Fred Ward


Actor

About

Also Known As
Freddie Joe Ward
Birth Place
San Diego, California, USA
Born
December 30, 1942

Biography

With his varied work experiences, this rough-hewn character lead excels at playing blue collar types and working class heroes. Ward worked in mime and masque theater and performed in cabarets in Europe and Northern Africa before moving to Rome where he translated spaghetti Westerns and appeared in two TV-movies directed by seminal Italian neorealist filmmaker Roberto Rossellini--"The Pow...

Biography

With his varied work experiences, this rough-hewn character lead excels at playing blue collar types and working class heroes. Ward worked in mime and masque theater and performed in cabarets in Europe and Northern Africa before moving to Rome where he translated spaghetti Westerns and appeared in two TV-movies directed by seminal Italian neorealist filmmaker Roberto Rossellini--"The Power of Cosimo" (1974) and "Cartesia" (1975). After some lean times in LA (where he supported himself selling jewelry on the street), Ward made his feature debut as a jailbreak buddy of the even craggier Clint Eastwood in Don Siegel's "Escape From Alcatraz" (1979).

Ward's rugged looks worked well in action adventure films: Walter Hill's "Southern Comfort" (1981), a creepy tale of macho part-time National Guardsmen facing peril in the Louisiana bayou; "Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann" (1982), wherein he played a motocross bike racer transported to the Old West; and "Uncommon Valor" (1983), as a member of Gene Hackman's crew of commandos on a rescue mission in Laos. He received positive notices as astronaut Gus Grissom in Philip Kaufman's "The Right Stuff" (1983) and went on to work regularly in films and TV throughout the 80s and 90s. Ward starred in "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" (1985). Directed by veteran Bond helmer Guy Hamilton ("Goldfinger" 1964), this was a failed but valiant attempt to start an action franchise. He was also Kevin Bacon's partner in "Tremors" (1990), a jaunty 50s-style monster flick. Ward starred in and served as co-executive producer on "Miami Blues" (1990), a cop thriller/black-comedy which featured dynamic performances from co-stars Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Ward reteamed with Kaufman to play Henry Miller in the controversial "Henry and June" (1990). He appeared in three ambitious 1992 films: Michael Apted's "Thunderheart"; Robert Altman's "The Player" (as the studio security head), and Tim Robbins' "Bob Roberts" (as a news anchor). Ward also played an underworld kingpin in Alan Rudolph's quirky mystery, "Equinox" (1993).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

2 Guns (2013)
30 Minutes or Less (2011)
Armored (2009)
Farewell (2009)
Management (2009)
Exit Speed (2008)
The I Scream Man (2007)
Feast of Love (2007)
The Last Ride (2004)
Coast to Coast (2004)
Hairy Tale (2003)
Don Decker
Masked & Anonymous (2003)
Enough (2002)
Jupiter
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Abandon (2002)
Lt. Bill Stayton
Wild Iris (2001)
Errol Podubney
Summer Catch (2001)
Joe Dirt (2001)
Corky Romano (2001)
Red Team (2001)
The Crow: Salvation (2000)
The Vivero Letter (2000)
Full Disclosure (2000)
John Mcwhirter
Circus (2000)
Elmo Somerset
The Chaos Factor (2000)
Road Trip (2000)
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
Best Men (1997)
... First Do No Harm (1997)
Dave Reimuller
Chain Reaction (1996)
Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996)
Earl Bassett
The Blue Villa (1995)
Frank
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
Two Small Bodies (1993)
Lieutenant Brann
Short Cuts (1993)
Stuart Kane
Bob Roberts (1992)
The Player (1992)
Walter Stuckel
Four Eyes And Six Guns (1992)
Equinox (1992)
Thunderheart (1992)
The Dark Wind (1991)
Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn
Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)
Detective Harry Phillip Lovecraft
Henry & June (1990)
Henry Miller
Backtrack (1990)
Tremors (1990)
Miami Blues (1990)
Sergeant Hoke Moseley
Off Limits (1988)
Big Business (1988)
The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988)
Florida Straits (1986)
Secret Admirer (1985)
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
Swing Shift (1984)
UFOria (1984)
Sheldon
Silkwood (1983)
Uncommon Valor (1983)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Timerider (1983)
Southern Comfort (1981)
Carny (1980)
Belle Starr (1980)
Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
L'età di Cosimo de Medici (1979)
Tilt (1979)
Cartesius: Part 1 (a.k.a. Descartes) (1973)
Cartesius (1973)
Cartesius: Part 2 (a.k.a. Descartes) (1973)

Producer (Feature Film)

Miami Blues (1990)
Executive Producer

Cast (Special)

The Right Stuff (2001)
Narrator
John Steinbeck: An American Writer (1999)
Voice Over (Reading Of Steinbeck Works)
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country (1994)
Himself
The Price of Life (1991)
Noon Wine (1985)

Misc. Crew (Special)

Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country (1994)
Other

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

10.5 (2004)
Proximity (2001)
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2000)
Invasion Earth (1998)

Life Events

1979

First major film role, "Escape from Alcatraz"

1980

TV-movie debut, "Belle Starr"

1982

First leading role, "Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann"

1990

First film as producer (co-executive), "Miami Blues" (also actor)

Videos

Movie Clip

Player, The (1992) -- Touch Of Evil Robert Altman’s opening shot runs eight minutes and seven seconds, surpassing the Orson Welles shot from Touch Of Evil, 1956, referred to twice by Fred Ward, and we meet handfuls of studio people, principally Tim Robbins as exe Griffin, and Buck Henry pitching a sequel to his own movie, in The Player, 1992.
Swing Shift (1984) -- (Movie Clip) Dec. 6, 1941 Coming out of the credits and Carly Simon’s vocal on the theme song, we meet Goldie Hawn as Californian Kay, Ed Harris her husband Jack, Christine Lahti their singer neighbor Hazel and Fred Ward as her boss-slash-boyfriend, in Jonathan Demme’s Swing Shift, 1984.
Right Stuff, The (1983) -- (Movie Clip) No Buck Rogers Ensemble scene, the Mercury astronauts (Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Scott Paulin, Charles Frank, Ed Harris as John Glenn, Scott Glenn as Alan Shepard) confront the chief scientist (Scott Beach) about their capsule, in Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, 1983.
Right Stuff, The (1983) -- (Movie Clip) Archie And Jughead Early in the astronaut selection process, the head nurse (Jane Dornacker) instructs the trainees (Dennis Quaid, Lance Henriksen, Scott Paulin, Fred Ward, Scott Glenn and last, Charles Frank and Ed Harris) in a lung capacity test, in Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, 1983.
Thunderheart (1992) -- (Movie Clip) Busted ARM FBI man Coutelle (Sam Shepard) is laying out things for new colleague Levoi (Val Kilmer) when they meet Jack Milton (Fred Ward) and his fact-based "GOON" squad, in Michael Apted's Thunderheart, 1992.

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