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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, produce picker, short-order cook, construction worker, lumberjack, farm laborer, demolition man, janitor, street vendor, subway tunneler

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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).

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

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