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Ned Beatty, Oscar Nominee & Superman Alum, Passes Away

June 13, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Ned Beatty, who was nominated for an Oscar for Network and appeared in Superman, has passed away. Deadline confirmed with Beatty’s manager that the actor passed away on Sunday morning from natural causes. He was 83 years old.

Beatty had a ton of memorable roles across film and television over his six decades of work, including in such films as Deliverance, Network, Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Toy, Shooter, and the first two Christopher Reeve Superman films. He was also a multi-time Emmy nominee thanks to the 1979 TV movie Friendly Fire and 1989’s Last Train Home, and starred as Stanley Bolander in Homicide: Life on the Street.

Beatty got his start on stage at the age of 19, appearing in Wilderness Road in 1956. He worked in theater productions in his home state of Kentucky as well as Virginia and Indiana before he made his film debut in Deliverance as businessman Bobby Trippe. That landmark film catapulted him into a film career and he was working regularly right away, with roles in The Last American Hero, White Lightning, Nashville, and All the President’s Men.

His role as TN network chairman Arthur Jenson in Network earned Beatty his sole Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor. Ge would continue to work at a stunning level, appearing in multiple films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. 1988 alone saw Beatty appear in no less than seven films as he became a go-to character actor for Hollywood. He did the same number of films in 1990, including the TV movie Captain America where he plaed Sam Kolawetz.

His film work was in addition to his wide swath of television roles, including a host of TV films in the 1980s and a starring role in the late 1970s series Szysznyk at CBS. Beatty had over 1960 credits to his name, which included voice work in films like Toy Story 3 and Rango. He reprised his Toy Story role as the villainous Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear in the video game based on the movie.

On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends, and legion of fans of Mr. Beatty. He will be missed.

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