Actor Fred Ward, of ‘Tremors,’ ‘The Right Stuff’ fame, dies

Fred Ward, a veteran actor who brought a gruff tenderness to tough-guy roles in such films as “The Right Stuff,” “The Player” and “Tremors

Ward earned a Golden Globe and shared the Venice Film Festival ensemble prize for his performance in Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts,” and played the title character in “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

He also reached new heights playing Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom in 1983′s Academy Award-nominated film “The Right Stuff.”

Ward’s other roles included a rumpled cop chasing a psychotic criminal played by Alec Baldwin in George Armitage’s “Miami Blues.”

He was a formidable and intimidating father to both Freddie Prinze Jr.’s character in “Summer Catch” and David Spade’s title character in “Joe Dirt.”

Ward played President Ronald Reagan in the 2009 Cold War espionage thriller “Farewell”

He had a supporting role in the 2013 action flick “2 Guns,” starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.

With the sexually charged, NC-17 “Henry & June,” Ward showed more than just grit.

Based on the book by Anais Nin and directed by Philip Kaufman, Ward played novelist Henry Miller, opposite Nin and his wife, June.

Ward is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward and his son, Django Ward.