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Hollywood actor Fred Ward died on May 8 at the age of 79, a publicist revealed on Friday.

The San Diego native began his career in the 1970s and went on to appear in many well-known films including Tremors, Henry & June, Sweet Home Alabama, and Enough.

He is best known for playing Gus Grissom in the 1983 film The Right Stuff on the US Space Program opposite Sam Shepard and Dennis Quaid.

A sad loss: Hollywood actor Fred Ward died on May 8 at the age of 79, a publicist revealed on Friday. seen in 2011

Ward publicist Ron Hoffman announced this week and according to The Hollywood Reporterthe cause or place of death that was his family’s wish was not shared.

Ward, who was part of the Cherokee, had a background in boxing, which led to him playing tough tough guy roles on the big screen.

The actor – who served three years in the US Air Force – has appeared in more than 70 films and over a dozen television shows.

He also had notable roles in Silkwood with Meryl Streep in 1983 and then Swing Shift with Goldie Hawn in 1984.

His last role was in 2015 as Eddie Velcoro in two episodes of True Detective with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Right Roles: He is best known for playing Gus Grissom in the 1983 movie The Right Stuff on the US Space Program opposite Sam Shepard and Dennis Quaid.  Watched with Scott Glenn, Ed Harris and Quaid

Right Roles: He is best known for playing Gus Grissom in the 1983 movie The Right Stuff on the US Space Program opposite Sam Shepard and Dennis Quaid. Watched with Scott Glenn, Ed Harris and Quaid

Ready to Fly: Shown here in orange and silver astronaut suit

Ready to Fly: Shown here in orange and silver astronaut suit

He got his first break in the 1973 TV movie The Age Of The Medici as Niccolo.

After that he appeared on TV shows like Quincy ME in 1978.

Ward was repeatedly cast as the rough type until he finally rose to prominence when he landed the role of wardenbird John Anglin in the 1979 film Escape From Alcatraz with Clint Eastwood. Play the role of a prisoner eager to escape from a San Francisco prison.

Man in the Navy: Seen at Swing Shift with Christine Lahti in 1984

Man in the Navy: Seen at Swing Shift with Christine Lahti in 1984

group effort.  He was seen with Randall 'Tex' Cope, Patrick Swayze, Rip Brown, Gene Hackman, Harold Sylvester, Tim Thomson in Uncommon Valor in 1983

group effort. He was seen with Randall ‘Tex’ Cope, Patrick Swayze, Rip Brown, Gene Hackman, Harold Sylvester, Tim Thomson in Uncommon Valor in 1983

He can also make old films: he was seen with Maria Demideros as writer Anais Nin in the movie Henry and June 1990 in which he played author Henry Miller.  Uma Thurman was also in the movie back in June

He can also make old films: he was seen with Maria Demideros as writer Anais Nin in the movie Henry and June 1990 in which he played author Henry Miller. Uma Thurman was also in the movie back in June

Next came the role of Jamie in the 1979 film Cardiac Arrest, and then the role of Reece in 1981 in Southern Comfort.

In 1983 he had an even bigger break in the critically acclaimed space movie The Right Stuff.

He has pitted himself against theatrical actor Shepherd and movie star Quaid. The film revolves around the development of the American space program by breaking the sound barrier.

Scary Movie: In 1990 he starred as Earl Bass, right, alongside Kevin Bacon, left in the horror film Tremors.

Scary Movie: In 1990 he starred as Earl Bass, right, alongside Kevin Bacon, left in the horror film Tremors.

Saab played in The Player: Ward, left, had a notable role as Walter Stockel in The Player in 1992 with co-star Whoopi Goldberg, right

Saab played in The Player: Ward, left, had a notable role as Walter Stockel in The Player in 1992 with co-star Whoopi Goldberg, right

It also covered the selection of Mercury 7 astronauts, from a group of intrepid pilots.

Drama followed Silkwood in 1983 and Swing Shift in 1984 before he was given the titular role in the 1985 film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.

Fred has worked steadily ever since, often making three or four films a year.

In 1990 alone he produced four films: Tremors, Catchfire, Miami Blues, and Henry & June (in which he starred as author Henry Miller).

Ward played a prominent role as Walter Stuckel in The Player in 1992 with co-star Whoopi Goldberg. In the same year he played the role of Wyatt Earp in the television movie Four Eyes and Six-Guns.

Boyfriend: Ward and Morgan Freeman at the Valentine's Day premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles in 2007

Boyfriend: Ward and Morgan Freeman at the Valentine’s Day premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles in 2007

His work in the 1990s was rounded off by small parts in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Chain Reaction (1996), Dangerous Beauty (1998), and the mini-series Invasion Earth (1998).

He has been very busy in the 2000s with roles in major Hollywood films such as The Crow: Salvation, Joe Dirt and Summer Catch as well as the thriller Jennifer Lopez Enough (2002).

He appeared in two episodes on ER in 2006 as Eddie.

Less work starting in 2010; He has appeared in only a few roles as Admiral Toei in 2 Guns in 2013.

The actor was married a total of three times.

His first wife was Carla Yvonne Stewart. They married in 1965 and divorced in 1966.

He then tied the knot with Sylvia Ward, with whom he shares his son, musician Django. It is not known in what year they divorced.

In 1995 he married Marie-France Poisel. She filed for divorce in August 2013, but they reconciled later that year, according to TMZ.

With his wife: He was seen with his wife Marie France Ward at the premiere of the movie 30 Minutes or Less in 2011. She filed for divorce in August 2013 but they reconciled in the same year

With his wife: He was seen with his wife Marie France Ward at the premiere of the movie 30 Minutes or Less in 2011. She filed for divorce in August 2013 but they reconciled in the same year

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