Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty

Beatty in 2006
Born Ned Thomas Beatty
(1937-07-06) July 6, 1937
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Residence Karlstad, Minnesota, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Transylvania University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956–present
Home town Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Spouse(s) Walta Chandler (m. 1959–68)
Belinia Rowley (m. 1971–79)
Dorothy "Tinker" Lindsey (m. 1979–98)
Sandra Johnson (m. 1999)
Children 8
Awards Drama Desk Award (2004)

Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) 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) and Superman II (1980), as a millionaire's right-hand man in The Toy (1982), Borisov and Pavel Petrovic 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), United States 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).

Early life

Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Margaret (née Fortney; April 26, 1907 – January 29, 1991) and Charles William Beatty (August 8, 1907 – October 27, 1952).[1] He has a sister, Mary Margaret. In 1947, young Ned began singing in gospel and barbershop quartets in St. Matthews, Kentucky, and 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.[2]

In 1956, he made his stage debut at age 19, appearing in Wilderness Road, an outdoor-historical pageant located in Berea, Kentucky. During his first ten years of theater, he worked at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, the State Theatre of Virginia. Returning to Kentucky, he worked in the Louisville area through the mid-1960s, at the Clarksville Little Theater (Indiana) and the newly founded Actors Theater of Louisville. His time at the latter included a run as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in 1966.



Ned Beatty with Susan Lanier and Olivia Cole from the short-lived television program Szysznyk in 1977.

In 1972, Beatty made his film debut as Bobby Trippe in Deliverance (1972), starring Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds, and set in northern Georgia. Beatty's character is forced to strip at gunpoint in front of two mountain men, who humiliate and rape him, a scene so unprecedented, horrifying and shocking that it is still referenced as a screen milestone.[3] In 1972, he also appeared in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, a western with Paul Newman.

In 1973, Beatty made The Thief Who Came to Dinner, The Last American Hero and White Lightning. The latter film reunited Beatty with his Deliverance co-star, Burt Reynolds. He also appeared in an episode of the TV series The Waltons that year, as well as the TV-movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders, the pilot for the series Kojak. The next year, in 1974, he appeared in the television miniseries The Execution of Private Slovik (1974). In 1975, he made W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings and Nashville, as well as appearing as Colonel Hollister in the 1975 M*A*S*H episode, "Dear Peg". He appeared in the NBC-TV movie Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan as Deputy Sheriff Ollie Thompson (1975). Ned also made an appearance on Gunsmoke in "The Hiders" episode in 1975.

Beatty received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor category for the acclaimed film Network (1976), portraying a television network's bombastic chairman of the board. Neither he nor William Holden, who shared the lead role with Peter Finch, won an Oscar. The other three acting awards besides best supporting actor 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 All the President's Men, The Big Bus, Silver Streak and Mikey and Nicky. In 1977, he returned to work with John Boorman in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), starring Linda Blair, and appeared in "The Final Chapter", the first episode of the television series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected.[4] During 1977-78, he starred in the sitcom Szysznyk on CBS.

In 1978, Beatty appeared in Gray Lady Down (1978), a drama aboard a submarine starring Charlton Heston. He was cast by Richard Donner to portray Lex Luthor's inept henchman Otis in Superman: The Movie (1978), as he would in the 1980 sequel, where we see his character being left behind in prison. He 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 1979, he was seen in Wise Blood, directed by John Huston, and 1941, directed by Steven Spielberg.


In 1980, Beatty appeared in Ronald Neame's 1980 American film Hopscotch (1980) with Walter Matthau. In 1981, Beatty appeared in the comedy/science fiction film The Incredible Shrinking Woman, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Lily Tomlin. In 1982, Beatty returned to work with Richard Donner and Richard Pryor in the comedy The Toy. Beatty worked with Burt Reynolds again in the auto-racing farce Stroker Ace (1983).

In the middle of the 1980s, Beatty appeared in the comedy film Restless Natives (1985), directed by Michael Hoffman. By the end of the 1980s, Beatty appeared in another comedy film, as the academic "dean Martin" in Back to School (1986), starring Rodney Dangerfield. He played a corrupt cop in the 1987 American neo-noir crime film The Big Easy, directed by Jim McBride and starring Dennis Quaid, and continued with a spy drama, 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, reunited with Burt Reynolds and Christopher Reeve for the 1988 comedy film Switching Channels, his fifth time in a movie with Reynolds. He appeared in Purple People Eater (1988), portraying a simple grandfather. In 1989, Beatty made Chattahoochee, portraying Dr. Harwood. He had a recurring role as the father of John Goodman's character Dan Conner on the TV comedy series Roseanne (1989–94).


Beatty at the 1990 Annual Emmy Awards

Entering the 1990s, Beatty got his third nomination for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special category for Last Train Home (1990). A year later, he appeared in the British film Hear My Song (1991), in which he portrayed 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), a spoof of The Exorcist. He appeared in the Marvel Comics superhero adventure Captain America (1990). He portrayed the father of the bride in Prelude to a Kiss (1992), opposite Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin. In 1993, he appeared in the true story Rudy, playing a Notre Dame Fighting Irish football fan whose son, against all odds, makes the school's football team. Beatty starred in the television series Homicide: Life on the Street as Detective Stanley Bolander for its first three seasons (1993–1995).

Beatty made the 1994 science-fiction film Replikator (1994) and mystery-comedy Radioland Murders. In 1995, he worked with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne in the thriller Just Cause. He appeared as Judge Roy Bean in the TV miniseries adaptation of Larry McMurtry's western novel Streets of Laredo (1995). He appeared in a 1998 sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, He Got Game. In 1999, Beatty returned to work with Cookie's Fortune, Life, and Spring Forward.


In the beginning of the 2000s, he 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. In 2003, he portrayed a simple sheriff in Where the Red Fern Grows.

Beatty has also had a career as a stage actor, including a run in the London production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Brendan Fraser and Frances O'Connor, which won a Drama Desk Award.

In the middle of the 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. In March 2006, Beatty received the RiverRun International Film Festival's "Master of Cinema" Award (the highest honor of the festival), in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

By the end of the 2000s, Beatty portrayed a corrupt U.S. Senator 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; in a drama film written and directed by Paul Schrader, The Walker (2007), and as the honorable U.S. Congressman Doc Long in the true story Charlie Wilson's War (2007), with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, directed by Mike Nichols. He also 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,[5] 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. He appeared briefly in the film Funny Guy and in the film Rampart (2011), opposite Woody Harrelson, which is set in 1999 Los Angeles. Beatty also appeared at the sitcom television series Go On (2013), opposite Matthew Perry, portraying Coach Spence in episode 16.

Beatty's next film was The Big Ask (2013), a dark comedy about three couples who head to the desert to help their friend heal after the death of his mother. The film featured Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton, David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynskey, Ahna O'Reilly and Jason Ritter, and was directed by his son Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman. His other next movie was Baggage Claim (2013), an American comedy film directed by David E. Talbert and written by Talbert based on his book of the same name, opposite Paula Patton, Adam Brody, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Christina Milian and Derek Luke.

Personal life

Beatty has been married four times. His first wife was Walta Chandler; they were married from 1959 until 1968 (before Beatty became an actor) 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 is Sandra Johnson; they married November 20, 1999, and reside in California. They also maintain a residence in Karlstad, Minnesota.

On June 29, 2012, Beatty attended a 40th anniversary screening of Deliverance at Warner Bros., with Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Jon Voight.[6][7]

Beatty is not related to fellow actor Warren Beatty, who is three months older.



Year Title Role Notes
1972 Deliverance Bobby Trippe
1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Tector Crites
Jackson gang member
Jersey Lily bartender
1973 The Thief Who Came to Dinner Deams
1973 The Last American Hero Hackel
1973 White Lightning Sheriff JC Connors
1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings Country Bull
1975 Nashville Delbert Reese
1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan Ollie Thompson
1976 All the President's Men Dardis
1976 The Big Bus Shorty Scotty
1976 Network Arthur Jensen Nominated Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1976 Silver Streak Bob Sweet
1976 Mikey and Nicky Kinney
1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic Edwards
1978 Gray Lady Down Mickey
1978 The Great Bank Hoax Julius Taggart
1978 Superman Otis
1979 Promises in the Dark Bud Koenig
1979 Wise Blood Hoover Shoates
1979 1941 Ward Douglas
1980 The American Success Company Mr. Elliott
1980 Hopscotch Myerson
1980 Superman II Otis
1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman Dan Beame
1982 The Toy Sydney Morehouse
1983 Stroker Ace Clyde Torkle
1983 Touched Herbie
1985 Highway to Heaven
1985 Willy The Waver & Melvin Rich
1985 Restless Natives Bender
1986 Back to School Dean David Martin
1986 Bill Cassidy
1985 The Banker and the Bum
1986 That's Our Dad
1987 The Big Easy Jack Kellom
1987 The Fourth Protocol Borisov
Pavel Petrovic
1987 Rolling Vengeance Tiny Doyle
1987 The Trouble with Spies Harry Lewis
1988 Shadows in the Storm Thelonious Pitt
1988 Switching Channels Roy Ridnitz
1988 Go Toward the Light George
1988 The Unholy Lt. Stern
1988 Midnight Crossing Ellis
1988 After the Rain Kozen
1988 Purple People Eater Grandpa
1989 Time Trackers Harry Orth
1989 Physical Evidence James Nicks
1989 Tennessee Nights Charlie Kiefer
1989 Chattahoochee Dr. Harwood
1989 Ministry of Vengeance Rev. Bloor
1990 Going Under Admiral Malice
1990 Big Bad John Charlie
1990 Angel Square Officer Ozzie O'Driscoll
1990 A Cry in the Wild Pilot Jake Holcomb
1990 Repossessed Ernest Weller
1990 Fat Monroe Fat Monroe Short film
1990 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
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Dr. Boyle
1993 Warren Oates: Across the Border Narrator Documentary
1993 Rudy Daniel Ruettiger, Sr.
1993 Ed and His Dead Mother Uncle Benny
1994 Replikator Insp. Victor Valiant
1994 The Outlaws: Legend of O.B. Taggart Unknown
1994 Radioland Murders General Walt Whalen
1995 The Affair Col. Banning
1995 Just Cause McNair
1997 The Curse of Inferno Moles Huddenel
1998 He Got Game Warden Wyatt
1999 Cookie's Fortune Lester Boyle
1999 Life Dexter Wilkins
1999 Spring Forward Murph
2000 Homicide: The Movie Det. Stanley "The Big Man" Bolander
2002 This Beautiful Life Bum
2002 Thunderpants Gen. Ed Sheppard
2003 Where the Red Fern Grows Sheriff
2004 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Daddy Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
2005 Sweet Land Harmo
2007 Shooter Senator Charles F. Meachum
2007 The Walker Jack Delorean
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Clarence "Doc" Long
2009 In the Electric Mist Twinky LeMoyne
2010 The Killer Inside Me Chester Conway
2010 Toy Story 3 Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear Voice
IGN Award for Favorite Villain[8]
Nominated—IGN Movie Award for Best Ensemble Cast[9]
Nominated MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
2011 Rango Tortoise John Voice
2011 Rampart Hartshorn
2013 The Big Ask Old Man Carl
2013 Baggage Claim Mr. Donaldson


Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Waltons Curtis Norton Episode: "The Bicycle"
1973 Dying Room Only Tom King
1974 Rockford Files Leon Fielding Episodes: "Profit and Loss Part 1"
"Profit and Loss Part 2"
1974 The Execution of Private Slovik Father Stafford
1975 The Deadly Tower Allan Crum
1975 M*A*S*H Colonel Hollister Episode: "Dear Peggy"
1975 Gunsmoke Karp Episode: "The Hiders"
1976 Hunter Unaired pilot for 1977 series
1977 Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected
(United Kingdom title Twist in the Tale)
McClaskey Episode "The Final Chapter"
1977 Alambrista! Anglo Coyote
1977–1978 Szysznyk Nick Szysznyk
1979 Friendly Fire Gene Mullen Nominated Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Congressman Leo Ryan
1982 A Woman Called Golda Senator Durward
1982 Rumpelstiltskin The King
1983 Kentucky Woman Luke Telford
1984 The Last Days of Pompeii Diomed
1984 The Haunting of Barney Palmer Cole Scholar
1984 Murder, She Wrote Chief Roy Gunderson Pilot Episode: "The Murder Of Sherlock Holmes"
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Incident In A Small Jail"
1986 Highway To Heaven Bill Cassidy
1989–1994 Roseanne Ed Conner
1990 Last Train Home Cornelius van Horne Nominated Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
1993 The Golden Palace Tad Hollingsworth
1993–1995 Homicide: Life on the Street Stanley Bolander
1995 Streets of Laredo Judge Roy Bean
1996 Crazy Horse Dr. McGillicuddy
1996 Gulliver's Travels Farmer Grultrud
1999 Hard Time: Hostage Hotel Tony
2000 The Wilgus Stories Fat Monroe
2000 Homicide: The Movie Stanley Bolander
2001 I Was a Rat Mudduck
2002 Roughing It Slade
2004 The Wool Cap Gigot's father
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. David Lowry Episode: "Sweet Jane"[10]
2008 Law and Order Judge Episode: "Zero"
2013 Go On Coach Spence


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).

He won a Drama Desk Award for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2004) in Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play category, along with Brendan Fraser and Frances O'Connor.


Drama Desk Award


Academy Award

Emmy Award

Golden Globe Award

MTV Movie Award

See also


  1. "Ned Beatty Biography at". Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  2. "Ned Beatty Biography at". 1937-07-06. Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  3. The 25 Most Shocking Moments in Movie History,; accessed April 25, 2015.
  4. "Classic Television Archive: Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977)". Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  5. "Sundance '10: 'The Killer Inside Me' One Sheet, Stills". BloodyDisgusting.
  6. "Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty talk DELIVERANCE on the 40th Anniversary". 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  7. Adam PockrossJuly 3, 2012 (2012-07-03). "'Deliverance' at 40: Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox take us to the river". Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  8. "Favorite Villain – Lotso (Ned Beatty), Toy Story 3". Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  9. "2010 IGN Award for Best Ensemble Cast". IGN. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  10. "2007 Emmys CONFIRMED Episode Submissions". The Envelope Forum, Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
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