Actor Fred Ward Dead at age 79

Wikimedia Commons, By Ahmet Yalçınkaya

Actor Fred Ward, known for his roles in ‘Tremors’ and ‘The Right Stuff,’ has now passed away at the age of 79.

As The Daily Caller reports:

Superstar actor Fred Ward, known for his roles in such hits as “The Right Stuff” and “Tremors” has died, per his publicist. He was 79.

The producer and actor, who was a staple of the small and big screen throughout most of the last few decades, passed away on May 8, reported CNN in a piece published Friday. No cause of death was given.

The veteran actor is probably best known for two of his biggest roles. First, as astronaut Gus Grissom in the 1983 movie “The Right Stuff,” about the real-life story of America’s early space program.

His second well-known role was in Ron Underwood’s 1990 horror-comedy “Tremors,” about giant worms living underground and killing people in a small desert town in Nevada. In that movie, Ward plays handyman Earl Bassett alongside Kevin Bacon and Reba McEntire as the three fight to survive and destroy the monstrous creatures.

He also appeared in well-known television shows like ‘True Detective’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’

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