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Fred Ward

Highest Rated:   100% Bob Roberts (1992)
Lowest Rated:   6% Corky Romano (2001)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
64% 2 Guns
  • Admiral Tuwey
2013
No Score Yet One Direction: All for One
  • Actor
2012
44% 30 Minutes or Less
  • The Major
2011
No Score Yet Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country
  • Actor
2011
85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)
  • Ronald Reagan
2010
40% Armored
  • Ashcroft
2009
No Score Yet The Wild Stallion
  • Frank
2009
46% Management
  • Jerry
2009
No Score Yet Exit Speed
  • Sgt. Archie Sparks
2008
39% Feast of Love
  • Bat
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
No Score Yet Hairy Tale
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Coast To Coast
  • Actor
2004
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Drunk
2003
16% Abandon
  • Lt. Bill Stayton
2002
38% Sweet Home Alabama
  • Earl
2002
22% Enough
  • Jupiter
2002
6% Corky Romano
  • Leo Corrigan
2001
8% Summer Catch
  • Sean Dunne
2001
11% Joe Dirt
  • Joe's Dad
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
57% 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
70% 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
55% 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
100% Bob Roberts
  • News Anchor Chip Daley
1992
33% Equinox
  • Paris
1992
98% The Player
  • Walter Stuckel
1992
87% Thunderheart
  • Jack Milton
1992
No Score Yet Cast a Deadly Spell
  • Det. Harry Philip Lovecraft
1991
50% Backtrack
  • Pauling
1990
60% Henry & June
  • Henry Miller
1990
81% Miami Blues
  • Executive Producer
  • Sgt. Hoke Moseley
1990
85% Tremors
  • Earl Basset
1990
No Score Yet The Prince of Pennsylvania
  • Gary Marshetta
1988
36% 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
38% Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins
  • Remo Williams
1985
33% 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
75% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Denny Duquette Sr.
75% United States of Tara
2009-2011
  • Frank
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Eddie
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Gun
1997
  • Actor

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