Ned Beatty, whose breakout role was as a vacationer raped by a backwoodsman in 1972’s “Deliverance” has died.
His manager, Deborah Miller, said Beatty died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by friends and loved ones. He was 83.
Beatty spent years in regional theatre before being cast in Deliverance.
His credits include more than 150 movies and television shows but received just one Oscar nomination for his role as a corporate executive in the 1976 film Network.
Other films included “Superman,” “All The President’s Men,” “The Front Page,” “Nashville,” and “The Big Easy.”
Beatty had a preference for supporting roles, noting he liked to surprise the audience, to do the unexpected. Being the star, he said, makes you an identifiable part of a product and somewhat predictable.
Between movies, Beatty worked often in TV and theatre. He had recurring roles in “Roseanne” as John Goodman’s father and as a detective on “Homicide: Life on the Streets.”
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