Actor Fred Ward of films from 'Tremors' to 'The Player' Dies.

Fred Ward played as a veteran actor in films such as "The Right Stuff," "The Player" and "Tremors"

Fred Ward was 79 years old. who Died today

His publicist Ron Hoffman said. No place or cause of Death given due to family's wishes.

Fred Ward received an Academy Award in 1983 for playing Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom in the film "The Right Stuff"

Ward was a native of the short-order Cook serving in the San Diego US Air Force.

Ward also worked with Kevin Bacon in the horror-comedy "Tremors" as a pair of repairmen.

Ward also played the father of Maura Tierney's Abby Lockhart in NBC's "ER" in 2006–2007 on the small screen.

Ward also has a wife of 27 years, Marie-France Ward, and his son, Jongo Ward.