3:28 PM PT — Ned’s manager told us … his client died of natural causes at about 7:30 this morning, surrounded by friends and loved ones.
Ned Beatty — a veteran character actor best known for his work in iconic films like “Superman,” “Network” and many more — has passed away… TMZ has learned.
A family member tells TMZ…Ned died in his sleep on Sunday while he was surrounded by family at his home. No other details regarding the exact circumstances of his death were immediately available – however, we are told that his demise is not related to COVID.
The man has appeared in a variety of different films and even bigger roles in his career spanning over five decades… Gave us memorable characters and even better performances. He will probably be remembered for his extraordinary monologue in 1976’s “Network”, in which he played a TV/communications chief who tries to convince the protagonists to stop opposing a major merger deal that will hit the public. will have an adverse effect on
It’s an epic 5 to 6 minute speech that he gives to the fictional truthful, Howard Beale – Beattie is one of the only times to appear on screen in this flick, BTW – … and it earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination Earned an Oscar that year. How great is this.
Beatty had several other unforgettable movie moments—notably, as the bumbling sidekick. Gene HackmanLex Luthor, Otis, in the 1978 version of “Superman”, in which he completely changed the script from serious to comic … which he continued for the sequel. In other words, Beatty had incredible range—and flexed it frequently in his acting.
Other notable 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” ,” “Nashville,” “Big Easy,” “Toy,” “1941,” “Captain America,” “Rudy,” “White Lightning,” “Prelude to a Kiss,” “Back to School,” “Hear My Song” ,” “Restless Natives,” “Life,” “Shooter,” “Charlie Wilson’s War” and even “Rango,” as well as a few voice acting roles in “Toy Story 3,” in which she played Lotto. Played the role of … Wicked Pink Bear.
Ned appeared in several big hit TV shows as well as “Law & Order,” “Roseanne,” “The Boys,” “Highway to Heaven,” “American Playhouse,” “Szczyk,” “The Rockford.” Files,” “M*A*S*H*,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “CSI,” “Murder, She Wrote” and countless others.
He is survived by his wife, sandra johnson, and their eight children and grandchildren. Ned was 83 years old.
Originally Published — 2:58PM PT