Fred Ward, an actor of many years who brought a gentle touch to the tough roles of tough-guy characters in films like "The Right Stuff," and "The Player," has passed away.

His publicist Ron Hofmann announced Friday that Ward died on Sunday. 

The family requested that the cause and location of the death not be revealed.

Ward won a Golden Globe for his performance in Robert Altman’s "Short Cuts" and was awarded the Venice Film Festival ensemble award. 

He also played the title role in "Remo Williams" and "Remo Williams" as Mercury 7 astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Matthew Modine tweeted, "Devastated to hear about Fred Ward's passing," referring to Ward's co-star in "Short Cuts" as well as Alan Rudolph and "Equinox

Modine was also a star in Ward's films "Short Cuts" (with Ward) and "Equinox" (with Rudolph).

"A tough facade covering deep emotions as deep as that of the Pacific Ocean." Good luck, amigo.

Ward, a San Diego native and part Cherokee, was an ex-boxer, lumberjack in Alaska, and short-order cook who served with the U.S. Air Force. 

Kate Mulgrew, actor, tweeted, "I mourn Fred Ward's loss, who was so kind and generous to me when I worked with him on 'Remo Williams