Fred Ward, who appeared in the films "The Right Stuff" and "Tremors," died at the age of 79

He had a long career playing everything from historical American heroes to contemporary characters

Ron Hoffman confirmed the tragedy but gave no other details about the Golden Globe winner's death

Mr. Ward was best known for his parts in 1983's "The Right Stuff"

And 1990's "Tremors," a monster film that has become a classic since its release

For his roles, Ward earned a Golden Globe and shared a Venice Film Festival prize

Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" and the title character in "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins"

He made his cinematic debut in an Italian television picture in 1973 and has since acted in a variety of films

In 2013, he appeared in Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg's film 2 Guns

He also spent three years in the US Air Force before commencing his acting career in New York

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