The veteran actor began appearing on the silver screen with roles in Italian television in 1973 and has had more than 85 roles over more than four decades.

WASHINGTON – Hero-actor Fred Ward dies the publicist confirmed on Friday. He was 79 years old.

According to publicist Ron Hoffman, Ward died on Sunday, May 8th. The cause of death is not specified.

Ward was best known for his roles in films such as “Chills,” “The Right Things,” and “The Player.” The veteran actor began appearing on the silver screen with a role in an Italian TV movie in 1973 and lasted for four decades. In total, he has been recorded in more than 85 film and television projects.

His most recent film role was in Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg’s 2013 film about a police officer buddy “2 Guns”.

According to a biography published by his publicist, Ward became an actor after three years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Even before his acting career brought him various roles, Ward had a scattered resume. He worked as a cook, boxer and lumberjack in Alaska. It is reported that in the last years of his life Ward honed his second favorite art form: painting.

“The unique feature of Fred Ward is that you never knew where he would appear, so unpredictable was his career choice,” Hoffman said in an email.

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

According to a statement released by his publicist, Ward’s last wish was for any memorial tribute to be donated to Boston University’s Center for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. More information can be found here or by phone 617-358-9535.

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