Ned Beatty dies at 83, popular actor for ‘Deliverance’ and ‘Superman’ | Culture


Ned Beatty with director Robert Altman at the 2000 'Nashville' 25th anniversary celebration.
Ned Beatty with director Robert Altman at the 2000 ‘Nashville’ 25th anniversary celebration.Michael Caulfield / AP

Ned Beatty, one of the most popular supporting actors in the seventies, eighties and nineties in Hollywood, and who knew how to extend his career in animation, died on Sunday at the age of 83 at his home in Los Angeles from “natural causes and surrounded from his family and friends, ”according to Deborah Miller, his agent. Beatty, with a round and good-natured face, was a popular performer among the general public thanks to films such as Deliverance (Defense); Network, an unforgiving world (with which he was an Oscar nominee); Nashville; All the president’s men; 1941; Y for portraying Otis, Lex Luthor’s henchman in Superman Y Superman II; or the saga Toy Story, among many. He has left a curriculum with more than 150 films for the cinema, television films and television series.

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Beatty did not seem called to the cinema when he began his career in his native Louisville, Kentucky. At age 10, in 1947, in Lexington, where his family had moved, he was already a wonderful singer in his church choir. He even received a scholarship to develop his talent at the University of Transylvania in Lexington, but he did not graduate because on his way he crossed the theater, which became his great passion. And for a decade he made a living as an actor in provincial theaters with greater successes or more regular results – yes, always enjoying himself – although without attracting attention until his film debut in 1972 in Deliverance (Defensa), a powerful drama directed by John Boorman and with Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight as stars of a group of friends who go on a canoe trip, and in which Beatty played a very delicate role, the one of the type forced to scream like a pig in a sequence brimming with violence.

Suddenly the actor entered the agendas of those responsible for casting any film. In those seventies he linked, and only naming the most outstanding, The Hanging Judge, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, Nashville, All the President’s Men, The Chicago Express, The Exorcist II (repeating with Boorman), Red alert: Sunken Neptune O 1941. And also in that decade he was nominated for the best supporting actor for Network, an unforgiving world, as executive Arthur Jensen, and gained popularity among the general public as Otis, Lex Luthor’s (Gene Hackman) jerk aide in Superman Y Superman II. Of course, all this with appearances in television series such as MASH, The streets of San Francisco O Szysznyk, who starred in. Also, since Deliverance He got on with Burt Reynolds, and he was calling him for the The traffickers; A nice cheek; Gator, the confidant, Ace of feathers …

Ned Beatty and Gene Hackman, and 'Superman'.
Ned Beatty and Gene Hackman, and ‘Superman’.Warner Bros/Dc Comics/Kobal/Shut / Warner Bros/Dc Comics/Kobal/Shut

Beatty always joked in interviews that his category as an actor was “the one where people come up to you and say: ‘I know you, I know you, but … where have I seen you?” And he never cared, because in return, even if he came to the movies at 35, he no longer got off the screen. His work in the eighties and nineties is simply immeasurable. Because between film and film, he returned to the stage or acted in series such as Homicides or playing John Goodman’s father in Roseanne.

Of the rest of his filmography they stand out The Incredible Waning Woman, The Fourth Protocol, Just Cause, the stupendous Someday I will find you —With which he achieved his only candidacy for the Golden Globes—, He Got Game, Cookie’s Fortune (repeating with Robert Altman), Persecution in Texas (The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez), Interference —The version of Front page, with his friends Reynolds and Reeves—, Dear detective, In the middle of the storm, La guerra de Charlie Wilson, The Walker, Shooter: el tirador, Rampart, Teddy Bears (co-directed by his son Thomas, one of his eight offspring) or Light of luggage. Before retiring in 2013, he voiced Latso the bear on Toy Story 3 and the villainous turtle of Rank.


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