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Overview (4)

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Birth NameNed Thomas Beatty
Nickname The busiest actor in Hollywood
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Stocky, genial-looking supporting actor Ned Beatty was once hailed by Daily Variety as the "busiest actor in Hollywood".

Ned Thomas Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Margaret (Fortney) and Charles William Beatty. He grew up fishing and working on farms. His hometown of St. Matthews, Kentucky, is hardly the environment to encourage a career in the entertainment industry, though, so when asked, "How did you get into show business?" Beatty responds, "By hanging out with the wrong crowd." That "crowd" includes some of the industry's most prominent names, such as John Huston, Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, Paul Newman, Richard Burton, Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando and Robert Redford.

Beatty has garnered praise from both critics and peers as a dedicated actor's actor. He started as a professional performer at age ten, when he earned pocket money singing in gospel quartets and a barber shop. The big city and bright lights did not come easy, though. The first ten years of Beatty's career were spent at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia. He then moved on to the Erie Playhouse in Pennsylvania, the Playhouse Theater in Houston, Texas, and the prestigious Arena Stage Company in Washington, D.C. He was also a member of Shakespeare in Central Park, Louisville, Kentucky. Later, he appeared in the Broadway production of "The Great White Hope". At the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, he won rave reviews when he starred in "The Accidental Death of an Anarchist".

In 1971, Beatty was chosen by director John Boorman for the role of Bobby Trippe in the hit film/backwoods nightmare Deliverance (1972). Co-star Burt Reynolds and Beatty struck up a friendship together, and Ned has since been cast by Burt in several other films together, including White Lightning (1973), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), and the abysmal Stroker Ace (1983). Ned's talents were also noticed by others in Hollywood and he was cast in many key productions of the 1970s turning in stellar performance, including an Academy Award nomination of Best Supporting Actor for his role in Network (1976). Beatty was also marvelous in Nashville (1975), under fire from a crazed sniper in The Deadly Tower (1975), an undercover FBI man in the action/comedy Silver Streak (1976), as Lex Luthor's bumbling assistant, Otis, in the blockbuster Superman (1978)... and he returned again with Gene Hackman to play Otis and Lex Luthor again in Superman II (1980).

Beatty continued to remain busy throughout the 1980s with appearances in several big budget television productions including The Last Days of Pompeii (1984). However, the overall caliber of the productions in general did not match up to those he had appeared in during the 1970s. Nonetheless, Beatty still shone in films including The Big Easy (1986) and The Fourth Protocol (1987). Into the 1990s, Beatty's work output swung between a mixture of roles in family orientated productions (Gulliver's Travels (1996), Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1990), etc.) taking advantage of his "fatherly" type looks, but he could still accentuate a hard edge, and additionally was cast in Radioland Murders (1994) and Just Cause (1995). His many other films include The Toy (1982), All the President's Men (1976), Wise Blood (1979), Rudy (1993), Spring Forward (1999), Hear My Song (1991) -- for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor -- Prelude to a Kiss (1992), He Got Game (1998) and Cookie's Fortune (1999). Beatty's numerous television credits include three years on the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Streets of Laredo (1995), and The Boys (1993).

Beatty received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Friendly Fire (1979) opposite Carol Burnett, and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Family Channel's Last Train Home (1989). Other notable credits include The Wool Cap (2004), The Execution of Private Slovik (1974), A Woman Called Golda (1982), Pray TV (1982), the miniseries Robert Kennedy and His Times (1985), Lockerbie: A Night Remembered (1998) and T Bone N Weasel (1992). He also had a recurring role on Roseanne (1988) and performed musically on television specials for Dolly Parton and The Smothers Brothers.

In 2001, Beatty returned to his theatrical roots starring in London's West End revival production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with Brendan Fraser. He also appeared in the production on Broadway in 2003/2004 with Jason Patric and Ashley Judd. In 2006, Beatty completed three features to be released next year: The Walker (2007); a Paul Schrader film also starring Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Lily Tomlin; Paramount's Shooter (2007) starring Mark Wahlberg; and Charlie Wilson's War (2007), a Mike Nichols film with Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts. Blessed with eight children, Beatty enjoys golf and playing the bass guitar. He gives himself until the age of 70 to become proficient at both.

Also in the 21st century, Beatty turned out a terrific performance in the popular Where the Red Fern Grows (2003).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44 and Gabe Lang

Spouse (4)

Sandra Johnson (20 November 1999 - present)
Tinker Lindsay (28 June 1979 - 2 March 1998) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Belinda Beatty (26 April 1971 - 17 May 1979) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Walta Drummond Chandler (2 April 1961 - 20 November 1970) ( divorced) ( 4 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Often plays charismatic villains

Trivia (18)

He was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role of 2001 for his performance in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Lyric Theatre in London.
He and his wife Sandra Johnson were building a home in northern Minnesota near her family (2004).
His son (from his first marriage) Charles Beatty works as a grip in Hollywood, mostly on commercials.
He made guest appearances on both of the longest running prime time dramas in United States television history: Gunsmoke (1955) and Law & Order (1990).
He appeared with Clifton James in four films: The Deadly Tower (1975), Silver Streak (1976), Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) and Superman II (1980).
He appeared with Burt Reynolds in six films: Deliverance (1972), White Lightning (1973), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), Stroker Ace (1983), Switching Channels (1988) and Physical Evidence (1989).
He appeared with Christopher Reeve in four films: Gray Lady Down (1978), Superman (1978), Superman II (1980) and Switching Channels (1988).
He appeared in five movies that have been nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award: Deliverance (1972), Nashville (1975), All the President's Men (1976), Network (1976) and Toy Story 3 (2010).
He appeared in the two Oscar winning scripts of 1976: in Network (1976), which won as Best Original Screenplay, and in All the President's Men (1976), which won as Best Adapted Screenplay.
He appeared in two films with the word "Toy" in the title: The Toy (1982) and Toy Story 3 (2010).
Beatty was offered the role of John Doe in Se7en (1995) but rejected because the script was pure evil.
Father, with Tinker Lindsay, of Thomas Beatty & Dorothy Beatty.
He was awarded the 1997 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Lead Actor in a Musical for "Show Boat" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Born six days before Bill Cosby.
One of the few actors whose work can connect three, unrelated protagonists from separate studios AND link back full circle: 'Superman' (1978), 'RoboCop' (1988) and 'The Terminator' (1984). Played in "Superman", which his "Deliverance" co-star Burt Reynolds turned down the lead role. Ronny Cox (who also co-started with Beatty) in "Deliverance" played the antagonist in "RoboCop". Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for that lead role and later went on to act in "Total Recall" (1990) with Cox. Richard Pryor acted in both "The Toy" (1982) and "Superman III" (1983); Beatty was in the former, not latter film. Jackie Gleason (who co-starred in 'The Toy') also played a supporting role with Burt Reynolds in the "Smokey and the Bandit" franchise, as Reynolds was originally to be cast as Superman/Clark Kent. Finally, Ned Beatty also acted in "Shooter" which, by extension, links him indirectly to the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1990) universe. Actor Elias Koteas was in both movies. Mark Wahlberg (who was also casted in "Shooter") has brother Donnie Wahlberg who performed with pop group New Kids on the Block, alongside the height of TMNT's popularity at the same time.
Father-in-law of Rebecca Fishman.
Father, with Belinda Beatty, of Jon Beatty & Blossom Beatty Pidduck.
He has appeared in five films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Deliverance (1972), Nashville (1975), All the President's Men (1976), Network (1976) and Superman (1978).

Personal Quotes (4)

[on John Huston] A wondrous man . . . it's not like talking to God, but it's so close!
[on Sweet Land (2005): We want to see a story about us, about people. Here's a girl who comes from Norway and gets all the way to Minnesota. She doesn't speak a word of English, just German, and people still hated Germans from the first World War. Talk about strength. She's traveled alone and far to marry a guy through an arrangement with his parents. You wonder at the strength for just that, much less what it takes to hold on once she gets there. This is about people you know. I love it. I love what it's about. One scene summarizes the delicious sense of the movie. It's where Olaf is sleeping in the barn, and Inge is sleeping in the house and there's a sense of tension between them because they are going here and there and trying to get married, but they can't. They get into an argument, and they are talking in German and Norwegian. I love that scene. I love the fact that we know exactly what they are talking about, even though I don't speak any Norwegian or German.The performances are wonderful. The acting is as good as anything I've ever been in. I am proud. The two leads are good, boy, they are good. I think when people see this movie, they won't have seen anybody like her [Elizabeth Reaser] in quite some time.
I want to see the writers strike, God bless them. They are the only true commies we have in Hollywood.
[on the creation of the "squeal like a pig" scene in Deliverance (1972)] Bill McKinney and I and the director [John Boorman] were both throwing stuff in the pot and that's where all that stuff came from. The way he caught me when I ran, it was scripted. It was just the way I gave in to what the situation was. I made myself available to whatever he wanted to do to me. But [Boorman] didn't believe that. He thought, "Well, aren't you gonna try to do something?". So what he really wanted was for me to run, and when I ran, I remembered how we were dealing with the situation of big boar hogs and how this older man would have to grab this one of the back legs, and I would have to hit it with the tackle and roll up on top of it and put the rope around the legs. All this was going and that's where we came to the squealing of the pig thing. I must tell you that most of the people that were on the film did not want us to do the scene. But the scene was important.

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