July 6: Ned Beatty is 80

07-06-1937-Ned_BeattyNed Beatty is an American actor who has appeared in more than 160 films and has been 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), 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 roles such as the executive Bobby Trippe in Deliverance (1972), Tennessee 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 Edwards in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Lex Luthor’s bumbling henchman Otis in Superman (1978) (pictured) 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), and Dexter Wilkins in Life (1999),.

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