- Ned Beatty
Beatty in 2006
Born Ned Thomas Beatty
July 6, 1937
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Nationality American Alma mater Transylvania University Occupation Actor Years active 1972–present Spouse Walta Chandler (1959–1968)
Belinia Rowley (1971–1979)
Dorothy "Tinker" Lindsey (1979–1998)
Sandra Johnson (1999–present)
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; 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), 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), twice characters 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), Ray and Claude's warden/employer Dexter Wilkins in Life (1999), the simple sheriff in Where the Red Fern Grows (2003), the corrupt Senator Charles 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).
Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Margaret Fortney (née Lennis) and Charles William 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, as well as 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.
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.
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 Newman, The 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 Reynolds; Robert Altman's Nashville (1975), portraying the overweight 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 Finch, Best 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 overweight Mickey and was cast by Richard Donner to portray Lex Luthor's overweight henchman Otis in Superman: The Movie (1978), with Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman, as he would in the 1980 sequel, directed by Richard Lester.
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).
In 1980s, 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 in Stroker Ace (1983).
By the end of the 1980s, Beatty appeared in another comedy film 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).
Entering in the 1990s, Beatty got it 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 as Judge 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 Washington, He Got Game (1998). In 1999, Beatty returned to work with director Robert Altman in Cookie's Fortune (1999), with Glenn Close, Julianne 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).
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 Selim, Sweet Land (2005).
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 Wahlberg, Michael Peña and 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, 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.
In 1959, Beatty married Walta Chandler, with whom he has four children: Douglas Beatty, Charles Beatty, Lennis Beatty, and Walter Beatty. They divorced in 1968. In 1971, he married his second wife, the actress Belinda Rowley, with whom he had two children: John Beatty and Blossom Beatty. He married his third wife, Dorothy Adams "Tinker" Lindsey, on June 28, 1979, and with her he had two more children: Thomas Beatty in 1980 and Dorothy Beatty in 1983. He married his fourth wife, Sandra Johnson, on November 20, 1999.
Beatty resides in California. He also maintains a residence in Karlstad, Minnesota, his wife's hometown.
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 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 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 1985 Restless Natives Bender 1986 Back to School Dean David Martin 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 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. 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. 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 2011 Rango Tortise John Voice only
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).
Drama Desk Award
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special – Friendly Fire (1979)
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special – Last Train Home (1990)
Golden Globe Award
MTV Movie Award
- MTV Movie Award for Best Villain – Toy Story 3 (2010)
- ^ Ned Beatty Biography at Fil Reference.com
- ^ Ned Beatty Biography at NedBeattySings.com
- ^ "Sundance '10: 'The Killer Inside Me' One Sheet, Stills". BloodyDisgusting. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/18818.
- ^ "2007 Emmys CONFIRMED Episode Submissions". The Envelope Forum, Los Angeles Times. http://goldderbyforums.latimes.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/1106078764/m/53610293. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
- ^ "2010 IGN Award for Best Ensemble Cast". IGN. http://uk.movies.ign.com/summer-awards/2010/best-ensemble-cast.html. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
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