American actor Fred Ward has sadly passed away this week in his late seventies.

He was best known for starring in the films Tremors, Henry and June, The Right Stuff and The Player.

The star’s publicist confirmed his death to Variety on Friday (May 13th), but his cause of death is currently unknown.

As tributes to the actor flood Twitter, let’s get to know him a little better. Who is his wife? And does he have children? Read on to find out…

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Meet Fred Ward’s wife

Fred is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward.

The pair wed in 1995 but she filed force divorce in mid-2013. However, they reconciled things and never went through with the proceedings.

He was married three times in his life, first to a woman called Carla Evonne Stewart, but the relationship only lasted a year.

Then, the 79-year-old married Silvia Ward, but their marriage also ended.

Fred then found happiness with Marie-France ward in the early 90s and were happily married for almost three decades before his death.

Little is known about Marie as they kept their relationship private and away from the public eye. However, she is not in the limelight herself.

He has one child

The actor only has one child, Django Ward. His mother is Fred’s second wife, Silvia Ward.

Rumours state that he followed in his father’s footsteps, but he does not have a profile on IMDb.

For most of his life, the 79-year-old lived in the Venice area of Los Angeles, which is presumably where he lived with his wife.

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Inside the actor’s career

Born in San Diego, Freddie Joe Ward, or Fred as he was better known, spent three years in the US Air Force before turning to acting.

He was also a boxer before going on to study acting at New York’s Herbert Berghof Studio.

In his early career, he lived in Rome starred in many Italian films by notorious director Roberto Rossellini.

Then, he returned to the United States and did some television work before appearing in Hearts of the West (1975) and Escape from Alcatraz (1979).

His 1980s roles included Southern Comfort (1981), Silkwood (1983), Swing Shift (1984) and Secret Admirer (1985).

Then, he starred as Earl Bassett in the movie Tremors, which is what he is most known for, before appearing in HBO’s Cast a Deadly Spell and thriller movie Thunderheart.

He continued acting throughout the 1990s and 2000s and even received a Golden Globe for his appearance in Short Cuts before going on to appear in films with Meryl Streep, Jennifer Aniston and Helen Mirren.

His most recent role was in 2 Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, then he seemingly retired from acting.


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