Actor Fred Ward, of ‘Tremors,’ ‘The Right Stuff’ fame, dies

Fred Ward, a veteran actor who played tough roles in films like "The Right Stuff," "The Player" and "Tremors," has died

Fred Ward was 79 years old

Fred Ward died Sunday, his publicist Ron Hofmann said Friday. No cause or place of death was disclosed per the family’s wishes.

Ward earned a Golden Globe and shared the Venice Film Festival award for his performance in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts".

The Adventure Begins". He reached new heights playing Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom in the 1983 Academy Award-nominated film "The Right Stuff."

"A hard mask covering feelings as deep as the Pacific Ocean, Godspeed: Amigo."

An early major was alongside Clint Eastwood in 1979's "Escape from Alcatraz".

Ward is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward and his son, Django Ward.