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Also Known As: Ned Thomas Beatty Died:
Born: July 6, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Profession: actor

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After "Deliverance" (1972) introduced him to American film audiences as the victim of one of the most horrific and infamous incidents of onscreen violence in cinematic history, actor Ned Beatty quickly became one of Hollywood's most rock-steady supporting everymen. Throughout the remainder of the 1970s, Beatty was seemingly omnipresent in the decade's seminal films, including "Nashville" (1975), "All the President's Men" (1976), "Network" (1976) and "Superman" (1978). Never a leading a man, Beatty nonetheless earned a reputation as one of the top supporting actors in the trade. While the his later decade films were not as prominent, Beatty landed several high-quality small-screen projects, including a regular role as a member of the original cast of what many considered to be one of the best shows ever produced for television, "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). Though he would never match the sheer volume of hits in his first decade of film work, his myriad of roles as amicable middle-aged men, well-meaning public officials and later big-hearted grandfathers, would earn him the distinction of being the one of the busiest and most beloved actors in Hollywood.

After "Deliverance" (1972) introduced him to American film audiences as the victim of one of the most horrific and infamous incidents of onscreen violence in cinematic history, actor Ned Beatty quickly became one of Hollywood's most rock-steady supporting everymen. Throughout the remainder of the 1970s, Beatty was seemingly omnipresent in the decade's seminal films, including "Nashville" (1975), "All the President's Men" (1976), "Network" (1976) and "Superman" (1978). Never a leading a man, Beatty nonetheless earned a reputation as one of the top supporting actors in the trade. While the his later decade films were not as prominent, Beatty landed several high-quality small-screen projects, including a regular role as a member of the original cast of what many considered to be one of the best shows ever produced for television, "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). Though he would never match the sheer volume of hits in his first decade of film work, his myriad of roles as amicable middle-aged men, well-meaning public officials and later big-hearted grandfathers, would earn him the distinction of being the one of the busiest and most beloved actors in Hollywood.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Teddy Bears (2013)
2.
 Casting By (2013)
3.
 Rango (2011)
4.
 Toy Story 3 (2010)
5.
6.
7.
 Walker, The (2007)
8.
 Shooter (2007)
9.
10.
 Sweet Land (2006)
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1947:
Began singing in barbershop and gospel quartets in his native St Mathews, KY
1956:
Stage debut at age 19 in "Wilderness Road," an outdoor historical pageant staged in Berea, KY
1957:
Performed with the Barter Theater in Virginia
:
Spent eight years with Arena Stage in Washington, DC
:
Appearance in the Broadway production of "The Great White Hope"; caught attention of John Boorman
1972:
Film acting debut in Boorman's "Deliverance" alongside Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds; character involved in film's infamous rape scene
1972:
TV-movie debut in "Footsteps" (CBS)
1975:
Played the Lawyer husband of Lily Tomlin in Robert Altman's "Nashville"
1976:
Received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for role of Arthur Jensen in "Network"; directed by Sidney Lumet
1977:
TV series debut as title character in "Szysznyk"
1978:
Cast as Lex Luthor's henchman Otis in "Superman"
1979:
Earned an Emmy nomination for co-starring in the drama "Friendly Fire" (ABC) with Carol Burnett
1980:
Reprised the role of Otis for "Superman II"
1987:
Cast as Dennis Quaid's co-worker and potential father-in-law in "The Big Easy"
1990:
Garnered another Emmy nomination for The Family Channel's "The Long Train Home"
1991:
Portrayed the singer Josef Locke in the award-winning British film "Hear My Song"
1993:
Played Rudy Reuttiger's father in the biopic "Rudy"
1993:
Had leading role of Stanley Bolander on the NBC police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street"
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Played Cap'n Andy in touring company of "Show Boat"
1999:
Earned critical plaudits for his performance in "Spring Forward"; film premiered at Toronto Film Festival
2001:
Cast as Big Daddy in London stage revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
2004:
Cast in the TNT special "The Wool Cap," starring William H. Macy and Don Rickles
2006:
Co-starred in the independent film "Sweet Land"
2007:
Co-starred with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in the Mike Nichols directed "Charlie Wilson's War"
2010:
Voiced the character of Lotso the bear in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"
2012:
Cast in the crime drama "Rampart" opposite Woody Harrelson
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Education

Transylvania University: Lexington , Kentucky -

Notes

Referring to his change-of-pace role in "Hear My Song", Beatty mused, "I'm accustomed to being the son of a bitch whom audiences boo, not cheer."

"Acting styles are going through a change now. It's hard to be an older actor because you see it moving on and you don't quite want to go with it because it's not your way. Right now, there's a lot of what we call 'attitudinal acting.' We were always told never to do that because if you're putting forth attitude, it keeps you from putting forth behavior, which is what you really want." --Ned Beatty quoted in LOs Angeles Times, December 22, 1996.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Belinda Rowley. Divorced in 1971.
wife:
Dorothy Adams Lindsay. Producer. Third wife; married June 28, 1979; filed for divorce in March 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Charles William Beatty.
mother:
Margaret Beatty.
son:
Douglas Beatty.
son:
Charles Beatty. Twin brother of Lennis.
son:
Lennis Beatty. Twin brother of Charles.
son:
Wally Beatty.
son:
John Beatty.
daughter:
Blossom Beatty.
son:
Thomas Beatty. Born c. 1980; mother, Tinker Beatty.
daughter:
Dorothy Beatty. Born c. 1983; mother, Tinker Beatty.
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