Character actor Ned Beatty, remembered for his movie roles in dramas. Release Y NetworkNot to mention a long television career, he died of natural causes Sunday morning in Los Angeles. He was 83 years old.
Born on July 6, 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky, Beatty began as an actor at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, where he performed across the country. This was followed by a stint in Washington with the Arena Stage Company, where he appeared in the production of The great white hope, starring James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander. He finally made his Broadway debut in the play after it came to New York in 1968.
In film, Beatty made his debut as Bobby Trippe in Release with Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds in 1972. His next film role was with Paul Newman, also in 1972, in western The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.
From there, Beatty began a long career as a guest star on numerous television series, including, in the 1970s, The Waltons, Gunsmoke, Petrocelli, MIX, The newbies, Hunter, The Rockford Archives and the original Hawaii Five-O.
Throughout his career, Beatty appeared in more than 160 films. He was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor in Network), two Emmy Awards (limited series Fire friend in 1979 and TV movie Last train home in 1989) and a Golden Globe (for film Listen to my song In 1991).
In addition to Release Y Network, Beatty appeared in two other films nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture: Nashville in 1975 and All the president’s men in 1976.
After a series of more film roles (including bumbling henchman Otis, opposite Gene Hackman villain Lex Luther, in Ssuperman in 1978), Beatty had his first regularly scheduled role on a short-lived CBS sitcom in the 1977-78 season called Szysznyk. He eventually had better luck playing the recurring role of Ed Conner, John Goodman’s father, on the comedy. Roseanne from 1989 to 1994. At the same time, in 1993, he tried another lead role in the sitcom Boys alongside Christopher Meloni, which lasted only six episodes.
Other roles for Beatty included a television movie. Fire friend with Carol Burnett in 1979, and the theatrical Steven Spielbergout of 1941 (1979), The great easy (1986) and Rudy in 1993 as Daniel Ruettiger, the proud working-class father of Notre Dame footballer Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin).
In animated toy Story 3 In 2010, Beatty voiced the sinister Lotso the bear, resulting in an MTV Movies Award nomination for Outstanding Villain.
Beatty’s survivors include his fourth wife, Sandy, and their children Blossom, Doug, twins Charles and Lennis, Wally, Jon, Thomas, and Dorothy.