Tremors and Grey’s Anatomy actor Fred Ward has died aged 79

Tremors and Grey's Anatomy actor Fred Ward has died aged 79

Tremors and Grey's Anatomy actor Fred Ward has died aged 79. Image: @sepinwall/ Twitter

TRIBUTES have flooded social media following the news that Tremors and Grey’s Anatomy actor Fred Ward has died aged 79.

Fred Ward, who famously starred alongside Kevin Bacon in the 1990 film Tremors, has died at the age of 79, according to TMZ.

According to the news outlet, Ward’s representatives said that the Grey’s Anatomy actor passed away on Sunday, May 8. The cause of death has not been revealed.

A representative told TMZ that Ward’s “last wish was for any memorial tributes to be made to the Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Centre.”

Fans and actors paid tribute to the actor, who won a Golden Globe as a part of the cast of The Right Stuff, following the news of his death.

Kevin Bacon wrote: “So sad to hear about Fred Ward. When it came to battling underground worms I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. I will always remember chatting about his love of Django Reinhardt and jazz guitar during our long hot days in the high desert. Rest In Peace Fred.”

Diedrich Bader wrote on Twitter: “Fred Ward was seemingly incapable of being inauthentic. His characters felt like they lived a full life and we’re only seeing a part of it and that’s a magic trick done right in front of you and very luckily captured in light forever. RIP.”

“Rest in peace to the legendary Fred Ward. Genre fans know him from films such as TREMORS, CAST A DEADLY SPELL and SOUTHERN COMFORT, but his career spanned dozens of films and shows, and he made everything he was in better with his presence,” said the FANGORIA Twitter account.

British actor Alex Winter, star of 1989 film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequels, said: “RIP Fred Ward. He always elevated the films he was in.

“RIP, Fred Ward, a great character actor whose big shot at leading man status, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, unfortunately flopped, but who kept giving great, lived-in performances for the rest of his career,” Alan Sepinwall wrote.

Another user said: “RIP Fred Ward. Elevated every movie he was in but Miami Blues will always be the gold standard. Brilliant.”

“Farewell to Fred Ward who gifted us with so many rugged, funny and relatable characters throughout his career and always had charm to burn. Loved him in ‘Tremors’, ‘Miami Blues’, ‘The Right Stuff’, ‘The Player’, ‘Southern Comfort’ and more. RIP and thanks for all the movies,” wrote Edgar Wright.

Patton Oswalt said: “Fred Ward was so amazing in everything but the way he delivers the line, “I guess we can’t make fun of Burt’s lifestyle anymore” is pure poetry.”

According to Ward’s publicist, he spent the last years of his life dedicated to his painting.

He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and his son Django Ward.

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