Another Actor Loss For Hollywood Fred Ward died at the age of 79. He was a producer and character performer. In the 1991 film Cast A Deadly Spell, he was best recognized for playing the most favorable portrayal of HP Lovecraft.
His most recent role was as Eddie Velcoro, the retired cop father of Colin Farrell’s Det. Ray Velcoro, in HBO’s “True Detective” second season.
-The Super 70s sports writes “Super Sky Point to Fred Ward. Never once was anyone disappointed to see Fred Ward turn up in a movie. Always brought his “A” game. Rest in peace, you sweet bastard.”
His agent, Ron Hofmann, revealed his death, saying that Mr. Ward’s family did not want to reveal the cause of death or the location of his death.
Freddie Joe Ward was born in San Diego on December 30, 1942. His dad was an alcoholic who spent a lot of time in prison, and his parents divorced when he was three years old. His mother remarried to a carnival worker, and the family moved around a lot. He studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York. Ward went on to study acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio and in Rome.
He made his acting debut in two films directed by Roberto Rossellini. Ward returned to the United States in the early 1970s and worked in experimental theatre and on television. In Hearts of the West, he played a cowboy for the first time in an American film. Ward was in the US Air Force for three years before becoming an actor. He also worked as a lumberjack in Alaska and was a boxer. After serving in the US Air Force, he studied acting at New York’s Herbert Berghof Studio. His first notable part was as fellow escapee John Anglin in Clint Eastwood’s film Escape from Alcatraz.
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He was married three times in his lifetime. In 1965, he married Carla Evonne Stewart, but the marriage ended in divorce the following year. His second marriage produced a son, Django, with Silvia Ward. He married Marie-France Boisselle in 1995 after they divorced, and she filed for divorce in August 2013, but the couple reconciled later that year.
He died on May 8, 2022, at the age of 79.