Ned Payne Austin (29 April 1925 – 10 February 2007) was an American character actor and a member of the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA.
Austin was in several films, including
and Annie Hall , and some regional movies and industrial films, and he played the bridgemaster in The Happy Ending Stephen King's directorial debut, , where he introduced the phrase, "Can't you see we've got a situation here?!". After two seasons of summer stock in Maximum Overdrive Surry, Maine, he starred as Daniel Boone for the first three years (1952–1954) of in Horn in the West Boone, North Carolina and then moved to Denver, Colorado, where he appeared in about forty stage productions, in various theatre companies.
His television credits include several kiddie shows and parts in
, Movin' On , Alias Smith and Jones , and a CBS movie of the week, Route 66 , as well as numerous commercials. Company of Killers
Sam Austin, starred in the Disney film in 1970, shot in Mountain Born Telluride, Colorado. Sam wrote the title song and became one of the youngest members of ASCAP at the age of 12.
In 1972, Austin returned to
Boone, North Carolina to live, and he continued to act in community theatre productions and in regionally produced films. He lived there for the remaining 35 years of his life, and died peacefully, in the house in which he was born.
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