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Is of Scotch-Irish and Cherokee Indian descent
Once worked as a lumberjack in Alaska
Good friends with actor Ed Harris
Former boxer and martial artist
His part in "Miami Blues" was cut considerably. At first Alec Baldwin and Ward shared an equal amount of screen time.
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
This gruff, likable performer usually looks as though he just stepped out of a boxing ring, but that hasn't hindered his success as a character lead and supporting player. In fact, Ward has become one of the screen's most dependable actors. An alumnus of New York's Herbert Berghof Studio, he knocked around filmdom for several years before landing a plum role-as partner to Clint Eastwood-in Escape From Alcatraz (1979). He first won critical attention for his portrayal of doomed astronaut Gus Grissom in Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff (1983); two years later, Hollywood tried to turn him into an action lead with Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985), but it didn't take.
Ward had a banner year in 1990, first as Florida cop Hoke Moseley-divested of his gun, badge, and most humiliatingly, his dentures-in the thriller Miami Blues (which he coproduced), and then as raw, Brooklyn-born writer Henry Miller in the controversial Henry & June directed by old mentor Kaufman. He was chillingly effective as a murderous Native American in Thunderheart (1992), and equally good as the garrulous studio security chief in Robert Altman's The Player (1992).