Ned Beatty, Superman and Toy Story 3 actor, died at 83
Ned Beatty, a veteran character actor with credits in Superman, Network, and dozens more, has passed away. Family members of the late actor said TMZ Beatty died in her sleep on Sunday. No further details or cause of death were obtained by the tabloid, although the outlet reports that Beatty’s death is unrelated to COVID. He was 83 years old.
Earning over 160 credits throughout his career, Beatty made his film debut in Issuance alongside Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds. Just four years after his feature film debut, Beatty went on to play Arthur Jensen in the Sidney Lumet film. Network, a black comedy on a fictional television network facing ratings. For her role in the feature film, Beatty won her first and only Oscar nomination. He continued to star in dozens of other projects throughout the 1970s, including Superman and superman II, where he started as a sidekick of Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) Otis.
Born in 1937, Beatty played until he was 70, appearing in films and television episodes until 2013. Eventually, he began to lend his voice to animated roles, playing Lots-O’-Huggin ‘Bear in Toy Story 3, a role that earned him a nomination for Best Villain at the MTV Movie Awards. Beatty also voiced Tortoise John in Rango.
On the small screen, Beatty has appeared in virtually every classics. Throughout the early days of his career, Beatty appeared on Kojak, MASH, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, and dozens of other network programs. Most recently, Beatty has made appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2007y) and Law and order (2008). His greatest stint on television came as Stanley Bolander on Homicide: life on the streets, where he appeared in 33 episodes.
Beatty is survived by his wife Sandra Johnson and eight children and grandchildren.
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