Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-13 19:19:46 –
New York (AP) — An indelible character actor who led him to a long, prolific and accomplished career in his first film role as a gentle vacationer brutally raped by Backwoodman in 1972’s Deliverance. Ned Beatty has passed away. He was 83 years old.
Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said Beatty died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, surrounded by friends and loved ones.
After spending years in a local theater, Beatty starred in “Deliverance” as Bobby Trip, a lucky member of a male riverboat party threatened by Buckwood thugs. Trippe’s brutal scene became one of the most memorable in the movie, and Beatty was established as a face-recognizing actor, although he may not have known the name of a movie fan.
“There are many things for people like me” I know you! I know you! Beatty spoke in 1992 without slander.
Beatty was nominated for Oscar only once in the 1976 “Network” as an actor to support Arthur Jensen’s role as a business owner, but he contributed to some of the most popular films of the time. And worked constantly with his credits, including over 150 movies. And TV shows.
Beatty’s appearance on “Network”, written by Sidney Lumet’s Paddy Chayefsky, was short but huge. His three-minute monologue is one of the best in the movie. Jensen summons Anchorman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) to a long, dimly lit conference room to come to Jesus about the fundamental powers of the media.
“You interfered with nature’s driving force, Mr. Beer, and I don’t have it!” Beatty shouts from the other side of the conference room before explaining that neither America nor democracy exists. “There are only IBM and ITT, AT & T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, Exxon. They are the countries of the world today.”
He was equally impressive as Otis, the idiot Lex Luthor’s stupid Henchman in the first two Christopher Reeve’s “Superman” films, and as a racist sheriff in “White Lightning.” did. Other movies include “All the President’s Men”, “Front Page”, “Nashville”, and “Big Easy”. In a 1977 interview, he explained why he preferred to be a supporting character.
“Stars don’t want to throw a curve ball at the audience, but my great pleasure is to throw a curve ball,” he said. “Being a star reduces your effectiveness as an actor because it becomes an identifiable part of your product and you can predict it to some extent. You care about your P and Q and your fans But I like to surprise the audience and do unexpected things. “
He played a rare protagonist in the Irish movie “Hear My Song” in 1991. The true story of the legendary Irish tenor Joseph Rock, who disappeared at the height of his illustrious career, was often reviewed, but rarely seen in the United States. Between movies, Beatty worked hard on television and in theaters. He played a recurring role in “Rosanne” as John Goodman’s father and as a detective in the “Homiside / Murder Case”.
Broadway received critic praise (and Drama Desk Awards) for playing Big Daddy in the resurrection of “Hot Tin Roof Cat,” which he first played in Production at the age of 21. .. But when he was quoted in the New York Times about the skills of his young co-stars Ashley Judd and Jason Patric, he caused controversy.
“Ashley is a sweet man, yet she doesn’t have a lot of tools,” he said. Regarding Patrick, he said: “He’s always getting better, but he’s on another journey.” His recent films include “Toy Story 3” in 2010 and two releases from 2013, “Big Ask” and “Bagage.” Claims “was included. He soon retired.
Ned Thomas Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1937 and grew up in Lexington, where he joined the Protestant disciples of the Christian Church of Christ. “It was the theater I attended when I was a kid,” he told The Associated Press in 1992. “It was the place where people settled on their true feelings and talked about what they didn’t talk about in everyday life …. the sermons were very often theatrical.” For a while he became a priest. I was thinking about that, but after appearing in the high school “Harvey”, I changed my mind.
He spent 10 summers at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, and 8 years at the Arena Stage Company in Washington, DC. On the arena stage, he starred in Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” and in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” Then his life changed forever when he took the train to New York to audition for John Boorman for the role of Bobby Trip. Bourman said he had a role cast, but changed his mind after seeing Beatty’s audition.
Beatty, who married Sandra Johnson in 1999, had eight children in her previous three marriages.
The late AP entertainment writer Bob Thomas contributed a biographical material to the story.