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Monday, June 14, 2021

Ned Beatty, the indelible character actor whose first film role in 1972's "Deliverance" launched him on a long, prolific and accomplished career, has died. He was 83.



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Ned Thomas Beatty was born in 1937 in Louisville, Ky., and raised in Lexington, where he joined the Protestant Disciples of Christ Christian Church. "It was the theater I attended as a kid," he told The Associated Press in 1992. "It was where people got down to their truest emotions and talked about things they didn't talk about in everyday life. ... The preaching was very often theatrical." For a time he thought of becoming a priest, but changed his mind after he was cast in a high school production of "Harvey."

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-06-13 09:30 PM | Reply

The sign on the road-facing fence of my sisters orchard says:

One Word:

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-06-13 09:56 PM | Reply

He was always good in whatever role he played. Well done, Ned.

#3 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-06-14 01:57 AM | Reply

Superb character actor with impressive range. Catch "Hear My Somg," if you can. Bonus with that flick is the young Adrian Dunbar and Jimmy Nesbit going off into Ireland, searching for renowned singer Joseph Locke (Beatty). Again, the guy's range. Nicely done, sir. RIP.

#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-06-14 07:16 AM | Reply

Come back
We need more good bad guys.

#5 | Posted by LesWit at 2021-06-14 11:13 AM | Reply

I did not realize he got such a late start in life with his acting career.

#6 | Posted by jakester at 2021-06-14 12:27 PM | Reply

Deliverance was shot in order, in case anyone got injured they'd write it into the script.

The "rape" scene was largely improvised, and Beatty was not told what was going to happen. In interviews, he'd always refuse to discuss the scene.

#7 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-06-14 12:33 PM | Reply

For years, fans of that movie would taunt him by saying "squeal like a pig!" whenever they saw him. No wonder he didn't want to discuss it.

#8 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-06-15 10:39 AM | Reply

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