Fred Ward Has PassesBy RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies
This one is a sad one. He was a staple in TV and movies from when I was young. Of course, horror fans know him for his role in Tremors. Mine is my favorite Noir horror Cast a Deadly Spell, and Timerider. If you have never seen Cast a Deadly Spell here is the synopsis:
In 1948 Los Angeles, everyone uses magic- everyone except hard-boiled private detective H. Phillip Lovecraft, who refuses for "personal reasons." Lovecraft is hired by a mysterious rich man to recover a stolen book, the Necronomicon. Investigating, he finds that the book holds the key to taking over the world by magical means, releasing the "Old Ones".
Find it for a top-level classic PI mystery set in a world of horror (Which I am going to rewatch after finishing this).
The news reports that Ward died on Sunday, May 8th. He was 79. “No cause of death was given.” Fred Ward played the lovable character Earl Bassett in the original Tremors back in 1990, who along with Kevin Bacon’s Valentine McKee saved Perfection from the deadly Graboids. While Bacon didn’t return for Tremors II: Aftershocks, Fred Ward took center stage in a solo outing, reprising the role of Earl Bassett for the 1996 sequel to the original classic.
Fred Ward's more memorable roles were in Escape from Alcatraz, Remo Williams, The Right Stuff, Miami Blues, The Player, Naked Gun 33 1/3, The Crow: Salvation, Two Small Bodies, and Road Trip.
Fred Ward is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and son Django Ward.
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