Ned Thomas Beatty
(July 6, 1937 – June 13, 2021)
He’ll always be remembered for Deliverance (1972), his first movie, but Ned Beatty was terrific in all sorts of things. He passed away yesterday at 83.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Beatty was in some key films of the 70s — Deliverance, White Lightning (1973, above), All The President’s Men (1974), Network (1976, which landed him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor), Superman (1978) and 1941 (1979). The decade was loaded with great character actors, and he was at the top of the heap.
More good stuff followed, from Hopscotch (1980) to Toy Story 3 (2010). He’s a lot of fun in a pretty terrible thing called Rolling Vengeance (1987).