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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 30 December 1942San Diego, California, USA
Birth NameFreddie Joe Ward
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A marvelous character actor with intense eyes, a sly grin and somewhat grizzled appearance, Fred Ward has nearly 70 appearances under his belt in many tremendous films. He first became interested in acting after serving three years in the US Air Force and studied at New York's Herbert Berghof Studio. Ward then went to Europe, where he dubbed many Italian movies, and first appeared on-screen in two films by Roberto Rossellini. He then returned to the United States, and got his first decent role alongside Clint Eastwood in the nail-biting prison film Escape from Alcatraz (1979). Ward's looks often saw him cast as law enforcement or military characters, and he put in noteworthy performances in Southern Comfort (1981), Uncommon Valor (1983), as astronaut Gus Grissom in The Right Stuff (1983) and scored the lead in the interesting spy / martial arts movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985), which unfortunately was not as successful as had been the mega-selling series of Remo Williams books.

However, during "Remo", Ward demonstrated a great knack for comedic timing and satirical performance, and used this ability was to great effect in several films, including playing Kevin Bacon's fellow giant-worm-fighting handyman in the light-hearted sci-fi hit Tremors (1990), as "Walter Stuckel" in Robert Altman's The Player (1992), as TV anchorman "Chip Daley" in Tim Robbins' razor-sharp political satire Bob Roberts (1992) and as a vicious, but incompetent, gangster menacing Leslie Nielsen in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994).

Ward's abilities as both a strong supporting actor and a truly versatile character actor ensured that he would be in steady demand, and he has continued to turn up in a wide variety of roles utilizing his skills. Keep an eye out for Fred Ward in the action-filled The Chaos Factor (2000), as David Spade's dad in Joe Dirt (2001), in the tongue-in-cheek Corky Romano (2001) and in the Reese Witherspoon romantic tale Sweet Home Alabama (2002).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44

Spouse (2)

Silvia Ward (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Marie-France Ward (? - present)

Trivia (12)

Good friends with Ed Harris.
Has appeared in 3 movies whose title contains a US state: Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Florida Straits (1987) and The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988)
Was a boxer.
Chosen by Action Film magazine as one of the 10 Top Action Film Stars (#9). [1990]
When he lived in Italy he made money dubbing spaghetti westerns into English.
As an amateur boxer he had his nose broken four times.
Loves France and travels there often.
Lives in Venice, California.
Filming for one episode of the 3th season of Grey's Anatomy (2005).
Filming for Feast of Love (2007). [August 2006]
Is of part Cherokee Indian descent.
Has one son, Django.

Personal Quotes (5)

When you're a father, you know exactly where your heart really is. There's no question of it, no doubt. That part of your life has no second guessing.
I think it's better for the picture to have as much of me as it can. But I also cherish getting down and doing some acting.
[on when he decided to become an actor] I decided to act when I was in the Air Force. I was going with a stripper in San Antonio, hanging out with some bizarre fringe people--who considered themselves "show people"--including this 250-pound transvestite who designed costumes for strip joints, and a few gangsters. I was a young kid in the middle of this stuff, and it led to my decision. They weren't role models in a strict sense; more like the old freaks in the freak show. When I was younger I always felt like an outsider, and they said it was all right to be "the other." They had a nice little society, a little culture, and they dealt with life. So, as soon as I got out of the Air Force, I went right to New York. I figured that I could do anything I wanted. I had no one to answer to, nothing holding me back.
[The toughest job he ever had] Timber faller. It's the most dangerous, aside from combat, that you can ever have. There are a lot of ways you can get killed. A tree can "barber chair"--come back on you. "Widowmakers," which are dead limbs, can fall out. You can't predict what a tree will do sometimes. You have to watch sawdust and make sure the tree's not rotting. If it is, it might split on you. It's dangerous, it's hot--it's hard work. You have a big chainsaw that's rattling away and bouncing around, and you're slipping and sliding and standing on land that's sometimes nearly straight up and down. It can get crazy. On the other hand, I never wanted to work in an office under fluorescent lights.
[on his life before acting] At one point I was doing theater in San Francisco and actually living in the theater. I was broke. I was boxing--working out in a gym--and this trainer got me into the union. He started putting all the guys in his stable into the union. So I started making money, stopped acting and saved, to get to Europe. I kept moving around. Three years later I started acting again, because acting drove me. But I was still restless. I studied acting in New York for only six months before I wanted to get a ship for Europe. I'd heard that in Brooklyn you could get into the Scandinavian maritime union and get a ship without having papers. Wound up in Florida, then New Orleans, then Houston. I eventually came to California, worked in a bowling alley as a short-order cook. I drifted, picked tomatoes and beans and lived in labor camps in Ventura County. I wound up in Big Sur. I just kept moving. I went to Ketchikan, Alaska, lived with the Indians in stilt houses, worked in a lumber mill. And I still knew I would get back into acting. Eventually I traveled to Yugoslavia on a freighter, then went to Valencia, Spain, and then on to Tangier. I spent three months in Morocco. I wound up in Rome, and finally started acting.

Salary (6)

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985) $250,000
Tremors (1990) $500,000
Henry & June (1990) $1,000,000
Tremors II: Aftershocks (1996) $540,000
Masked and Anonymous (2003) $10,000
Feast of Love (2007) $3,000,000

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