Is Stephen Macht related to Fred Ward?

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Stephen Macht and Fred Ward are not related. They have certain opportunities and are lifelike looking alike, same birth year(both 1942), starring in movies with the same title, and many other things in common.

Is Stephen Macht related to Fred Ward
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Recently, fans of Ward and Macht took it to Learning Curve, a site which blogs phenomenon impresses people with similarity in terms of learning.

Feeling doubtful and perplexity, they commented;
“When I watched Graveyard Shift, I thought Stephen Macht, who plays Maine-accented hard-bastard boss Warwick, was Fred Ward of Tremors fame. Both actors were born in 1942, and Graveyard Shift and Tremors both came out in 1990.”

“Dude! Until this morning I thought it was Fred Ward in Graveyard Shift – same pudgy-nosed, burly look, and greying goatee.”

“If not for their different hairlines (Macht’s is straight, Ward has a widow’s peak) in the side-by-side photos, I still might believe both roles were played by the same actor.”

“Me and my daughter thought the same thing, it definitely has to be a relative of his, I mean really he looks just like him, and on the Walking Dead, if you look at Shane Walsh he resembles Stephen Macht when he was young I wish I could post a split-screen photo the way you just did it’s amazing.”

Although people are expressing their hard gain ability to differentiate between Macht and Ward, they have some uncommon traits and family backgrounds in their bio.

Who is Stephen Macht? Early Life, Personal Life, and Career.

Stephen Robert Macht born May 1, 1942, is an American television and film actor. He is also the father of actor Gabriel Macht. Together with his son Gabriel, they both have acted in the US legal drama Suits, in which Stephen portrayed Henry Gerard, an Ethics Law Professor at Harvard University.

Early Life.

Stephen Macht was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 1, 1942, to a Jewish family. He was raised in Brooklyn Heights, New York until, at age nine, his father died and he moved with his mother, Janette, and older brother, to live with his maternal grandfather, a haberdasher, in Mystic, Connecticut.

Personal Life.

Macht has been married to archivist/museum curator Suzanne Victoria Pulier since 1964. He has four children: Julie, Ari Serbin, actor Gabriel Macht, and musician Jesse Macht. Macht is also an ordained chaplain; and his book Moral Change: a Tragedy or a Return?: How Aristotle’s Tragic Reversal Illuminates Maimonides’ Teshuva was published on in October 2016.


Spotted by a Universal Studios talent scout while starring at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada in 1975, Macht was signed to a contract and by the mid-1970s had left teaching and was making frequent appearances in TV episodes and movies.

In Raid on Entebbe in 1977, he portrayed Yoni Netanyahu, the Israeli officer killed in the rescue of hostages in Uganda. In 1978, he had a lead role in The Immigrants a syndicated miniseries about the rise of the son of Italian immigrants in turn-of-the-century San Francisco.

The successful television movie American Dream (ABC, 1981) led to a critically acclaimed short-lived series that cast Macht in the role of a family man who chucks the suburban life to set up a home in the inner city of Chicago.

The following season, he landed the role of Joe Cooper, brother of Karen MacKenzie, on Knots Landing from 1982 to 1983). Other notable roles included playing Nancy McKeon’s father in Strange Voices in 1987. He was Benedict Arnold in the miniseries George Washington in 1984 and played one of the survivors of an air crash in Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac in 1984.

He spent three seasons from 1985 to 1988 as David Keeler, love interest to Cagney (Sharon Gless), on Cagney & Lacey. During his run on the show, he moved behind the cameras to make his directorial debut.

In 1993, Macht played Krim Aldos in “The Siege”, an early Season 2 episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Macht had been Gene Roddenberry’s first choice to play Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, but the role eventually went to Patrick Stewart in 1986.

More recent credits have included playing an Austrian Jew who must be baptized along with his wife and daughter in order to escape the Nazis in A Friendship in Vienna (1988 The Disney Channel); a doctor helping Jane Seymour in the syndicated miniseries Sidney Sheldon’s Memories of Midnight in 1991, and as a cult member, Joan Van Ark’s suffering husband in Moment of Truth: A Mother’s Deception in 1994. Macht appeared in the 1995 third season Babylon 5 episode “A Day in the Strife” as the character ‘Na’Far’.

Na’Far was the new official Narn representative, replacing G’Kar, after the Centauri’s invasion of the Narn homeworld. In 1996 he did a six-month stint on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live as Elliot Durban.

From August 24, 2007, to February 13, 2009, he portrayed Trevor Lansing, attorney of organized crime boss Anthony Zacchara and father of attorney Ric Lansing, in the soap opera General Hospital for which Soap Opera Digest nominated him Best Villain of 2007.

In 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019, Macht guest-starred opposite his son, actor Gabriel Macht, in Suits.

Macht’s work in feature films has been more sporadic, beginning with a turn as one of The Choirboys in 1977. He also had roles in Nightwing in 1979, The Mountain Men in 1980, Galaxina in 1980, The Last Winter in 1984, The Monster Squad in 1987, Stephen King’s Graveyard Shift in 1990, Amityville: It’s About Time in 1992, The Legend of Galgameth in 1996, and Watchers Reborn in 1998.
Macht has also played Dr. Harris in three installments of the Trancers series of films.

Who is Fred Ward? Early Life, Personal Life, and Career.

Freddie Joe Ward born on December 30, 1942, and died May 8, 2022, was an American actor and producer. Starting with a role in an Italian television movie in 1973, he long took parts in such diverse films as Escape from Alcatraz, Southern Comfort, The Right Stuff,
Timerider in The Adventure of Lyle Swann, as Remo Williams in The Adventure, Begins, Tremors and Tremors 2 in Aftershocks, Henry & June, The Player, Swing Shift, and Short Cuts.

Early Life.

Freddie Joe Ward was born in San Diego on December 30, 1942. He was part Cherokee. His father was an alcoholic who was frequently incarcerated, and his parents separated when he was three.
His mother remarried, a man who worked in a carnival, and the family moved frequently.

Before acting, Ward spent three years in the United States Air Force. He was also a boxer (breaking his nose three times) and worked as a lumberjack in Alaska, a janitor, and a short-order cook.

He studied acting at New York’s Herbert Berghof Studio after serving in the U.S. Air Force. While living in Rome, he dubbed Italian films into English and appeared in films by neorealist director Roberto Rossellini.

Personal Life.

Ward lived in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. His first marriage, to Carla Evonne Stewart in 1965, ended in divorce the following year.

His second marriage was to Silvia Ward, with whom he had a son, Django. After they divorced, he married Marie-France Boisselle in 1995 and she filed for divorce in August 2013, but they reconciled later that year.

Ward died on May 8, 2022, at age 79. His family declined to cite a cause.



Ward became an actor after studying at Herbert Berghof Studio and in Rome. While in Italy, he dubbed Italian movies and worked as a mime until he made his debut in two Roberto Rossellini films. Upon returning stateside in the early 1970s, Ward spent time working in experimental theatre and doing some television work. He made his first American film appearance playing a cowboy in Hearts of the West in 1975. His first major role came in the Clint Eastwood vehicle Escape from Alcatraz in 1979 as fellow escapee John Anglin.

Ward played a violent National Guardsman in Walter Hill’s Southern Comfort in 1981. His first starring role in a motion picture was Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann in 1982. He then starred as astronaut Gus Grissom in The Right Stuff, in the action movie Uncommon Valor with Gene Hackman, and in the drama Silkwood all in 1983.

After co-starring roles in Swing Shift in 1984 and Secret Admirer in 1985, Ward played the title hero in the action movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, which was directed by Guy Hamilton. The film was supposed to be the first of a series based on The Destroyer series of novels. Though the movie was well promoted and appeared on several movie magazine covers, it only grossed $15 million.

Ward played in a few low-budget productions until he returned to major cinema in 1988 as a cop in Off Limits, as Roone Dimmick in Big Business, and as the father of Keanu Reeves’ character in The Prince of Pennsylvania.

In 1990, Ward starred as Earl Bassett in the monster movie Tremors, as the American erotic writer Henry Miller in Henry & June with Uma Thurman, and as cop Hoke Moseley in his self-produced Miami Blues with Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh. That year he also played an FBI agent in Dennis Hopper’s film Catchfire.

After playing private detective H.P. Lovecraft in the 1991 HBO film Cast a Deadly Spell alongside Julianne Moore, Ward co-starred in the thriller Thunderheart, the Hollywood satire The Player, the mystery-drama Equinox, and the TV western-comedy Four Eyes and Six Guns, for which he won a Cable ACE Award. He also did a cameo in Bob Roberts, starring Tim Robbins.

Ward’s leading roles include Lt. Brann in the two-character-thriller Two Small Bodies, fisherman Stuart Kane in the Robert Altman film Short Cuts for which the whole ensemble won a Golden Globe both in 1993, a dangerous criminal in the comedy Naked Gun 33+1⁄3: The Final Insult in 1994, the sailor in the French-avant-garde-drama The Blue Villa in 1995, his reprised role in Tremors II: Aftershocks and the special agent in Chain Reaction both in 1996. He also appeared as Sheriff Bud Phillips in Best Men, as Dave Reimüller in …First Do No Harm with Meryl Streep both in 1997, and as Domenico Venier in Dangerous Beauty in 1998.

Ward was seen in many motion pictures, TV shows, and videos in 2000. He starred in the action-thriller The Chaos Factor and appeared in the gangster movie Circus, the teen movie Road Trip, and the horror sequel The Crow: Salvation.

In 2001, Ward was nominated for a Video Premiere Award as the best male actor for the direct-to-video production Full Disclosure. He also co-starred in Joe Dirt, Summer Catch, Wild Iris, the mini-TV-series Dice, and the comedic Corky Romano.

In 2002, Ward appeared in Sweet Home Alabama, Enough and Abandon. He had the starring role in Birdseye and signed in for the TV pilot for the drama Georgetown with Helen Mirren, but the series was never made. After roles in The Last Ride, 10.5, and Coast to Coast all in 2004, he took a short break from acting and returned as a guest in the TV series Grey’s Anatomy and ER in 2006 and 2007. He was next in the ensemble drama Feast of Love, the thriller Exit Speed, Management with Jennifer Aniston, The Wild Stallion DVD, and as the boss Ashcroft in Armored.

Ward guest-starred as Ronald Reagan in the French political thriller L’affaire Farewell in 2009. He appeared in 30 Minutes or Less, guest-starred in the TV series The United States of Tara, In Plain Sight, and Leverage in 2012. In 2013, he had a guest role in 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.

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