre 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.[6] 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 private detective H.P. Lovecraft in the 1991 HBO film Cast a Deadly Spell alongside Julianne Moore,[7] Ward co-starred 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.

Personal life[edit]

Ward lives in Venice, California. He married Silvia Ward and had a son, Django Ward. After they divorced, he married Marie-France Boisselle in 1995 and she filed for divorced in August, 2013,[8] but they reconciled later that year.[9]



Year Film Role Notes
1973 The Age of the Medici (L'età di Cosimo de Medici) Niccolò de' Conti Episode: “Il potere di Cosimo”
1974 Cartesius N/A TV Movie
Ginger in the Morning Truck Driver
1975 Hearts of the West Sam uncredited
1978 Tilt Lenny
Quincy, M.E. Hostage Taker Episode: “Even Odds” (uncredited)
1979 Escape from Alcatraz John Anglin
The Incredible Hulk Lynch’s Henchman / Marvin Episodes: “The Disciple” / “Jake”
1980 Carny Jack
Cardiac Arrest Jamie
Belle Starr Ned Christie TV Movie
1981 Southern Comfort Reece
1982 Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann Lyle Swann
1983 Silkwood Morgan
Uncommon Valor Wilkes
The Right Stuff Gus Grissom
1984 Swing Shift Archibald “Biscuits” Toue
1985 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Remo Williams
American Playhouse Royal Earle Thompson / Mr. Crouch Episodes: “Noon Wine” / “Triple Play II”
Secret Admirer Lou Fimple
UFOria Sheldon Bart
1986 Florida Straits Lucky Boone TV Movie
1987 The Price of Life Crouch Short Feature
The Hitchhiker Luther Redmond Episode: “Dead Heat”
1988 Catchfire Pauling
The Prince of Pennsylvania Gary Marshetta
Big Business Roone Dimmick
Off Limits Dix
1990 Henry & June Henry Miller also soundtrack
Miami Blues Sgt. Hoke Moseley also producer
Tremors Earl Bassett
1991 Cast a Deadly Spell Det. Harry Philip Lovecraft TV Movie
The Dark Wind Joe Leaphorn
1992 Four Eyes and Six-Guns Wyatt Earp TV Movie
The Player Walter Stuckel
Equinox Mr. Paris
Thunderheart Jack Milton
Bob Roberts Chip Daley
1993 Short Cuts Stuart Kane
Two Small Bodies Lt. Brann Festival Event
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Rocco
1995 The Blue Villa (Un bruit qui rend fou) Frank Festival Event
1996 Chain Reaction FBI Agent Leon Ford
Tremors 2: Aftershocks Earl Bassett Direct-to-video
1997 ...First Do No Harm Dave Reimuller TV Movie
Best Men Sheriff Phillips
Gun John Farragut Episode: “Father John”
1998 The Vivero Letter Andrew Fallon
Invasion: Earth Maj. Gen. David Reece TV Miniseries
Dangerous Beauty Domenico Venier
1999 The Crimson Code Randall Brooks
2000 The Crow: Salvation The Captain
Ropewalk Charlie’s Dad
The Chaos Factor Max Camden
Circus Elmo Somerset
Road Trip Earl Edwards
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis John “Black Jack” Bouvier III TV Movie
2001 Summer Catch Sean Dunne
Corky Romano Leo Corrigan
Joe Dirt Joe’s Dad
Full Disclosure John McWhirter
Wild Iris Errol Podubney TV Movie
Dice Gacy / Noah Aldis TV Miniseries
2002 Enough Jupiter
Sweet Home Alabama Earl Smooter
Birdseye Nolan Sharpless
Abandon Lieutenant Bill Stayton
2003 Masked and Anonymous Drunk
2004 The Last Ride Darryl Kurtz TV Movie
10.5 Roy Nolan, FEMA Director TV Miniseries
Coast to Coast Hal Kressler TV Movie
2006 ER Eddie Wyczenski 3 episodes
Grey's Anatomy Denny Duquette, Sr. Episode: “What I Am”
2007 Feast of Love Bat
2008 Management Jerry
Exit Speed Sergeant Archie Sparks
2009 Armored Ashcroft
Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) Ronald Reagan
The Wild Stallion Frank Mills
United States of Tara Frank Episodes: “Transition” / “From This Day Forward”
2010 In Plain Sight Frank Jergens / Frank Jerome Episode: “No Clemency for Old Men”
2011 30 Minutes or Less The Major
2012 Leverage Steve Reynolds Episode: “The D.B. Cooper Job”
2013 2 Guns Admiral Tuwey
2015 True Detective Eddie Velcoro Episodes: “Maybe Tomorrow” / “Omega Station”


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Familytreelegends.com
  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. "dallasnews.com – Archives". 
  5. ^ "Fred Ward". TV Guide. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Mathews, Jack (October 18, 1985). "Will The Adventure Go on For Remo Williams?". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ J. O'Connor, John (September 10, 1991). "Review/Television; A Detective and Sci-Fi In Los Angeles Magic". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "'Tremors' Star Fred Ward -- Second Marriage Shot to Hell". August 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "“2 Guns” Star Fred Ward NOT Getting Divorced – Never Mind...We Worked it Out". November 13, 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 

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