Network, Deliverance and Homicide: Life on the Street fame actor Ned Beatty died on Sunday, June 13. Here’s more about the late-star.
The veteran actor is dead at 83!
He passed away in his Los Angeles home surrounded by his family.
Many fans mourned the loss of the actor after the grim news broke.
Who was Ned Beatty?
Ned was one of Hollywood’s most revered character actors.
His role in Network (1976) earned him an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1937, Ned was bitten by the entertainment bug at an early age. At only 10 years old, he began singing in gospel and barbershop quartets. His singing chops earned him a scholarship to sing in the Cappella choir at Transylvania University in Lexington.
However, Ned was soon introduced to theatre acting and decided to pursue that instead of his education. In his early acting days, he worked at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia.
This was until he received his first major movie role as Bobby Trippe in Deliverance (1972). The very same year he also appeared in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, alongside the legendary late-actor Paul Newman.
Ned was married four times and has fathered 8 children from his relationships. He married his fourth wife Sandra Johnson in November 1999, at age of 62 and the pair remained together until his death.
Sandra is also an actress whose best known for her role in Baggage Claim (2013). She appeared alongside her husband in the film. The pair did not have any children.
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A look into actor’s career and roles
His most active years in the movies were in the 1970s. But over the span of his 5 and a half decade long career, Ned appeared in over 150 films.
One of his most memorable movie roles came in Nashville (1975). He starred as Delbert “Del” Reese, a man in a struggling marriage and a wandering eye.
In the 1978 Superman, which was the first instalment of the film series, Ned starred as Otis, Lex Luthor’s henchman. Actor Christopher Reeve played the titular role.
Some of his other memorable movie roles include All the President’s Men, The Big Bus, Mikey and Nicky, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Radioland Murders (1994), Cookie’s Fortune (1999) Just Cause (1995), Spring Forward (1999), and etc.
Aside from starring in many movies, during the mid-1970s, Ned was also a steady presence on TV. He appeared in shows like Gunsmoke, The Rockford Files, Hawaii 5-0, Delvecchio, Hunter and etc.
The veteran actor’s television work earned him many award nominations too. He was nominated for an Emmy in 1979 his role in Friendly Fire. In 1989 he was nominated once again for his work in the family film Last Train Home.
He has also made recurring appearances on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street. The actor returned to the stage via Broadway in 2003. He portrayed Big Daddy in a rendition of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Ned Beatty’s cause of death explored!
TMZ reports that one of Ned’s family member revealed that the actor passed away in his sleep on Sunday. The exact circumstances of his death were not revealed but it was told that his death was not COVID-related.