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Fred Ward Biography

Birth Name:
Freddie Joe Ward
Birth Place:
San Diego, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Studied acting at New York's famed Herbert Berghof Studio after serving in the U
  • S
  • Air Force
  • Before his acting career took off, worked as a lumberjack, janitor and short-order cook
  • While living in Rome, dubbed Italian films into English and appeared in films by neorealist director Roberto Rossellini
  • First high-profile screen role was in Clint Eastwood's 1979 prison thriller Escape From Alcatraz
  • His acclaimed performance as doomed astronaut Gus Grissom in The Right Stuff (1983) led to one of his few starring roles, in 1985's Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins


  • Silvia Ward -- Ex-wife
  • Django Ward -- Son
  • Marie-France Ward -- Wife