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Ned Beatty

Stocky, genial-looking supporting actor Ned Beatty was once hailed by Daily Variety as the "busiest actor in Hollywood". Ned Thomas Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Margaret (Fortney) and Charles William Beatty. He grew up fishing and working on farms. His hometown of St. Matthews, Kentucky, is hardly the environment to encourage a ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Toy Story 3
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Rango Mayor
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 2013 Go On (TV Series)
Coach Spence
- Go Deep (2013) ... Coach Spence
 2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Dr. David Lowry
- Sweet Jane (2007) ... Dr. David Lowry
 2004 The Wool Cap (TV Movie)
Gigot's Father
 2002 Roughing It (TV Movie)
 2001 I Was a Rat (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (2001) ... Mudduck
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... Mudduck
- Episode #1.1 (2001) ... Mudduck
 2000 The Wilgus Stories (TV Movie)
Fat Monroe
 1999 Hard Time: Hostage Hotel (TV Movie)
Tony (unconfirmed)
 1996 Crazy Horse (TV Movie)
Dr. McGillicuddy
 1996 Gulliver's Travels (TV Mini-Series)
Farmer Grultrud
 1995 The Affair (TV Movie)
Col. Banning
 1993 The Golden Palace (TV Series)
Tad Hollingsworth
- Tad (1993) ... Tad Hollingsworth
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Dennis Hanks (voice)
 1992 T Bone N Weasel (TV Movie)
Doc Tatum
 1992/I Illusions (TV Movie)
George Willoughby
 1992 Trial: The Price of Passion (TV Movie)
Scoot Shepard
 1991 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Frederic Remington
- Frederic Remington: The Truth of Other Days (1991) ... Frederic Remington (voice)
 1990 The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story (TV Movie documentary)
Edward C. Acker
 1990 Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (TV Movie)
The Duke of Bridgewater
 1990 It's Garry Shandling's Show. (TV Series)
Ned Beatty
- The Wedding Show (1990) ... Ned Beatty
 1989 Spy (TV Movie)
Thomas Ludlow
 1989 Last Train Home (TV Movie)
Cornelius van Horne
 1989 B.L. Stryker (TV Series)
- The King of Jazz (1989)
 1989 Saturday Night with Connie Chung (TV Series)
Gov. Edmund G. Brown
- The Caryl Chessman Story (1989) ... Gov. Edmund G. Brown
 1988 Go Toward the Light (TV Movie)
 1987 Dolly (TV Series)
John Pacer
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... John Pacer
 1987 The Haunting of Barney Palmer (TV Movie)
Cole Scholar
 1985-1986 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Bill Cassidy / Willy The Waver / Melvin Rich
- That's Our Dad (1986) ... Bill Cassidy
- The Banker and the Bum (1985) ... Willy The Waver / Melvin Rich
 1985 Hostage Flight (TV Movie)
Art Hofstadter
 1985 Konrad (TV Movie)
Mr. Thomas
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Larry Broome (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
- Pilot (1985) ... Larry Broome (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
 1985 Answers (TV Movie)
Senator William Blaine (segment "The Constituent")
 1984 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Chief Roy Gunderson
- The Murder of Sherlock Holmes (1984) ... Chief Roy Gunderson
 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 3 (1984) ... Diomed
- Part 2 (1984) ... Diomed
- Part 1 (1984) ... Diomed
 1984 Celebrity (TV Mini-Series)
Otto Leo
- Part 2 (1984) ... Otto Leo
- Part 3 (1984) ... Otto Leo
- Part 1 (1984) ... Otto Leo
 1983 Kentucky Woman (TV Movie)
Luke Telford
 1982 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
The King
- Rumpelstiltskin (1982) ... The King
 1982 A Woman Called Golda (TV Movie)
Sen. Durward
 1982 Pray TV (TV Movie)
Rev. Freddy Stone
 1981 All the Way Home (TV Movie)
Ralph Follet
 1981 The Violation of Sarah McDavid (TV Movie)
Dr. Walter Keys
 1980 All God's Children (TV Movie)
Mike Naponic
 1979 Friendly Fire (TV Movie)
Gene Mullen
 1978 A Question of Love (TV Movie)
Dwayne Stabler
 1977 Visions (TV Series)
Anglo Coyote / Pinky
- Alambrista! (1977) ... Anglo Coyote
- The Gardener's Son (1977) ... Pinky
 1977 Our Town (TV Movie)
Dr. Gibbs
 1977 Lucan (TV Series)
Larry MacElwaine
- Pilot (1977) ... Larry MacElwaine
 1977 Nashville 99 (TV Series)
Randy Blair
- Sing Me a Song to Die By (1977) ... Randy Blair
 1977 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Eddie Boggs
- Hang Tough (1977) ... Eddie Boggs
 1977 Tail Gunner Joe (TV Movie)
 1977 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
John McClaskey
- The Final Chapter (1977) ... John McClaskey
 1974-1976 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Leon Fielder / Al Brennan
- Return to the 38th Parallel (1976) ... Al Brennan
 1976 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
Big Henry
- Big Henry and the Polka Dot Kid (1976) ... Big Henry
 1976 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Keith Caldwell
- Oldest Profession - Latest Price (1976) ... Keith Caldwell
 1976 Hunter (TV Series)
Lt. Kluba
- Hunter (1976) ... Lt. Kluba
 1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
Frank Forest
- Shadow of a Man (1975) ... Frank Forest
 1975 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Col. Hollister
- Dear Peggy (1975) ... Col. Hollister
 1975 The Deadly Tower (TV Movie)
Allan Crum
 1975 Petrocelli (TV Series)
- Death Ride (1975) ... Gage
 1975 Lucas Tanner (TV Series)
Harold Ogden
- A Touch of Bribery (1975) ... Harold Ogden
 1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (TV Movie)
Ollie Thompson
 1975 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
- The Hiders (1975) ... Karp
 1974 The Execution of Private Slovik (TV Movie)
Father Stafford
 1973 Dying Room Only (TV Movie)
Tom King
 1973 Kojak (TV Series)
Det. Dan Corrigan
- The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) ... Det. Dan Corrigan
 1973 The Waltons (TV Series)
Curtis Norton
- The Bicycle (1973) ... Curtis Norton
 1972 Footsteps (TV Movie)
Frank Powell
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(January 7 to February 7, 1965) He acted in Louis O. Coxe and Robert Chapman adaptation of Herman Melville's novel, "Billy Budd," at The Arena Stage Theatre in Washington D.C. with Tom Ligon (Billy Budd), Robert Prosky, Rene Auberjonois, Byrne Piven, George Ebeling, Ronny Cox, Anthony Zerbe, Richard McKenzie, Mel Zimmer, John ... See more »

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[on the creation of the "squeal like a pig" scene in Deliverance (1972)] Bill McKinney and I and the director [John Boorman] were both throwing stuff in the pot and that's where all that stuff came from. The way he caught me when I ran, it was scripted. It was just the way I gave in to what the situation was. I made myself available to whatever he wanted to do to me. But [Boorman] didn't believe ... See more »


He appeared with Clifton James in four films: The Deadly Tower (1975), Silver Streak (1976), Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) and Superman II (1980). See more »


Often plays charismatic villains


The busiest actor in Hollywood

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