Ned Beatty

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Ned Beatty
Ned Beatty cropped.jpg
Beatty in 2006
Born Ned Thomas Beatty
(1937-07-06) July 6, 1937 (age 76)
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Residence Karlstad, Minnesota,
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Transylvania University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956–present
Home town Lexington, Kentucky
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Spouse(s) Walta Chandler (1959–1968, four children)
Belinia Rowley (1971–1979, two children)
Dorothy "Tinker" Lindsey (1979–1998, two children)
Sandra Johnson (1999–present)
Children Eight
Awards Drama Desk Award (2004)
Website
www.nedbeattysings.com

Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an American actor who has appeared in more than 100 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a Golden Globe Award; he won a Drama Desk Award.

These nominations stemmed from his performances in films and television series like Network (1976), Friendly Fire (1979), Last Train Home (1990), Hear My Song (1991), the adaptation film Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2004) and Toy Story 3 (2010).

He has had great commercial success in memorable roles such as the executive Bobby Trippe in Deliverance (1972), Tennessee lawyer Delbert Reese in Nashville (1975), general attorney Dardis in All the President's Men (1976), Bob Sweet in Silver Streak (1976), the priest Edwards in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Lex Luthor's henchman Otis in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), Bates' right hand man Sydney Morehouse in The Toy (1982), Borisov and Pavel Petrovic in The Fourth Protocol (1987), TV presenter Ernest Weller in Repossessed (1990), Rudy Ruettiger's father in Rudy (1993), attorney McNair in Just Cause (1995), Dexter Wilkins in Life (1999), the simple sheriff in Where the Red Fern Grows (2003), the corrupt Senator Charles F. Meachum in Shooter (2007), United States Congressman Doc Long in Charlie Wilson's War (2007) and the voice of antagonists Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear in Toy Story 3 (2010) and Tortoise John in Rango (2011).

Early life[edit]

Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Margaret Fortney (née Lennis) and Charles William Beatty.[1] He is not related to actor Warren Beatty. He has a sister, Mary Margaret. Before Beatty became an actor in 1947, he began singing in gospel and barbershop quartets in St. Matthews, Kentucky, and at his local church. He received a scholarship to sing in the a cappella choir at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky; he attended but did not graduate.[2]

In 1956, he made his stage debut at age 19, appearing in Wilderness Road, an outdoor-historical pageant located in Berea, Kentucky and he worked in the Louisville area through the mid-1960s, at the Clarksville Little Theater (Indiana) and the recently founded Actors Theater of Louisville. His time at the latter included a run as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, in 1966. However, the first ten years of Beatty's career were spent at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, which holds the distinction of being The State Theatre of Virginia.

Career[edit]

1970s[edit]

Ned Beatty with Susan Lanier and Olivia Cole from the short-lived television program Szysznyk in 1977.

In 1972, Beatty made his film debut with the role of Bobby Trippe in the hit thriller Deliverance (1972), starring Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds. One of the most memorable scenes of the film involved Beatty's weak-willed, flaccid character being ordered to strip at gunpoint, humiliated for being overweight and sodomized by the smaller but stronger and more aggressive mountain man.

In the same year, Beatty appeared in a western starring Paul Newman, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972). In 1973, Beatty made a comedy film based on a novel by Terrence Lore Smith The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973); The Last American Hero (1973), opposite Jeff Bridges and White Lightning (1973). He also appeared in an episode of the TV series The Waltons that same year, as well as the TV-movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders, which served as the pilot for the series Kojak. In 1974, he appeared in the television miniseries The Execution of Private Slovik (1974), based on a novel of William Bradford Huie, directed by Lamont Johnson and starring Martin Sheen. In 1975, he made W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), once again with Burt Reynolds; Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), portraying the Tennessee lawyer Delbert Reese and he also appeared as Colonel Hollister in the 1975 M*A*S*H episode "Dear Peg". Beatty appeared in the NBC-TV movie as Deputy Sheriff Ollie Thompson in Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975).

Beatty received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor category for Network (1976). He was one of two primary actors in the film – along with William Holden – to not win an Oscar. The other three acting awards were swept by Network performers: Best Actor for Peter Finch, Best Actress for Faye Dunaway, and Best Supporting Actress for Beatrice Straight.

In 1976, he appeared in Alan J. Pakula's film All the President's Men (1976), opposite Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman; a comedy film The Big Bus (1976); Silver Streak (1976), with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor (in which his character is shot dead) and Mikey and Nicky (1976), portraying Kinney. In 1977, Beatty returned to work with John Boorman in the horror film Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), starring Linda Blair. In 1978, Beatty appeared in Gray Lady Down (1978), portraying Mickey and was cast by Richard Donner to portray Lex Luthor's henchman Otis in Superman: The Movie (1978), with Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman, as he would in the 1980 sequel, directed by Richard Lester, where we see his character being left behind in prison.

Once again, Beatty received a second nomination for Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special' for the television series Friendly Fire (1979). By the end of the 1970s, Beatty was seen in two films, Flannery O'Connor's novel Wise Blood (1979), directed by John Huston and opposite Brad Dourif and 1941 (1979), with Dan Aykroyd and directed by Steven Spielberg.

1980s[edit]

In 1980, Beatty appeared in Ronald Neame's 1980 American film Hopscotch (1980). In 1981, Beatty appeared in the comedy/science fiction film The Incredible Shrinking Woman, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring by Lily Tomlin. In 1982, Beatty return to work with Richard Donner and Richard Pryor in the comedy The Toy (1982). In 1983, Beatty worked with Burt Reynolds again in Stroker Ace (1983).

In the middle of 1980s, Beatty appeared in the comedy film Restless Natives (1985), directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Vincent Friell.

By the end of the 1980s, Beatty appeared in another comedy film, as the academic dean Martin in Back to School (1986). In 1987, Beatty appeared in the 1987 American neo-noir crime film The Big Easy (1987) directed by Jim McBride and starring by Dennis Quaid and continued with The Fourth Protocol (1987), opposite Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan. In 1988, Beatty appeared with the main character Thelonious Pitt in Shadows in the Storm (1988), returned to work with Burt Reynolds and Christopher Reeve; in 1988 comedy film Switching Channels (1988) and Purple People Eater (1988), portraying a simple grandfather. In 1989, Beatty made Chattahoochee (1989), portraying Dr. Harwood, and also had a recurring role as Dan Conner's father on Roseanne (1989–1994), with John Goodman.

1990s[edit]

Beatty at the 1990 Annual Emmy Awards

Entering in the 1990s, Beatty got the third nomination for an Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special' category in Last Train Home (1990) and appeared in the 1991 British film, Hear My Song (1991), which he portrayed Irish tenor Josef Locke, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture.

In 1990, Beatty worked again with Linda Blair in Repossessed (1990) and appeared in the Marvel Comics American hero Captain America (1990). In 1992, he portrayed Dr. Boyle in Prelude to a Kiss (1992); opposite Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin. In 1993, Beatty appeared in the 1993 biopic Rudy (1993); portraying Rudy Reuttiger's father, with Sean Astin. Beatty starred in the television series Homicide: Life on the Street as Detective Stanley Bolander for its first three seasons (1993–1995).

By the middle of the 1990s, Beatty made the 1994 science fiction film Replikator (1994), directed by Philip Jackson and Radioland Murders (1994), portraying General Walt Whalen. In 1995, Beatty worked with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne in the thriller Just Cause (1995). He appeared as Judge Roy Bean in the TV miniseries adaptation of Larry McMurtrys novel Streets of Laredo (1995).

And in the end of 1990s, Beatty appeared in the 1998 sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee and starring by Denzel Washington, He Got Game (1998). In 1999, Beatty returned to work with director Robert Altman in Cookie's Fortune (1999), with Glenn Close, Julianne Moore and Liv Tyler; and continues with Life (1999); opposite Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence and Spring Forward (1999), with Liev Schreiber.

2000s[edit]

In the beginning of 2000s, Beatty was a member of the original cast of the television police drama reunion film Homicide: The Movie (2000), reprising his role of Detective Stanley Bolander. In 2002, he appeared in Peter Hewitt's film Thunderpants (2002), and in 2003, Beatty portrayed a simple sheriff in Where the Red Fern Grows (2003).

Beatty has also had a career as a stage actor, including a run in the London production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Brendan Fraser and Frances O'Connor, which won a Drama Desk Award.

In the middle of 2000s, Beatty appeared in the television film The Wool Cap (2004), with William H. Macy, and in 2005, an American independent film directed and written by Ali Selim, Sweet Land (2005).

In March 2006, Beatty received the RiverRun International Film Festival's "Master of Cinema" Award (the highest honor of the festival), in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

By the end of the 2000s, Beatty appeared in the film version of Stephen Hunter's novel Point of Impact retitled Shooter (2007), directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña and Danny Glover; the 2007 drama film that was written and directed by Paul Schrader The Walker (2007); the U.S. Congressman Doc Long in the film Charlie Wilson's War (2007), with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and worked with Tommy Lee Jones in the thriller In the Electric Mist (2009).

2010s[edit]

In 2010, Beatty starred in the thriller The Killer Inside Me (2010), which was part of the Sundance Film Festival,[3] and voiced the main antagonist Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear in Toy Story 3 (2010). In 2011, Beatty worked with actor Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski in the computer-animated film Rango (2011), again, playing the role of the antagonist. He appeared briefly in the film Funny Guy and in the film Rampart (2011), opposite Woody Harrelson, which is set in 1999 Los Angeles. Beatty also appeared at the sitcom television series Go On (2013), opposite Matthew Perry, portraying Coach Spence in episode 16.

Beatty's next film was Teddy Bears (2013), a dark comedy about three couples who head to the desert to help their friend heal after the death of his mother. The film featured Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton, David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynskey, Ahna O'Reilly and Jason Ritter, and was directed by his son Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman. His other next movie was Baggage Claim (2013), an American comedy film directed by David E. Talbert and written by Talbert based on his book of the same name, opposite Paula Patton, Adam Brody, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Christina Milian and Derek Luke.

Personal life[edit]

Beatty has been married four times. His first wife was Walta Chandler; they were married from 1959 until 1968 (before Beatty became an actor) and had four children: Douglas Beatty (born 1960), Charles Beatty (born 1961), Lennis Beatty (born 1963), and Walter Beatty (born 1966). His second wife was the actress Belinda Rowley; they were married from 1971 and had two children: John Beatty and Blossom Beatty. His third wife was Dorothy Adams "Tinker" Lindsay; they were married from June 28, 1979 to March 1998 and had two children: Thomas Beatty in 1980 and Dorothy Beatty in 1983. His fourth wife is Sandra Johnson; they married November 20, 1999, and reside in California. They also maintain a residence in Karlstad, Minnesota, Johnson's hometown.

In October 27, 2003, Beatty attended the Youth AIDS Annual Benefit Gala 2003 at Capitale with actress Ashley Judd.

In June 29, 2012, Beatty appeared at a 40th anniversary screening of Deliverance in June 2012 at Warner Bros., together with Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Jon Voight.[4][5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1972 Deliverance Bobby Trippe
1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Tector Crites
Jackson gang member
Narrator
Jersey Lily bartender
1973 The Thief Who Came to Dinner Deams
1973 The Last American Hero Hackel
1973 White Lightning Sheriff JC Connors
1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings Country Bull
1975 Nashville Delbert Reese
1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan Ollie Thompson
1976 All the President's Men Dardis
1976 The Big Bus Shorty Scotty
1976 Network Arthur Jensen Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1976 Silver Streak Bob Sweet
1976 Mikey and Nicky Kinney
1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic Edwards
1978 Gray Lady Down Mickey
1978 The Great Bank Hoax Julius Taggart
1978 Superman Otis
1979 Promises in the Dark Bud Koenig
1979 Wise Blood Hoover Shoates
1979 1941 Ward Douglas
1980 The American Success Company Mr. Elliott
1980 Hopscotch Myerson
1980 Superman II Otis
1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman Dan Beame
1982 The Toy Sydney Morehouse
1983 Stroker Ace Clyde Torkle
1983 Touched Herbie
1985 Highway to Heaven
1985 Willy The Waver & Melvin Rich
1985 Restless Natives Bender
1986 Back to School Dean David Martin
1986 Bill Cassidy
1985 The Banker and the Bum
1986 That's Our Dad
1987 The Big Easy Jack Kellom
1987 The Fourth Protocol Borisov
Pavel Petrovic
1987 Rolling Vengeance Tiny Doyle
1987 The Trouble with Spies Harry Lewis
1988 Shadows in the Storm Thelonious Pitt
1988 Switching Channels Roy Ridnitz
1988 Go Toward the Light George
1988 The Unholy Lt. Stern
1988 Midnight Crossing Ellis
1988 After the Rain Kozen
1988 Purple People Eater Grandpa
1989 Time Trackers Harry Orth
1989 Physical Evidence James Nicks
1989 Tennessee Nights Charlie Kiefer
1989 Chattahoochee Dr. Harwood
1989 Ministry of Vengeance Rev. Bloor
1990 Going Under Admiral Malice
1990 Big Bad John Charlie
1990 Angel Square Officer Ozzie O'Driscoll
1990 A Cry in the Wild Pilot Jake Holcomb
1990 Repossessed Ernest Weller
1990 Fat Monroe Fat Monroe Short film
1990 Captain America Sam Kolawetz
1991 Hear My Song Josef Locke Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1992 Blind Vision Sgt. Logan
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Dr. Boyle
1993 Warren Oates: Across the Border Narrator Documentary
1993 Rudy Daniel Ruettiger, Sr.
1993 Ed and His Dead Mother Uncle Benny
1994 Replikator Insp. Victor Valiant
1994 The Outlaws: Legend of O.B. Taggart Unknown
1994 Radioland Murders General Walt Whalen
1995 Just Cause McNair
1997 The Curse of Inferno Moles Huddenel
1998 He Got Game Warden Wyatt
1999 Cookie's Fortune Lester Boyle
1999 Life Dexter Wilkins
1999 Spring Forward Murph
2000 Homicide: The Movie Det. Stanley "The Big Man" Bolander
2002 This Beautiful Life Bum
2002 Thunderpants Gen. Ed Sheppard
2003 Where the Red Fern Grows Sheriff
2004 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Daddy Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
2005 Sweet Land Harmo
2007 Shooter Senator Charles F. Meachum
2007 The Walker Jack Delorean
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Clarence "Doc" Long
2009 In the Electric Mist Twinky LeMoyne
2010 The Killer Inside Me Chester Conway
2010 Toy Story 3 Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear Voice
IGN Award for Favorite Villain[6]
Nominated—IGN Movie Award for Best Ensemble Cast[7]
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
2011 Rango Tortoise John Voice
2011 Rampart Hartshorn
2013 Teddy Bears Old Man Carl
2013 Baggage Claim Mr. Donaldson

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Waltons Curtis Norton Episode: "The Bicycle"
1973 Dying Room Only Tom King
1974 Rockford Files Leon Fielding Episodes: "Profit and Loss Part 1"
"Profit and Loss Part 2"
1974 The Execution of Private Slovik Father Stafford
1975 The Deadly Tower Allan Crum
1975 M*A*S*H Col. Hollister
1977 Alambrista! Anglo Coyote
1977–1978 Szysznyk Nick Szysznyk
1979 Friendly Fire Gene Mullen Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
1982 Rumpelstiltskin The King
1982 Kentucky Woman Luke Telford
1984 The Last Days of Pompeii Diomed
1984 The Haunting of Barney Palmer Cole Scholar
1989–1994 Roseanne Ed Conner
1990 Last Train Home Cornelius van Horne Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
1993 The Golden Palace Tad Hollingsworth
1995 Streets of Laredo Judge Roy Bean
1996 Crazy Horse Dr. McGillicuddy
1996 Gulliver's Travels Farmer Grultrud
1999 Hard Time: Hostage Hotel Tony
2000 The Wilgus Stories Fat Monroe
2001 I Was a Rat Mudduck
2002 Roughing It Slade
2004 The Wool Cap Gigot's father
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. David Lowry Episode: "Sweet Jane"[8]
2008 Law and Order Judge Episode: [Zero]
2013 Go On Coach Spence

Awards[edit]

During his career, Beatty got his first nomination for an Academy Award in Best Supporting Actor category for Network (1976), portraying Arthur Jensen. His second nomination, an Emmy Award, came for Friendly Fire (1979) in 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special' category and the third nomination is another Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special' category for Last Train Home (1990). He got the fourth major award nomination for a Golden Globe Award in category Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for Hear My Song (1990), portraying the Irish tenor Josef Locke and his fifth nomination for a MTV Movie Award in Best Villain category in the voice of antagonist Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear in Toy Story 3 (2010).

He won a Drama Desk Award for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2004) in Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play category, alongside with Brendan Fraser and Frances O'Connor.

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