'Network' & 'Superman' Actor Ned Beatty Dead at 83

'Network' & 'Superman' Actor Ned Beatty Dead at 83

6/14/2021 1:12:00 AM

'Network' & 'Superman' Actor Ned Beatty Dead at 83

The legendary actor had 166 acting credits to his name.

3:28 PM PT-- Ned's manager tells us ... her client died around 7:30 AM this morning of natural causes, surrounded by friends and loved ones.Ned Beatty-- a veteran character actor, famous for his work in"Superman,""Network" and several other iconic films -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

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A family member tells TMZ ... Ned passed away in his sleep Sunday while surrounded by family at his home. No other details surrounding the exact circumstances of his death were immediately available -- however, we've been told his passing is NOT COVID-related.

The guy has appeared in a variety of different movies and an even bigger variety of roles over his five-decade-plus career ... giving us memorable characters and even better performances. He'll perhaps best be remembered for his standout monologue in 1976's"Network," in which he played a TV/communications chief, who tries convincing the protagonist to stop resisting a major merger deal that will adversely affect the masses. headtopics.com

It's an epic 5 to 6-minute speech he gives to the fictional truthteller, Howard Beale -- one of the only times Beatty appeared on screen in this flick, BTW -- ... and it earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Oscars that year. That's how great it is.

Beatty had scores of other unforgettable movie moments -- notably, as the bumbling sidekick toGene Hackman's Lex Luthor, Otis, in the 1978 version of"Superman" in which he completely flipped the script from serious to comedic ... which he carried on for the sequel too. In other words, Beatty had incredible range -- and flexed it often in his acting.

Other remarkable film credits include ..."Deliverance," -- infamous for its"Squeal like a pig" rape scene, of which Beatty was the onscreen victim --"Friendly Fire,""All the President's Men,""Silver Streak,""Back to School,""Nashville,""The Big Easy,""The Toy,""1941,""Captain America,""Rudy,""White Lightning,""Prelude to a Kiss,""Hear My Song,""Restless Natives,""Life,""Shooter,""Charlie Wilson's War" and even a couple voice acting roles in"Rango" as well as"Toy Story 3," in which he played Lotso ... the evil pink bear.

Ned had appeared in several big hit TV shows as well through the years, such as"Law & Order,""Roseanne,""The Boys,""Highway to Heaven,""American Playhouse,""Szysznyk,""The Rockford Files,""M*A*S*H*,""Homicide: Life on the Street," 'CSI,'"Murder, She Wrote" and countless others. headtopics.com

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He's survived by his wife,Sandra Johnson, and his eight children and grandchildren. Ned was 83. Read more: TMZ »

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Rest easy Mr B 💚🙏 Don't forget deliverance. Patrick_Reusse 'Look what they did to Bobby' Loved him in Deliverance. R.I.P. Wow, what a loss, really good actor. RIP. Great actor! Only just went on a Beatty binge last week. One of my childhood faves 🙏🏻😢 Loved him in Switching Channels with Kathleen Turner Christopher Reeves and Burt Reynolds

And Deliverance.

Ned Beatty, Prolific ‘Superman’ and ‘Network’ Character Actor, Dies at 83Beloved character actor Ned Beatty, who made his film debut in 1972’s “Deliverance,” died June 13. He was 83 years old. Beatty’s management company confirmed to TheWrap he passed away Sunday. “Ned passed away from natural causes Sunday morning, surrounded by his family and loved ones. His family has decided to keep details private at this time. Ned was an iconic, legendary talent, as well as a dear friend, and he will be missed by us all,” Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller said in a statement pro No one squealed like Ned 😪😪😪😪😪😪😪 Goodbye.

I met him a long time ago, very nice man... Wow RIP. RIPNedBeatty Lotso ToyStory3 omg I thought he died last year. So sad. He was on my favorite show. He was great as Detective Stanley Bolander. Greatest line ever. Patrick_Reusse R. I. P. Wasn't he in All The Presidents Men

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Condolences and prayers to his Family 🙏🏾 Along with watching him in 'Superman' when I was a kid, I also loved him in 'Life' with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. RIPNedBeatty 🙏🏾 He was an amazing character actor in many films, one of my favorite that I haven’t seen anyone mention is Charlie Wilson’s War, a great movie with a phenomenal cast, he played his part so perfectly.

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Damn. He was on my bucket list of dad's to fuck. On his way to OTISBURG.😊 RIPNedBeatty Also Warren Betty’s father. Great character actor He played damn good bad guys. Very very sorry to hear. He was pretty damn good in Deliverance too... RIPNedBeatty I enjoy watching him on the Roseanne reruns. 😔 RIPNedBeatty .

May he rest in peace. One of my favorite

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Oh no! RIP NedBeatty🙏 RIP I hear a banjo playing in heaven R.I.P. One of the greats The best speech about neoliberalism ever given.

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😢 RIP to him and his purty mouth. Damn, Papaw and NedBeatty both died at 83. Whenever I think about retirement planning I always start with the assumption that I'll die when I'm 83. For me, retirement will hopefully be spent in or around Islamorada fishing. It's a dream, but it's mine. No one can take it.

Deliverance That's a caption isn't it ... DEAD at 83. I was just thinking yesterday about him and wondering if he had passed or was retired? He was a wonderful actor & man. RIP Ned Beatty. OMG!!! RIP ..📿📿🤲🤲🙏🙏🙏 RIP Damn. He wasn’t just good in everything he did. He was great and always memorable. This one hurts. RIP

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What a legend. He’ll always be Otis from Superman. Always loved that part where he wanted to name his town Otisville. Also was terrific in Homicide. Many other things as well. Even the villain on Toy Story 3. Will be missed. Great actor. Seems like he was in everything in the 80s TyWalker716 Wait. Ned Beatty was alive in 2021!?

ReelOneSite I loved him in Highway to Heaven todo 😭😭