Fred Ward

Highest Rated: 98% The Player (1992)
Lowest Rated: 6% Corky Romano (2001)
Birthday: Dec 30, 1942
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA
Tall, outdoorsy, easygoing, and known for giving consistently well-wrought, naturalistic performances, Fred Ward seems to have all the makings of a leading man, but for some reason he has had more success in supporting and character roles. He became an actor after a three-year Air Force stint and time spent studying at New York's Herbert Berghof Studio and in Rome. While in Italy he dubbed Italian movies and worked as a mime until he made his debut in two Roberto Rossellini films. Upon returning stateside in the early '70s, Ward spent time working in experimental theater and doing some television work. He made his first American film appearance playing a truck driver in Ginger in the Morning (1973). His first major role came in the Clint Eastwood vehicle Escape From Alcatraz (1979) as fellow escapee John Anglin. For Ward, 1983 was a very good year as he played key roles in three major films, Uncommon Valor, as an anguished Vietnam vet-turned-sculptor, Silkwood, as a brave union activist, and in a scene-stealing performance as Virgil "Gus" Grissom in Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff. In 1985, Ward starred in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, a James Bond-ian spy thriller; this was to be the film that made Ward a leading man. Unfortunately, it fizzled at the box office. This led to more leading roles, but again, none were particularly successful and he returned to major supporting roles. Notable performances from the '90s include that of a beaten-down, humiliated cop in Miami Blues, (Ward also co-produced it), a fascinating portrayal of author Henry Miller in Henry & June (both 1990), and as the studio security chief in The Player (1992). His role alongside Kevin Bacon in 1990's Tremors found Ward's comic abilities sharp and in tact, and after again appearing alongside Tim Robbins in the 1992 satire Bob Roberts, the talented actor would continue through the 1990s with role in The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), and the Keanu Reeves thriller Chain Reaction (1996). Increasingly busy into the new millennium, Ward continued to move effortlessly between television and film roles, displaying his sense of humor in Joe Dirt and Corky Romano (both 2001), and his penchant for action in The Chaos Factor (2000) and Full Disclosure the following year. He worked continuously in projects such as Enough and Sweet Home Alabama (both 2002), the Bob Dylan vehicle Masked and Anonymous, and appeared briefly on the hit television series Grey's Anatomy. In 2010 he was part of the cast of The United States of Tara, and the next year he appeared in the crime comedy 30 Minutes or Less.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
64% 2 Guns Admiral Tuwey $73.6M 2013
No Score Yet One Direction: All for One Actor 2012
44% 30 Minutes or Less The Major $37.2M 2011
No Score Yet Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country Actor 2011
86% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) Ronald Reagan $0.4M 2010
40% Armored Ashcroft $16M 2009
No Score Yet The Wild Stallion Frank 2009
47% Management Jerry $0.9M 2009
No Score Yet Exit Speed Sgt. Archie Sparks 2008
40% Feast of Love Bat $3.5M 2007
No Score Yet Funky Monkey Don Decker 2004
No Score Yet The Last Ride Darryl Kurtz 2004
No Score Yet 10.5 Roy Nolan 2004
25% Masked and Anonymous Drunk $0.2M 2003
16% Abandon Lt. Bill Stayton $10.7M 2002
38% Sweet Home Alabama Earl $127.3M 2002
22% Enough Jupiter $39.2M 2002
6% Corky Romano Leo Corrigan 2001
8% Summer Catch Sean Dunne $19.1M 2001
11% Joe Dirt Joe's Dad $27.1M 2001
No Score Yet Proximity Actor 2001
No Score Yet Red Team (The Crimson Code) Randall Brooks 2001
No Score Yet Wild Iris Errol Podubney 2001
9% Circus Elmo 2000
No Score Yet The Chaos Factor Max Camden 2000
58% Road Trip Earl Edwards 2000
22% The Crow - Salvation Police Captain 2000
No Score Yet The Vivero Letter Drew Fallon 2000
No Score Yet Full Disclosure John McWhirter 1999
13% Best Men Sheriff Bud Phillips 1998
No Score Yet Forgotten City Drew 1998
68% Dangerous Beauty Domenico Venier 1998
No Score Yet Invasion Earth Actor 1998
No Score Yet Jamás Causaré Daño Dave Reimuller 1997
16% Chain Reaction Agt. Leon Ford 1996
63% Tremors 2: Aftershocks Earl 1996
No Score Yet Un bruit qui rend fou (The Blue Villa) Frank 1995
54% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Rocco 1994
No Score Yet Two Small Bodies Lt. Brann 1994
95% Short Cuts Stuart Kane 1993
No Score Yet The Dark Wind Lt. Joe Leaphorn 1993
No Score Yet Four Eyes and Six-Guns Wyatt Earp 1993
97% Bob Roberts News Anchor Chip Daley 1992
33% Equinox Paris 1992
98% The Player Walter Stuckel 1992
88% Thunderheart Jack Milton 1992
No Score Yet Cast a Deadly Spell Det. Harry Philip Lovecraft 1991
50% Catchfire (Backtrack) Pauling 1990
60% Henry & June Henry Miller 1990
81% Miami Blues Sgt. Hoke Moseley Executive Producer 1990
85% Tremors Earl Basset 1990
No Score Yet The Prince of Pennsylvania Gary Marshetta 1988
40% Big Business Roone Dimmick 1988
50% Off Limits Dix 1988
No Score Yet Florida Straits Lucky Boone 1987
No Score Yet UFOria Sheldon Bart 1986
41% Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins Remo Williams 1985
30% Secret Admirer Lou Fimple 1985
92% Swing Shift Biscuits Toohey 1984
No Score Yet Noon Wine Royal Earle Thompson 1984
56% Uncommon Valor Wilkes 1983
79% Silkwood Morgan 1983
98% The Right Stuff Grissom 1983
No Score Yet Timerider Lyle Swann 1983
No Score Yet Time Rider Actor 1983
88% Southern Comfort Reece 1981
No Score Yet Coast to Coast Hal Kessler 1980
No Score Yet Carny Jack 1980
95% Escape From Alcatraz John Anglin 1979
No Score Yet Tilt Lenny 1979
No Score Yet Ginger in the Morning Truck Driver 1974

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • 2010
85% United States of Tara
2009-2011
Frank
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Eddie
  • 2006
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Denny Duquette Sr.
  • 2006
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
Henchman
  • 1979
57% Gun
1997

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