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Ned Thomas Beatty

(1937-07-06)July 6, 1937
Died June 13, 2021(2021-06-13) (aged 83)
Alma mater Transylvania University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956–2013
  • Walta Chandler
    (m. 1959; div. 1968)
  • Belinda Rowley
    (m. 1971; div. 1979)
  • Dorothy "Tinker" Lindsay
    (m. 1979; div. 1998)
  • Sandra Johnson (m. 1999)
Children 8
Awards Drama Desk Award (2004)

Ned Thomas Beatty (July 6, 1937 – June 13, 2021) was an American actor.

He was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ned was one of the top character actors in film, particularly during the 1970s, and appeared in more than 160 films. He was nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, and a Golden Globe Award; he also won a Drama Desk Award.

These nominations stemmed from his performances in films and television series, such as Network (1976), Friendly Fire (1979), Hear My Song (1991), and Toy Story 3 (2010).

He had great commercial success in roles such as executive Bobby Trippe in Deliverance (1972), lawyer Delbert Reese in Nashville (1975), investigator Martin Dardis in All the President's Men (1976), undercover federal agent Bob Sweet in Silver Streak (1976), the priest, Father Edwards in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Lex Luthor's bumbling henchman Otis in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), as a millionaire's right-hand man in The Toy (1982), Pavel Borisov in The Fourth Protocol (1987), TV presenter Ernest Weller in Repossessed (1990), Rudy Ruettiger's father in Rudy (1993), attorney McNair in Just Cause (1995), Dexter Wilkins in Life (1999), the simple sheriff in Where the Red Fern Grows (2003), the corrupt Senator Charles F. Meachum in Shooter (2007), Congressman Doc Long in Charlie Wilson's War (2007), and in animated films as the voice of Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear in Toy Story 3 (2010) and Tortoise John in Rango (2011).

Personal life

Beatty was married four times. His first wife was Walta Chandler; they were married from 1959 until 1968 and had four children: Douglas Beatty (born 1960), twins Charles and Lennis Beatty (born 1963), and Walter Beatty (born 1966). His second wife was the actress Belinda Rowley; they were married from 1971 to 1979 and had two children: John Beatty and Blossom Beatty. His third wife was Dorothy Adams "Tinker" Lindsay; 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 was Sandra Johnson; they married on November 20, 1999, and resided in California. They also maintained a residence in Karlstad, Minnesota.

Beatty was not related to fellow Hollywood star Warren Beatty, both born in 1937. When asked if they were related, Ned had been known to joke that Warren was his "illegitimate uncle."

On June 29, 2012, Beatty attended a 40th anniversary screening of Deliverance at Warner Bros., with Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Jon Voight.

Beatty supported Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign.


Beatty died in Los Angeles of natural causes on June 13, 2021, at age 83.

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