Ned Thomas Beatty was an American actor. He was one of the top character actors in film, particularly during the 1970s, and appeared in more than 160 films. He was nominated for various awards like the Academy Award, Emmy Awards, MTV Movie Award, and many more. He was a very popular actor especially because of his outstanding and amazing performances in many films and television series, such as Network, Friendly Fire, Hear My Song, and our all-time favorite animated film Toy Story 3 where he was the voice of Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear in Toy Story 3. But unfortunately, he has recently passed away at the age of 83.
According to his manager, he has died of natural causes and at the time of his death he was surrounded by his family and loved ones at least this is one good thing as if he had passed away due to the coronavirus his family wouldn’t even be able to see him one last time which would be even more devastating. He had great a huge commercial success in roles such as executive Bobby Trippe in Deliverance in the year 1972, lawyer Delbert Reese in Nashville in the year 1975, investigator Martin Dardis in All the President’s Men in the year 1976, undercover federal agent Bob Sweet in Silver Streak in the year 1976, the priest, Father Edwards in Exorcist II: The Heretic in the year 1977, Lex Luthor’s bumbling henchman Otis in Superman in the year 1978 and even Superman II 1980, as a millionaire’s right-hand man in The Toy in the year 1982, and many more roles. His list of the number of movies and tv series he has played a role in is never-ending.
This news was very shattering for everyone who knew him including his fans all over the world. A lot of people tweeted and posted to pay their condolences to his family and even shared a piece of memory to remember him. Like writer David Simon, who worked with Ned on TV series Homicide: Life on the Street, said he would be watching “that gentle masterpiece again in his memory”. Comedian Patton Oswalt shared some of his old times and said Beatty had given “chilling, villainous turns” in 1973’s White Lightning and 1976’s Mikey and Nicky. He was also remembered by his Superman co-star Valerie Perrine, who said that ‘RIP Ned Beatty!! I’ve always had such fond memories of him. He brought so much to Otis and brought him to life like no other actor could have. He’s an unforgettable performer and his talent will be missed. I’ll see you in Otisberg one of these days! “Kiss mark” Miss Teschmacher!! #superman’. He was also remembered by Bill and Ted star Alex Winter who said he had been “one of the greats”, while Seth Rogen said his speech in Network had been “one of the greatest monologues ever”.
With his death, Hollywood did lose another great actor but there is nothing we can do about it after all death is inevitable and we all will leave this world one day. So right now we can pray for the wellbeing of ourselves and the ones we love and pay our respect and condolences to Ned’s family and always keep him alive in our minds and hearts.