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‘The Right Stuff’ Star Fred Ward Dead At 79

Superstar actor Fred Ward, known for his roles in such hits as “The Right Stuff” and “Tremors” has died, per his publicist. He was 79.

The producer and actor, who was a staple of the small and big screen throughout most of the last few decades, passed away on May 8, reported CNN in a piece published Friday. No cause of death was given.

The veteran actor is probably best known for two of his biggest roles. First, as astronaut Gus Grissom in the 1983 movie “The Right Stuff,” about the real-life story of America’s early space program.

“The U.S. space program’s development from the breaking of the sound barrier to selection of the Mercury 7 astronauts, from a group of test pilots with a more seat-of-the-pants approach than the program’s more cautious engineers preferred,” a description of the film reads on IMDb.

His second well-known role was in Ron Underwood’s 1990 horror-comedy “Tremors,”

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