Fred Ward

Actor, Producer, Translator for spaghetti Westerns
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/29/1942 in San Diego, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (86)

Cartesia 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The I Scream Man 2014 (Movie)

Vernon Stichin (Actor)

The Power of Cosimo 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

2 Guns 2013 (Movie)

Admiral Tuwey (Actor)

Leverage 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

30 Minutes or Less 2011 (Movie)

The Major (Actor)

Farewell 2010 (Movie)

Ronald Reagan (Actor)

In Plain Sight 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Armored 2009 (Movie)

Duncan Ashcroft (Actor)

Management 2009 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

United States of Tara 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Exit Speed 2008 (Movie)

Sergeant Archie Sparks (Actor)

ER 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Feast of Love 2007 (Movie)

Bat (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coast to Coast 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Ride 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hairy Tale 2003 (Movie)

Don Decker (Actor)

Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Abandon 2002 (Movie)

Lt. Bill Stayton (Actor)

Birdseye 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Enough 2002 (Movie)

Jupiter (Actor)

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

Earl Smooter (Actor)

Corky Romano 2001 (Movie)

Leo Corrigan (Actor)

Joe Dirt 2001 (Movie)

Joe's Dad (Actor)

Red Team 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Summer Catch 2001 (Movie)

Sean Dunne (Actor)

The Right Stuff 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Circus 2000 (Movie)

Elmo Somerset (Actor)

Road Trip 2000 (Movie)

Earl Edwards (Actor)

Ropewalk 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Chaos Factor 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Crow: Salvation 2000 (Movie)

Police Captain (Actor)

Best Men 1999 (Movie)

Sheriff Bud Phillips (Actor)

Full Disclosure 1999 (Movie)

John McWhirter (Actor)

Invasion Earth 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

John Steinbeck: An American Writer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Dangerous Beauty 1998 (Movie)

Domenico Venier (Actor)

The Vivero Letter 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

... First Do No Harm 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Chain Reaction 1996 (Movie)

FBI Agent Ford (Actor)

The Blue Villa 1995 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Tremors 2: Aftershocks 1995 (Movie)

Earl Bassett (Actor)

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 (Movie)

Rocco (Actor)

Two Small Bodies 1994 (Movie)

Lieutenant Brann (Actor)

Equinox 1993 (Movie)

Paris (Actor)

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Stuart Kane (Actor)

The Dark Wind 1993 (Movie)

Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (Actor)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

News Anchor Chip Daley (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Walter Stuckel (Actor)

Thunderheart 1992 (Movie)

Jack Milton (Actor)

The Price of Life 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Backtrack 1990 (Movie)

Pauling (Actor)

Henry & June 1990 (Movie)

Henry Miller (Actor)

Miami Blues 1990 (Movie)

Sergeant Hoke Moseley (Actor)

Tremors 1990 (Movie)

Earl Basset (Actor)

Big Business 1988 (Movie)

Roone Dimmick (Actor)

Off Limits 1988 (Movie)

Dix (Actor)

The Prince of Pennsylvania 1988 (Movie)

Gary Marshetta (Actor)

Florida Straits 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

UFOria 1986 (Movie)

Sheldon (Actor)

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins... 1985 (Movie)

Remo Williams (Actor)

Secret Admirer 1985 (Movie)

Lou Fimple (Actor)

Swing Shift 1984 (Movie)

Biscuits Toohey (Actor)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

Gus Grissom (Actor)

Timerider 1983 (Movie)

Lyle Swann (Actor)

Uncommon Valor 1983 (Movie)

Wilkes (Actor)

Southern Comfort 1981 (Movie)

Rifleman Lonnie Reece (Actor)

Belle Starr 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Carny 1980 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Escape From Alcatraz 1979 (Movie)

John Anglin (Actor)

Tilt 1979 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

10.5 (TV Show)

Actor

Belle Starr (Movie)

Ned Christie (Actor)

Cast a Deadly Spell (TV Show)

Actor

Florida Straits (Movie)

Lucky Boone (Actor)

Four Eyes and Six-Guns (TV Show)

Actor

Lovecraft (TV Show)

Actor

Noon Wine (TV Show)

Actor

Proximity (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Iris (TV Show)

Actor

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).

EDUCATION

HB Studio

New York , New York

Milestones

1990

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

1982

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

1980

TV-movie debut, "Belle Starr"

1979

First major film role, "Escape from Alcatraz"

Studied masque and mime in Spain, Morocco, France, and Italy

Worked as a lumberjack in Alaska

Appeared in two TV movies directed by Roberto Rossellini in Rome

Worked as a translator of spaghetti Westerns

Began acting in San Francisco while working as a produce picker and subway tunneler

Returned to the US; appeared in two Sam Shepard stage productions, "Income" and "Angel City"

Joined the Air Force after graduating high school

Worked as a laborer in a New Orleans barrel factory

Moved to L.A.; sold jewelry on the street

Moved to New York to study acting

Supported himself as a janitor and a demolition man in NYC's Hell's Kitchen

Shuttled among relatives in California, Louisiana, and Texas

Worked as a logger in Northern California

Worked as a short-order cook in Yuba City, California bowling alley

Bonus Trivia

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Ward studied Kung Fu, French kick-boxing, and Thai boxing in Bangkok.

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