Fred Ward, 79, a veteran film and television actor best known for his gruff,

tough-guy roles in films such as Escape from Alcatraz, The Right Stuff, and Tremors, has died.

According to a biography provided by Hofmann, 

Ward began his acting career as a US air force member in the 1960s and then as an Alaskan lumberjack,

 boxer with three broken noses and short-order cook.

During his four-decade career, which began with foreign films in the early 1970s and

 ended with a role on the television series True Detective in 2015, according to his IMBD profile.

Hearts of the West was his first American film appearance as a cowboy.