Oscar nominee Ned Beatty, known for his roles in films like Network and Superman,
has died at 83. Beatty passed away Sunday morning in his sleep surrounded by family,
a representative for the actor says His death was not COVID-related and his family
is keeping other details private at this time
Among his many roles, Ned Beatty will be long remembered for his role in the1976
film Network, in which he played Arthur Jensen.
The role earned him a best supporting actor nomination at the Oscars that year despite
only appearing on screen a handful of times in the film.
Born in 1937, his earliest role was Bobby Trippe in Deliverance in 1972 alongside
Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds. The film followed a group of friends on a perilous
canoeing trip in the American back-country as they journey to the Cahulawassee River.
Some of his other notable roles include Superman and Superman II as Otis in 1980
and TV series Szysznyk, Homicide: Life on the Street as Det. Stanley
‘The Big Man’ Bolander, The Rockford Files, and the comedy Roseanne.
He also lent his voice to the animation Toy Story 3 in 2010, playing the bear Lotso, who
turns out to be a villain.
His other more recent roles include Baggage Claim in 2013 and Rango 2011.
Beatty is survived by his wife Sandra Johnson, and his eight children and grandchildren.