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Also Known As: Freddie Joe Ward Died:
Born: December 30, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, translator for spaghetti Westerns, janitor, produce picker, short-order cook, street vendor, subway tunneler, farm laborer, demolition man, construction worker, lumberjack

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With his varied work experiences, this rough-hewn character lead excels at playing blue collar types and working class heroes. Ward worked in mime and masque theater and performed in cabarets in Europe and Northern Africa before moving to Rome where he translated spaghetti Westerns and appeared in two TV-movies directed by seminal Italian neorealist filmmaker Roberto Rossellini--"The Power of Cosimo" (1974) and "Cartesia" (1975). After some lean times in LA (where he supported himself selling jewelry on the street), Ward made his feature debut as a jailbreak buddy of the even craggier Clint Eastwood in Don Siegel's "Escape From Alcatraz" (1979).Ward's rugged looks worked well in action adventure films: Walter Hill's "Southern Comfort" (1981), a creepy tale of macho part-time National Guardsmen facing peril in the Louisiana bayou; "Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann" (1982), wherein he played a motocross bike racer transported to the Old West; and "Uncommon Valor" (1983), as a member of Gene Hackman's crew of commandos on a rescue mission in Laos. He received positive notices as astronaut Gus Grissom in Philip Kaufman's "The Right Stuff" (1983) and went on to work regularly in films and TV...

With his varied work experiences, this rough-hewn character lead excels at playing blue collar types and working class heroes. Ward worked in mime and masque theater and performed in cabarets in Europe and Northern Africa before moving to Rome where he translated spaghetti Westerns and appeared in two TV-movies directed by seminal Italian neorealist filmmaker Roberto Rossellini--"The Power of Cosimo" (1974) and "Cartesia" (1975). After some lean times in LA (where he supported himself selling jewelry on the street), Ward made his feature debut as a jailbreak buddy of the even craggier Clint Eastwood in Don Siegel's "Escape From Alcatraz" (1979).

Ward's rugged looks worked well in action adventure films: Walter Hill's "Southern Comfort" (1981), a creepy tale of macho part-time National Guardsmen facing peril in the Louisiana bayou; "Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann" (1982), wherein he played a motocross bike racer transported to the Old West; and "Uncommon Valor" (1983), as a member of Gene Hackman's crew of commandos on a rescue mission in Laos. He received positive notices as astronaut Gus Grissom in Philip Kaufman's "The Right Stuff" (1983) and went on to work regularly in films and TV throughout the 80s and 90s. Ward starred in "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" (1985). Directed by veteran Bond helmer Guy Hamilton ("Goldfinger" 1964), this was a failed but valiant attempt to start an action franchise. He was also Kevin Bacon's partner in "Tremors" (1990), a jaunty 50s-style monster flick. Ward starred in and served as co-executive producer on "Miami Blues" (1990), a cop thriller/black-comedy which featured dynamic performances from co-stars Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Ward reteamed with Kaufman to play Henry Miller in the controversial "Henry and June" (1990). He appeared in three ambitious 1992 films: Michael Apted's "Thunderheart"; Robert Altman's "The Player" (as the studio security head); and Tim Robbins' "Bob Roberts" (as a news anchor). Ward also played an underworld kingpin in Alan Rudolph's quirky mystery, "Equinox" (1993).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 2 Guns (2013)
2.
3.
 Farewell (2009)
4.
 Management (2009)
5.
 Armored (2009)
6.
 Exit Speed (2008)
7.
8.
 Feast of Love (2007)
9.
 Coast to Coast (2004) Hal Kessler
10.
 Last Ride, The (2004) Darryl Kurtz
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1982:
First leading role, "Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann"
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Returned to the US; appeared in two Sam Shepard stage productions, "Income" and "Angel City"
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Supported himself as a janitor and a demolition man in NYC's Hell's Kitchen
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Worked as a short-order cook in Yuba City, California bowling alley
1979:
First major film role, "Escape from Alcatraz"
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Worked as a translator of spaghetti Westerns
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Appeared in two TV movies directed by Roberto Rossellini in Rome
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Began acting in San Francisco while working as a produce picker and subway tunneler
1990:
First film as producer (co-executive), "Miami Blues" (also actor)
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Joined the Air Force after graduating high school
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Shuttled among relatives in California, Louisiana, and Texas
1980:
TV-movie debut, "Belle Starr"
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Worked as a logger in Northern California
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Worked as a lumberjack in Alaska
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Moved to L.A.; sold jewelry on the street
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Moved to New York to study acting
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Studied masque and mime in Spain, Morocco, France, and Italy
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Worked as a laborer in a New Orleans barrel factory
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Education

HB Studio: New York, New York -

Notes

Ward studied Kung Fu, French kick-boxing, and Thai boxing in Bangkok.

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