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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), detective McNair in Just Cause (1995), Dexter Wilkins in Life (1999), the simple sheriff in Where the Red Fern Grows (2003), the corrupt SenatorCharles F. Meachum in Shooter (2007), United States Congressman Doc Long in Charlie Wilson's War (2007) and the voice of antagonist Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear in Toy Story 3 (2010).

Early life

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.



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 NewmanThe 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 (1973). 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 ReynoldsRobert 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 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 FinchBest 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 characterbeing 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.


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 inStroker 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.


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 (1994); 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 asJudge 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 WashingtonHe Got Game (1998). In 1999, Beatty returned to work with director Robert Altman in Cookie's Fortune (1999), with Glenn CloseJulianne Moore and Liv Tyler; and continues with Life (1999); opposite Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence and Spring Forward (1999), with Liev Schreiber.


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 SelimSweet 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 WahlbergMichael Peñaand 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).


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 and appeared in the film Rampart(2011), opposite Woody Harrelson, which is set in 1999 Los Angeles.

Beatty's next film is 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 will feature the presence ofGillian JacobsZachary KnightonDavid KrumholtzMelanie LynskeyAhna O'Reilly and Jason Ritter, and will be directed by his son Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman.

Personal life

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, Charles Beatty, Lennis Beatty, and Walter Beatty. 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" Lindsey; 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 attend the YouthAIDS 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 ReynoldsRonny Cox and Jon Voight.[4][5]


Year Film Role Notes
1972 Deliverance Bobby Trippe
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Tector Crites (Jackson gang/Narrator/Jersey Lily bartender)
1973 The Waltons "The Bicycle" Curtis Norton TV
Dying Room Only Tom King
The Thief Who Came to Dinner Deams
The Last American Hero Hackel, Derby Promoter
White Lightning Sheriff J.C. Connors
1974 Rockford Files 2 Episodes Leon Fielding Profit and Loss Part 1 and 2
The Execution of Private Slovik Father Stafford TV
1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings Country Bull
Nashville Delbert Reese
Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan Ollie Thompson
The Deadly Tower Allan Crum TV
M*A*S*H Col. Hollister
1976 All the President's Men Dardis
The Big Bus Shorty Scotty
Network Arthur Jensen Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Silver Streak Bob Sweet
Mikey and Nicky Kinney
1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic Edwards
Alambrista! Anglo Coyote TV
1977-78 Szysznyk Nick Szysznyk
1978 Gray Lady Down Mickey
The Great Bank Hoax Julius Taggart
Superman Otis
1979 Promises in the Dark Bud Koenig
Wise Blood Hoover Shoates
Friendly Fire Gene Mullen TV

Nominated – Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special'

1941 Ward Douglas
1980 The American Success Company Mr. Elliott
Hopscotch Myerson
Superman II Otis
1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman Dan Beame
1982 Rumpelstiltskin The King TV
Kentucky Woman Luke Telford
The Toy Sydney Morehouse
1983 Stroker Ace Clyde Torkle
Touched Herbie
1984 "The Last Days of Pompeii" Diomed TV
1985 Restless Natives Bender
1986 Back to School Dean David Martin
The Haunting of Barney Palmer Cole Scholar TV
1985/1986 Highway to Heaven 1985 - Willy The Waver&Melvin Rich / 1986 - Bill Cassidy

1985 - The Banker and the Bum / 1986 - That's Our Dad

1987 The Big Easy Jack Kellom
The Fourth Protocol Borisov/Pavel Petrovic
Rolling Vengeance Tiny Doyle
The Trouble with Spies Harry Lewis
1988 Shadows in the Storm Thelonious Pitt
Switching Channels Roy Ridnitz
Go toward the light George
The Unholy Lt. Stern
Midnight Crossing Ellis
After the Rain Kozen
Purple People Eater Grandpa
1989 Time Trackers Harry Orth
Physical Evidence James Nicks
Tennessee Nights Charlie Kiefer
Chattahoochee Dr. Harwood
Ministry of Vengeance Rev. Bloor
1989–1994 Roseanne Ed Conner TV
1990 Last Train Home Cornelius van Horne TV

Nominated – Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special'

Going Under Admiral Malice
Big Bad John Charlie
Angel Square Officer Ozzie O'Driscoll
A Cry in the Wild Pilot Jake Holcomb
Repossessed Ernest Weller
Fat Monroe Fat Monroe (Short feature)
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
Prelude to a Kiss Dr. Boyle
1993 The Golden Palace Tad Hollingsworth TV
Warren Oates: Across the Border Narrator Documentary
Rudy Daniel Ruettiger, Sr.
Ed and His Dead Mother Uncle Benny
1994 Replikator Insp. Victor Valiant
The Outlaws: Legend of O.B. Taggart Unknown
Radioland Murders General Walt Whalen
1995 Just Cause McNair
Streets of Laredo Judge Roy Bean TV
1996 Crazy Horse Dr. McGillicuddy
Gulliver's Travels Farmer Grultrud
1997 The Curse of Inferno Moles Huddenel
1998 He Got Game Warden Wyatt
1999 Cookie's Fortune Lester Boyle
Life Dexter Wilkins
Spring Forward Murph
Hard Time: Hostage Hotel Tony TV
2000 The Wilgus Stories Fat Monroe
Homicide: The Movie Det. Stanley 'The Big Man' Bolander
2001 I Was a Rat Mudduck TV
2002 This Beautiful Life Bum
Roughing It Slade TV
Thunderpants Gen. Ed Sheppard
2003 Where the Red Fern Grows Sheriff
2004 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Daddy Adaptation into a motion picture in 1958, revised by Williams in 1974 and refilmed for Showtime in 1984.

Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

The Wool Cap Gigot's Father TV
2005 Sweet Land Harmo
2007 Shooter Senator Charles F. Meachum
The Walker Jack Delorean
Charlie Wilson's War Clarence "Doc" Long
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. David Lowry TV, guest appearance.

Episode: Sweet Jane. Beatty submitted this episode for consideration in the category of "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" on his behalf for the 2007 Emmy Awards.[6]

2009 In the Electric Mist Twinky LeMoyne
2010 The Killer Inside Me Chester Conway Sundance Film Festival 2010
Toy Story 3 Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear Voice only

IGN Award for Favorite Villain[7] Nominated—IGN Movie Award for Best Ensemble Cast[8] Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain

2011 Rango Tortoise John Voice only
Rampart Hartshorn
2013 Teddy Bears Old Man Carl Pre-production


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.


Drama Desk Award


Academy Awards

Emmy Award

Golden Globe Award

MTV Movie Award

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