Kevin Bacon’s Heartfelt Message for Late Fred Ward
Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon paid tribute to actor Fred Ward on Twitter. Ward passed away on Sunday, after losing his battle with cancer.
“So sad to hear about Fred Ward. When it came to battling underground worms, I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. I will always remember chatting about his love of Django Reinhardt and jazz guitar during our long, hot days in the high desert. Rest In Peace, Fred,” Bacon wrote on Twitter.
Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward worked together on the cult beloved picture Tremors.
The 1990 film, bombed at the box office but became a fan favorite eventually thanks to endless reruns on cable. The story of Perfection, Nevada, a small desert hamlet plagued by giant worm-like monsters, was told in Tremors.
Earl Bassett, played by Fred Ward, and Valentine McKee, played by Kevin Bacon, protected Perfection from the Graboids in the original Tremors in 1990.
While Bacon was absent from Tremors II: Aftershocks, Fred Ward reprised his role as Earl Bassett in the 1996 sequel to the original classic.
Fred Ward portrayed Det. Harry Philip Lovecraft in Cast a Deadly Spell, a Lovecraftian detective story that has gained a cult following over the years.
Besides True Detective, Fred Ward has appeared in Escape from Alcatraz and Miami Blues, Naked Gun 33 1/3, The Crow: Salvation and Road Trip.
In a statement released by NPR, publicist Ron Hofmann said, “The unique thing about Fred Ward is that you never knew where he was going to pop up, so unpredictable were his career choices, He could play such diverse characters as Remo Williams, a cop trained by Chiun, Master of Sinanju (Joel Grey) to become an unstoppable assassin in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, or Earl Bass, who, alongside Kevin Bacon, battle giant, worm-like monsters hungry for human flesh in ‘cult’ horror/comedy film, Tremors (1990), or a detective in the indie film Two Small Bodies (1993) directed by underground filmmaker Beth B., or a terrorist planning to blow up the Academy Awards in The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), or the father of the lead character in Jennifer Lopez’s revenge thriller Enough (2002).”