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Biography for
Ned Beatty

From IMDb.com.

If you love movies, the Internet Movie Database

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comments by movie lovers.

Birth name
Ned Thomas Beatty
Nickname
The busiest actor in Hollywood
Height
5' 7" (1.70 m)
Mini biography

Stocky, genial looking supporting actor born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky who has continually displayed his versatility in cinema since first appearing alongside Burt Reynolds being brutalized in the back woods nightmare of Deliverance (1972). Beatty & Reynolds struck up a friendship together, and Ned has since been cast by Burt in several other films together including White Lightning (1973), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), and the abysmal Stroker Ace (1983).

Ned's talents were also noticed by others in Hollywood and he was cast in many key productions of the 1970s turning in stellar performance, including an Academy Award nomination of Best Supporting Actor for his role in Network (1976). Beatty was also marvelous in Nashville (1975), under fire from a crazed sniper in The Deadly Tower (1975) (TV), an undercover FBI man in the action/comedy Silver Streak (1976), as Lex Luthor's bumbling assistant, Otis, in the blockbuster Superman (1978)....and he returned again with Gene Hackman to play Otis & Lex Luthor again in Superman II (1980).

Beatty continued to remain busy throughout the 1980s with appearances in several big budget TV productions including "The Last Days of Pompeii" (1984) (mini). However, the overall caliber of the productions in general did not match up to those he had appeared in during the seventies. None the less, Beatty still shone in films including The Big Easy (1987), Fourth Protocol, The (1987)_ , and the delightful Hear My Song (1991). Into the 1990s, Beatty's work output swung between a mixture of roles in family orientated productions (Gullivers Travels, Huckleberry Finn etc.) taking advantage of his "fatherly" type looks, but he could still accentuate a hard edge, and additionally was cast in Radioland Murders (1994), the TV series "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993) and Just Cause (1995).

Most recently, Beatty turned out a terrific performance in the popular Where the Red Fern Grows (2003).


IMDb mini-biography by
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Spouse
Sandra Johnson(20 November 1999 - present)
Dorothy Tinker' Lindsey'(28 June 1979 - March 1998) (divorced) 2 children
Belinda Beatty(1971 - ?) (divorced) 2 children
?(? - ?) (divorced) 4 children

Trivia

He was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role of 2001 for his performance in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Lyric Theatre in London.

He and wife Sandra are building a home in Northern Minnesota near her family. [2004]


 
Where are they now

(March 2004) He is playing Big Daddy in the 2003-2004 Broadway Revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Ashley Judd as Maggie and Jason Patric as Brick.


Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

This portly character player gave one of the 1970s' most courageous and harrowing performances as the brutalized rafter in Deliverance (1972, his film debut), forever etching his ruddy, round face in the minds of moviegoers everywhere. Since then, this stage veteran has exhibited tremendous range, playing all kinds of roles in all kinds of pictures. His turn as a monolithic broadcasting executive in Network (1976) earned Beatty an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and his appearances in popular 1970s films-among them Nashville (1975), All the President's Men, Silver Streak (both 1976), and Superman (1978)-made him an iconic presence during that decade. His TV work included the highly lauded telefeature Friendly Fire (1979) with Carol Burnett. The 1980s found his career somewhat in decline, although his work maintained the same high level of quality, in Back to School (1986), The Big Easy (1987), and Switching Channels (1988). Actor-writer Adrian Dunbar and director Peter Chelsom tailored the role of Irish singer Josef Locke specifically for him, and he played it for all it was worth in the 1991 sleeper Hear My Song His recent credits include Prelude to a Kiss (1992) and Rudy (1993), and he starred in the TV series "Homicide: Life on the Streets" (1993- ) and had a recurring role as John Goodman's father on "Roseanne."

Copyright 1994 Leonard Maltin, used by arrangement with Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.


 
 
 

 

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