Stocky, genial looking supporting actor born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, who has continually displayed his versatility in cinema since first appearing alongside Burt Reynolds being brutalized in the back woods nightmare of Deliverance (1972). Beatty and Reynolds struck up a friendship together, and Ned has since been cast by Burt in several other films together including White Lightning (1973), W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), and the abysmal Stroker Ace (1983).
Ned's talents were also noticed by others in Hollywood and he was cast in many key productions of the 1970s turning in stellar performance, including an Academy Award nomination of Best Supporting Actor for his role in Network (1976). Beatty was also marvelous in Nashville (1975), under fire from a crazed sniper in The Deadly Tower (1975) (TV), an undercover FBI man in the action/comedy Silver Streak (1976), as Lex Luthor's bumbling assistant, Otis, in the blockbuster Superman (1978)....and he returned again with Gene Hackman to play Otis and Lex Luthor again in Superman II (1980).
Beatty continued to remain busy throughout the 1980s with appearances in several big budget TV productions including "The Last Days of Pompeii" (1984). However, the overall caliber of the productions in general did not match up to those he had appeared in during the '70s. Nonetheless, Beatty still shone in films including The Big Easy (1986), _The Fourth Protocol (1987))_ )qv), and the delightful Hear My Song (1991). Into the 1990s, Beatty's work output swung between a mixture of roles in family orientated productions (Gulliver's Travels (1996) (TV), Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1990) (TV), etc.) taking advantage of his "fatherly" type looks, but he could still accentuate a hard edge, and additionally was cast in Radioland Murders (1994), the TV series "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993) and Just Cause (1995).
Most recently, Beatty turned out a terrific performance in the popular Where the Red Fern Grows (2003).
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.
|Sandra Johnson||(20 November 1999 - present)|
|Dorothy Tinker' Lindsey'||(28 June 1979 - March 1998) (divorced) 2 children|
|Belinda Beatty||(1971 - 17 May 1979) (divorced) 2 children|
|Walta Abbott||(1959 - 1968) (divorced) 4 children|
Often plays charismatic villains
He is of no relation to 'Warren Beatty' (or Warren's sister, Shirley MacLaine), whose birthnames were actually Beaty (without the second T).
He was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role of 2001 for his performance in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Lyric Theatre in London.
He and wife Sandra are building a home in Northern Minnesota near her family. 
Son (from first marriage) Charles Beatty works as a grip in Hollywood, mostly on commercials.
[Talking about director John Huston]: A wondrous man ... it's not like talking to God, but it's so close!
[Talking about the film Sweet Land (2005)]: We want to see a story about us, about people. Here's a girl who comes from Norway and gets all the way to Minnesota. She doesn't speak a word of English, just German, and people still hated Germans from the first World War. Talk about strength. She's traveled alone and far to marry a guy through an arrangement with his parents. You wonder at the strength for just that, much less what it takes to hold on once she gets there. This is about people you know. I love it. I love what it's about. One scene summarizes the delicious sense of the movie. It's where Olaf is sleeping in the barn, and Inge is sleeping in the house and there's a sense of tension between them because they are going here and there and trying to get married, but they can't. They get into an argument, and they are talking in German and Norwegian. I love that scene. I love the fact that we know exactly what they are talking about, even though I don't speak any Norwegian or German.The performances are wonderful. The acting is as good as anything I've ever been in. I am proud. The two leads are good, boy, they are good. I think when people see this movie, they won't have seen anybody like her (Elizabeth Reaser) in quite some time.
I want to see the writers strike, God bless them. They are the only true commies we have in Hollywood.
(March 2004) He is playing Big Daddy in the 2003-2004 Broadway Revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Ashley Judd as Maggie and Jason Patric as Brick.
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