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A recognizable character actor of Cherokee heritage, Fred Ward was born in San Diego on Dec. 30, 1942, and studied theater at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York. After moving to Italy, where he occasionally worked as a mime, he was hired to dub English dialogue in Italian films.

Ward made his feature film debut in a pair of Robert Rossellini movies. But it was his first American film role, playing a cowboy in Hearts of the West (1975), that led to a big break starring opposite Clint Eastwood in Escape from Alcatraz (1979). He's worked steadily ever since, turning in memorable performances in The Right Stuff (1983), Tremors (1990) and Henry & June (1990), among a long list of other films.

Ward's forceful on-screen presence works equally well in lighter fare such as Road Trip (2000) and Sweet Home Alabama (2002). He also enjoyed a brief run as a recurring character on "ER"

Fred Ward in First Do No Harm

First Do No Harm

1997 PG-13

Meryl Streep stars as a mother who goes to extraordinary lengths to help find treatment for her epileptic son. When insurance coverage runs out, she immerses herself in medical research in a last-ditch effort to discover a cure. She learns of a controversial diet that could reduce seizures, but she forges ahead even in the face of intense disapproval. Jim Abrahams directs this inspirational tale based on a true story.

  • Fred Ward in The Right Stuff The Right Stuff
  • Fred Ward in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
  • Fred Ward in Sweet Home Alabama Sweet Home Alabama
  • Fred Ward in Silkwood Silkwood
  • Fred Ward in Uncommon Valor Uncommon Valor
  • Fred Ward in Escape from Alcatraz Escape from Alcatraz
  • Fred Ward in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
  • Fred Ward in The Player The Player
  • Fred Ward in Joe Dirt Joe Dirt
  • Fred Ward in Big Business Big Business
  • Fred Ward in Henry & June Henry & June
  • Fred Ward in Summer Catch Summer Catch
  • Fred Ward in Short Cuts Short Cuts
  • Fred Ward in Dangerous Beauty Dangerous Beauty
  • Fred Ward in Tremors Tremors
  • Fred Ward in Chain Reaction Chain Reaction
  • Fred Ward in Abandon Abandon
  • Fred Ward in 30 Minutes or Less 30 Minutes or Less
  • Fred Ward in Thunderheart Thunderheart
  • Fred Ward in Coast to Coast Coast to Coast
  • Fred Ward in Armored Armored
  • Fred Ward in Backtrack Backtrack
  • Fred Ward in The Dark Wind The Dark Wind
  • Fred Ward in Corky Romano Corky Romano
  • Fred Ward in Enough Enough
  • Fred Ward in The Wild Stallion The Wild Stallion
  • Fred Ward in Forgotten City Forgotten City
  • Fred Ward in Road Trip Road Trip
  • Fred Ward in The Crow: Salvation The Crow: Salvation
  • Fred Ward in Funky Monkey Funky Monkey
  • Fred Ward in Management Management
  • Fred Ward in Exit Speed Exit Speed
  • Fred Ward in The Incredible Hulk: The TV Series The Incredible Hulk: The TV Series
  • Fred Ward in The Prince of Pennsylvania The Prince of Pennsylvania
  • Fred Ward in Tremors 2: Aftershocks Tremors 2: Aftershocks
  • Fred Ward in Best Men Best Men
  • Fred Ward in Invasion: Earth Invasion: Earth
  • Fred Ward in The Chaos Factor The Chaos Factor
  • Fred Ward in 10.5 10.5
  • Fred Ward in Farewell Farewell