Veteran character actor Ned Beatty died June 13, 2021 in his Los Angeles home less than one month before his 84th birthday. Manager Deborah Miller stated that Beatty was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his death.

Beatty made his screen debut in 1972 at Bobby Trippe in the film “Deliverance” and made his face was very recognizable in the screen. Beatty went on to appear in over 160 productions including “The Waltons”, “Whit Lightning”, “Gunsmoke”, “M*A*S*H”, “All the President’s Men”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “Network”, “Silver Streak”, “The Rockford Files”, “The Streets of San Francisco”, “Our Town”, “Excorcist II: The Heretic”, “Gray Lady Down”, “Superman” and “Superman II”, “Szysnyk”, “The Incredible Shrinking Woman”, “Splender in the Grass”, “Stroker Ace”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Highway to Heaven”, “The Big Easy”, “The Boys”, “Roseanne”, “Homicide: Life on the Street”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Shooter”, and “Toy Story 3”.

In all that time, he earned only one Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in “Network”. He fared somewhat better on Broadway, garnering a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”.

He was born Ned Thomas Beatty on July July 6, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky but was raised in Lexington and attended the theater. It was after appearing in a play while in high school that Beatty decided to make acting a career. He spent 10 summers on the stage in Abingdon, VA and eight years with the Arena Stage Company in Washington, D.C. before becoming a stage actor.

Beatty is survived by his fourth wife Sandra and eight children.

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