Another reason could be the fact that he was in some pretty wacky films like, UFOria, Tremors and Miami Blues. And yet another reason could be that he often had supporting roles, in movies like Southern Comfort, Escape From Alcatraz or The Right Stuff.
Whatever the reason, Fred Ward has a resume that most actors can only dream of having. However, it's not the list of films he's been in, but rather the quality of his work that shines in all of them. From tough guy to quirky hero, he is a fun actor to watch.
The size of his roles often vary from lead to supporting and his projects of late haven't been very high profile, but just having his name in the credits always boosts the quality of the project, making Fred Ward my pick of the day for Not Very Famous...but should be.