Ned Beatty Biography

Birthday: 1937-07-06
Place of Birth: Louisville, Kentucky USA
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: By: firehouse44 Mini Biography Once hailed by Daily Variety as the "busiest actor in Hollywood," Ned Beatty grew up in Kentucky, fishing and working on farms. 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. Accomplished in film, stage, and television, 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, DC. 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 Deliverance (1972). This marked the beginning of his prolific movie career, with films including Silver Streak (1976), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), Network (1976) -- for which he received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor -- Nashville (1975), Superman (1978), and Superman II (1980), The Toy (1982), All the President's Men (1976), Wise Blood (1979), Rudy (1993), The Big Easy (1986), Spring Forward (1999), Hear My Song (1991) -- for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor -- Prelude to a Kiss (1992), Just Cause (1995), 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), Gulliver's Travels (1996) (TV), "Streets of Laredo" (1995), "The Boys" (1993), "The Last Days of Pompeii" (1984) with Laurence Olivier. Beatty received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Friendly Fire (1979) (TV) opposite Carol Burnett, and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Family Channel's Last Train Home (1990) (TV). Other notable credits include The Wool Cap (2004) (TV), The Execution of Private Slovik (1974) (TV), A Woman Called Golda (1982) (TV), Pray TV (1982) (TV), the miniseries "Robert Kennedy & His Times" (1985), Lockerbie: A Night Remembered (1998) (TV), and T Bone N Weasel (1992) (TV). 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/I) 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.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Visions Anglo Coyote / ... 1976 - 1980
The Big Easy 1986 Action
Superman Otis 1988 Action
The Boys (1993) Herbert Francis 'Bert' Greenblatt 1993 - 1993
I Was a Rat Mudduck 2001 Drama
Just Cause 2002 - 2003 Crime
Life Dexter Wilkins 2008 - 2009 Comedy
Rango Mayor 2011 Animation
Nashville 2018 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Deliverance Bobby 1972 0, 0
White Lightning Sheriff J.C. Connors 1973 Comedy, 0
The Thief Who Came to Dinner 1973 Comedy, Romance
The Last American Hero 1973 Drama, Sport
The Execution of Private Slovik 1974 Drama
Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan 1975 Drama
Nashville 1975 Drama, Music
Silver Streak 1976 0, Comedy, Biography, Game Show
The Big Bus 1976 Comedy, Action
Network Arthur Jensen 1976 Drama
Mikey and Nicky 1976 Drama
Tail Gunner Joe 1977 Drama
Exorcist II: The Heretic Edwards 1977 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Gray Lady Down 1978
Superman Otis 1978 0, 0, Sport
Friendly Fire 1979 Drama
Wise Blood 1980 Comedy, Drama
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Rep. Leo Ryan 1980 Drama
Hopscotch 1980 Adventure, Comedy
The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 Sci Fi, Comedy, Fantasy
Superman II Otis 1981 Action, Sci Fi
The Toy Mr. Morehouse 1982 0
A Woman Called Golda 1982 Drama, History
Stroker Ace Clyde Torkle 1983 Action, Comedy, Romance
The Big Easy 1986 0, 0, Comedy, Game Show
Restless Natives 1986 Comedy, Crime
The Fourth Protocol 1987 Thriller
Rolling Vengeance Tiny Doyle 1987 Action, Drama
Walker Jack Delorean 1987
The Trouble with Spies Harry Lewis 1987 Comedy
Switching Channels Roy Ridnitz 1988 0
The Unholy Lt. Stern 1988
Ministry of Vengeance Rev. Bloor 1989 Game Show
Physical Evidence James Nicks 1989 Crime, Thriller
Time Trackers Harry Orth 1989 Action, Adventure
Midnight Crossing Ellis 1989 Mystery, Thriller
Big Bad John Charlie Mitchelle 1990 Action, Drama
Shadows in the Storm Thelonious Pitt 1990 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Chattahoochee 1990 Drama
A Cry in the Wild Pilot 1990 Action, Adventure, Thriller
Repossessed Ernest Weller 1990 Comedy, Horror
Angel Square 1991
The Comic Book Christmas Caper Officer Ozzie O'Driscoll / Santa Claus 1991 Family, Adventure, Crime
Tennessee Waltz Charlie Kiefer 1991 Thriller, Drama
Captain America Sam Kolawetz 1992
Blind Vision Sgt. Logan 1992 Thriller
Prelude to a Kiss 1992 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Rudy Daniel Ruettiger 1993
Ed and His Dead Mother Uncle Benny 1993 0
Replikator Insp. Victor Valiant 1994 Comedy
Radioland Murders General Walt Whalen 1994 Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Just Cause 1995 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Crazy Horse 1996 Drama
He Got Game 1998 Drama, Sport
Spring Forward 2000
Thunderpants 2002 Comedy, Family
Where the Red Fern Grows Sheriff Abe McConnell 2003 Drama
The Wool Cap 2004 Drama
Sweet Land Harmo 2005 Biography
Going Under 2006
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Otis 2006
Shooter Senator Charles F. Meachum 2007 Comedy, 0, 0
The Walker Jack Delorean 2007
Charlie Wilson's War Doc Long 2007
In the Electric Mist Twinky LeMoyne 2009 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Toy Story 3 Lotso 2010 Drama, 0
The Killer Inside Me Chester Conway 2010 Game Show, Comedy
Rango Mayor 2011 0, Drama, 0, 0
Teddy Bears Old Man Carl 2013 Comedy, Drama
Life Dexter Wilkins 2017 Game Show, Sport, Reality Tv, 0