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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 30, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Beach, New York, USA Profession: actor, comic

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As one of Hollywood's hardest working character actors, Ed Lauter appeared in small supporting roles in more than 200 movies and television shows, in the process becoming an instantly recognizable face though never a household name. His imposing height, fierce squint and effortlessly intimidating demeanor made him a natural for playing authority figures of both the benign and malevolent variety, and his near constant output yielded a number of unforgettable film performances, from the sadistic yet ultimately honorable Captain Knauer in Robert Aldrich's "The Longest Yard" (1974), to Maloney, the arsonist-turned-gas station owner in Hitchcock's final film, "The Family Plot" (1976), to Peppy Miller's dutiful butler in the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, "The Artist" (2011). Lauter was also a familiar face on television, playing the stern Captain Cain on "B.J. and the Bear" (NBC, 1979-1981) and its spin-off, "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo" (NBC, 1979-1981), as well as the uncharacteristically sympathetic role of Fire Captain Dannaker on "ER" (NBC, 1998-2002), in addition to scores of guest appearances on other series and supporting roles in TV movies. Though audiences may have struggled to...

As one of Hollywood's hardest working character actors, Ed Lauter appeared in small supporting roles in more than 200 movies and television shows, in the process becoming an instantly recognizable face though never a household name. His imposing height, fierce squint and effortlessly intimidating demeanor made him a natural for playing authority figures of both the benign and malevolent variety, and his near constant output yielded a number of unforgettable film performances, from the sadistic yet ultimately honorable Captain Knauer in Robert Aldrich's "The Longest Yard" (1974), to Maloney, the arsonist-turned-gas station owner in Hitchcock's final film, "The Family Plot" (1976), to Peppy Miller's dutiful butler in the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, "The Artist" (2011). Lauter was also a familiar face on television, playing the stern Captain Cain on "B.J. and the Bear" (NBC, 1979-1981) and its spin-off, "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo" (NBC, 1979-1981), as well as the uncharacteristically sympathetic role of Fire Captain Dannaker on "ER" (NBC, 1998-2002), in addition to scores of guest appearances on other series and supporting roles in TV movies. Though audiences may have struggled to remember his name, Ed Lauter's tough, authoritarian image was a familiar and reliable staple of American film and television up until his death in October 2013.

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 Godspeed (2009)
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 Camille (2008)
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 Number 23, The (2007)
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 Lost, The (2006)
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 Seraphim Falls (2006)
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 Brothers in Arms (2005)
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1972:
Made feature debut in two films released at roughly the same time, "The New Centurions" and "The Magnificent Seven Ride!"
1973:
TV-movie debut, "Class of '63" (ABC)
1975:
Played first starring role in a TV-movie in "Last Hours Before Morning" (NBC), a detective drama set in the 1940s
1979:
Played the recurring role of a corrupt cop on the comedy adventure series "B.J. And the Bear" (NBC)
1983:
Acted alongside Gene Hackman and Mickey Rourke in "Eureka"
1985:
Played the father of Sarah Jessica Parker's character in "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
1986:
Cast opposite Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb, and Patrick Swayze in "Youngblood"
1987:
Cast as Buzz Mussinger in "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise"
1990:
Played a supporting role in "My Blue Heaven"
1991:
Landed a lead role in "Stephen King's Golden Years," a CBS miniseries
1993:
Cast in Tony Scott's "True Romance"
1995:
Played a mobster in "Leaving Las Vegas"
1996:
Joined ensemble cast that included Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, and Jennifer Connelly in "Mulholland Falls"
1998:
Landed recurring role on NBC medical drama "ER"
2005:
Appeared in "The Longest Yard," starring Adam Sandler
2007:
Played a priest opposite Jim Carrey in mystery thriller "The Number 23"
2008:
Guest starred on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"
2011:
Cast in the critically acclaimed black-and-white, nearly silent film "The Artist"
2012:
Cast opposite Clint Eastwood in baseball drama "Trouble with the Curve"
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