Ned Beatty

Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor.


Early life

Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Margaret Fortney (née Lennis), a high school lunch lady, and Charles William Beatty. He has a sister, Mary Margaret. In 1947, he began singing in gospel and barbershop quartets in St. Matthews, Kentucky, as well as at his local church. He made his stage debut at the age of 19, appearing in Wilderness Road, an outdoor historical pageant. He attended college at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, although he did not graduate. Beatty found work in the Louisville area through the mid 1960's at the Clarksville Little Theater (IN) and the recently founded Actors Theater of Louisville. His time at the latter included a memorable run as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman in 1966.


Beatty has appeared in over 100 films and is probably most recognized from his appearance as Delbert Reese, a Tennessee lawyer and husband of Lily Tomlin who attempts to have a sexual liaision with Gwen Welles in Robert Altman's Nashville (1975). Also memorable were his depictions of Dennis Quaid's co-worker in a drama about police corruption in New Orleans, The Big Easy (1987); Lex Luthor's henchman Otis in Superman (1978); Rudy Reuttiger's father in the 1993 biopic Rudy; and as rape victim Bobby Trippe in his debut film, Deliverance (1972). He was a member of the original cast of the television police drama Homicide: Life on the Street, playing Detective Stanley Bolander in the show's first three seasons. He also had a recurring role as Dan Conner's philandering father Ed on the hit television show Roseanne.

Beatty was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Network (1976). He has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe Award. In the award-winning 1991 British film Hear My Song, he portrayed the singer Josef Locke.

In March 2006, Beatty received the RiverRun International Film Festival's "Master of Cinema" award (the highest honor of the festival).


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