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Ed Lauter (1938–2013)

Edward Matthew Lauter II was born on October 30, 1938 in Long Beach, New York. In a film career that extended for over four decades, Lauter starred in a plethora of film and television productions since making his big screen debut in the western Dirty Little Billy (1972). He portrayed an eclectic array of characters over the years, including (but ... See full bio »

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 2016 The Beautiful Ones (post-production)
Dante Tancredi
  Becker's Farm (filming)
Mr. McCloud
 2015 Blind Pass
 2012-2013 Shameless (TV Series)
Dick Healey
- Parenthood (2012) ... Dick Healey
 2013 The Office (TV Series)
Sam Stone, Sr.
- Suit Warehouse (2013) ... Sam Stone, Sr.
 2011 Carnal Innocence (TV Movie)
Austin Hatinger
 2011/I The Artist
Peppy's Butler
 2010 The Prometheus Project
Dr. Walton
 2010 Taken by Force
Lt. Singer
 2009 Godspeed
 2008 Chocolate News (TV Series)
Jack Cagney
- Episode #1.5 (2008) ... Jack Cagney
 2008 Operation Shock and Awe... some (Short)
The General
 2008 The American Standards
 2007 The Number 23
Father Sebastian
 2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
John Hanafin (uncredited)
 2006/II The Lost
Ed Anderson
 2006 Solace (Short)
Dr. Marrow
 2005 Purple Heart
 2005 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Jerry Rasmussen
- Old Man Quiver (2005) ... Jerry Rasmussen
 2005 Venice Underground
Capt. John Sullivan
 2004 JAG (TV Series)
General Hughes
- Whole New Ball Game (2004) ... General Hughes
 2004 Art Heist
Victor Boyd
 2004 Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (Video)
Gen. Jack Gordon Shepherd
 2004 Grandpa's Place
 2003 Kingpin (TV Mini-Series)
 2002 Go for Broke
Warden Lessen
 2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Barclay Tobin
- Cats in the Cradle... (2002) ... Barclay Tobin
 2001 Charmed (TV Series)
- The Good, the Bad and the Cursed (2001) ... Sutter
 2000 Thirteen Days
Gen. Marshall Carter
 2000 Python (TV Movie)
 2000 Blast
 2000 Civility
Detective Erickson
 2000 Law & Order (TV Series)
Defense Counsel
- Entitled: Part 2 (2000) ... Defense Counsel
 1999 The Magnificent Seven (TV Series)
Hank Conley
- Vendetta (1999) ... Hank Conley
 1999 Night of Terror (Video)
Father Connelly
 1998 Dollar for the Dead (TV Movie)
Jacob Colby
 1998 Millennium (TV Series)
Warden Kellard
- In Arcadia Ego (1998) ... Warden Kellard
 1997 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Silas Bedoe
- Last of a Breed: Part 2 (1997) ... Silas Bedoe
- Last of a Breed: Part 1 (1997) ... Silas Bedoe
 1997 Under Wraps (TV Movie)
 1997 Allie & Me
Detective Frank Richards
 1997 Married to a Stranger (TV Movie)
Harry, Megan's Father
 1997/II Top of the World
Mel Ridgefield
 1997 Childhood Sweetheart? (TV Movie)
Sheriff Bowman
 1996 Coyote Summer
Mitchell Foster
 1996 The Sweeper (Video)
 1996 Raven Hawk (TV Movie)
Sheriff Daggert
 1996 Rattled (TV Movie)
Murray Hendershot
 1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV Series)
- Circle of Light (1996)
 1996 Mercenary (Video)
Jack Cochran
 1995 Ripple (Short)
 1995 Working for Harry (Short)
 1995 Girl in the Cadillac
Ben Wilmer
 1995 Leaving Las Vegas
Mobster #3
 1995 Digital Man
General Roberts
 1995 The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Movie)
General Stevenson
 1994 Trial by Jury
John Boyle
 1994 Wagons East
John Slade
 1994 Highlander (TV Series)
Avery Hoskins
- Bless the Child (1994) ... Avery Hoskins
 1994 Birdland (TV Series)
Capt. John Swede
- Plan B (1994) ... Capt. John Swede
 1994 Secret Sins of the Father (TV Movie)
Arnold Carter
 1993 Under Investigation (Video)
Captain Maguire
 1993 The X-Files (TV Series)
Lt. Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt
- Space (1993) ... Lt. Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt
 1993 True Romance
Police Captain Quiggle (uncredited)
 1993 Extreme Justice
Captain Shafer
 1993 The Return of Ironside (TV Movie)
Chief Bell
 1993 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
- And the Rockets' Dead Glare (1993) ... Gruszynski
 1993 Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders (TV Movie)
Glen Emory
 1992 Renegade (TV Series)
Jack Barnell
- Partners (1992) ... Jack Barnell
 1992 School Ties
Alan Greene
 1992 Judgement
Dallas Hale
 1992 Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Driscoll
 1991 The Rocketeer
 1990 Kojak: Flowers for Matty (TV Movie)
Police Armorer
 1990 Monsters (TV Series)
- Malcolm (1990) ... Malcolm
 1990 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series)
Rex Burnham
- The Confidence Mystery (1990) ... Rex Burnham
 1989 Booker (TV Series)
- High Rise (1989) ... Kendall
 1989 Fat Man and Little Boy
Whitney Ashbridge
 1989 Gleaming the Cube
Mr. Kelly
 1988 Chief Zabu
Skip Keisel
 1988 Goodbye, Miss 4th of July (TV Movie)
 1987-1988 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Robert Nichols / Walter Rowan
- A Place to Stay (1987) ... Walter Rowan
 1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Sheriff Orville Yates
- The Cemetery Vote (1987) ... Sheriff Orville Yates
 1987 Ohara (TV Series)
- Will (1987) ... Vanders
 1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Coach Gruniger
- The Thanksgiving Promise (1986) ... Coach Gruniger
 1986 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Capt. Cahill
- Shadow in the Dark (1986) ... Capt. Cahill
 1986 Firefighter (TV Movie)
B.C. Thompson
 1986 The Last Days of Patton (TV Movie)
Dr. Lt.Col. Paul S. Hill
 1986 Yuri Nosenko, KGB (TV Movie)
Jerry Tyler
 1986 Raw Deal
 1986 Screen Two (TV Series)
Jerry Tyler
- Double Image (1986) ... Jerry Tyler
 1986 3:15
 1986 Youngblood
Murray Chadwick
 1986 The Defiant Ones (TV Movie)
Sheriff Leroy Doyle
 1985 Our Family Honor (TV Series)
Ray Wilfong
- End of the Line (1985) ... Ray Wilfong
 1985 Real Genius
David Decker
 1985 Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Colonel Glenn
 1984 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
- Pilot (1984)
 1984 The Cartier Affair (TV Movie)
Lyndon Dean
 1984 The Three Wishes of Billy Grier (TV Movie)
Mr. Grier
 1984 Finders Keepers
Josef Sirola
 1984 Automan (TV Series)
Michael Hagedorn
- Murder, Take One (1984) ... Michael Hagedorn
 1983-1984 The A-Team (TV Series)
Major Douglas Kyle / Sheriff Hank Thompson
- Deadly Maneuvers (1984) ... Major Douglas Kyle
- Black Day at Bad Rock (1983) ... Sheriff Hank Thompson
 1984 Lassiter
 1984 The Yellow Rose (TV Series)
Cal Everett
- Land of the Free (1984) ... Cal Everett
 1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Buddy Evans
- Dead Wrong: The John Evans Story (1984) ... Buddy Evans
 1984 The Seduction of Gina (TV Movie)
 1984 Nickel Mountain
W.D. Freund
 1983 The Big Score
 1983 Manimal (TV Series)
Col. Hunt
- Manimal (1983) ... Col. Hunt
 1983 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Rick Vetromile
- Rolling Thunder: Part 2 (1983) ... Rick Vetromile
- Rolling Thunder: Part 1 (1983) ... Rick Vetromile
 1983 Cujo
Joe Camber
 1983 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Stan Morgen
- Working (1983) ... Stan Morgen
 1983 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Col. Lawrence Grayson
- What's in a Gnome? (1983) ... Col. Lawrence Grayson
 1982 Rooster (TV Movie)
Jack Claggert
 1982 In the Custody of Strangers (TV Movie)
Judge Halloran
 1981 The Amateur
 1981 Nero Wolfe (TV Series)
Clay Baylor
- Sweet Revenge (1981) ... Clay Baylor
 1981 Death Hunt
 1980 Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (TV Movie)
Frank Morris
 1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV Movie)
Jim Jones, Sr.
 1980 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Jonas Halloran
- The Golden Noose (1980) ... Jonas Halloran
 1979 Undercover with the KKK (TV Movie)
Raleigh Porter
 1979 Love's Savage Fury (TV Movie)
Sergeant Weed
 1979 The Jericho Mile (TV Movie)
Jerry Beloit
 1978 Magic
 1978 The Clone Master (TV Movie)
 1978 Coming Attractions
Sheriff Bob
 1978 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)
Martin Stillman
- Brothers (1978) ... Martin Stillman
- The Judge (1978) ... Martin Stillman
- Deek (1978) ... Martin Stillman
- Robber's Roost (1978) ... Martin Stillman
- Cattle Drive (1978) ... Martin Stillman
 1977 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Joseph Bloomberg
- The Dog and Pony Show (1977) ... Joseph Bloomberg
 1977 The Chicken Chronicles
Mr. Nastase
 1977 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Lt. Howard Fine
- The Blue Angels (1977) ... Lt. Howard Fine
 1977 The Oregon Trail (TV Series)
- Evan's Vendetta (1977)
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Ralph Coleman / Joseph Kinsella
- Odyssey of Death: Part 2 (1976) ... Ralph Coleman / Joseph Kinsella
- Odyssey of Death: Part 1 (1976) ... Ralph Coleman / Joseph Kinsella
 1975 French Connection II
General Brian
 1975 Last Hours Before Morning (TV Movie)
Bud Delaney
 1975 Baretta (TV Series)
Ed Borgue
- Woman in the Harbor (1975) ... Ed Borgue
 1975 A Shadow in the Streets (TV Movie)
Siggy Taylor
 1975 Satan's Triangle (TV Movie)
 1975 Kate McShane (TV Series)
 1974 The Godchild (TV Movie)
 1974 The New Land (TV Series)
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
- Mojo (1974) ... Floyd
 1974 The Waltons (TV Series)
Hyder Rudge
- The Car (1974) ... Hyder Rudge
 1974 The Midnight Man
 1974 The Migrants (TV Movie)
Mr. Barlow
 1973 Executive Action
Operations Chief - Team A
 1973 The Last American Hero
Burton Colt
 1973 Class of '63 (TV Movie)
Dave McKay
 1973 Lolly-Madonna XXX
Hawk Feather
 1972-1973 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Dr. Joseph Ford / Doctor Joseph Ford
- A Trout in the Milk (1973) ... Dr. Joseph Ford
- The Thirty-Year Pin (1972) ... Doctor Joseph Ford
 1972 Ironside (TV Series)
- The Countdown (1972) ... Newton
 1972 Rage
 1972 Dirty Little Billy
 1972 Bad Company
Orin (as Edward Lauter)
 1972 Hickey & Boggs
 1972 The New Centurions
 1972 The Magnificent Seven Ride!
Scott Elliot
 1972 Cannon (TV Series)
- A Flight of Hawks (1972) ... Deputy
 1971-1972 Longstreet (TV Series)
Uniformed Officer / Detective
- Let the Memories Be Happy Ones (1972) ... Uniformed Officer
- The Old Team Spirit (1971) ... Detective
 1971 Mannix (TV Series)
- The Man Outside (1971) ... Sergeant
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Played the judge in an Off-Broadway stage production of "An Impudent Wolf" at Theatre 62 which ran from November 19, 1965 to November 28, 1965. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Edward Lauter


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(2012, on Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise) Revenge of the Nerds II, that was funny! Yeah, I had fun on that because I took my hair, or what hair I had, and ... You know how some guys comb their hair to the side to make it look like they have more hair? Well, I did that, then I said to the director, Joe Roth, who's actually a big producer now, "Look, because I'm always trying to flirt ... See more »


Alfred Hitchcock had planned on using him, in 1979, for one of the leads in his latest film, "The Short Night", before it was canceled due to the director's declining health. Hitchcock had earlier directed him in his previous film, Family Plot (1976). See more »


Often played unsavory authority figures See more »

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Ironically, his last project is titled 'The Grave'. JumpshotJR
I met him! knid
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Ed MUST have the record for most number of tv show appearances. shaun_sayre
Dead Ringer for...... bubbazanetti
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