Was an understudy for a 1968 Broadway stage production of "The Great White Hope." Lauter eventually graduated from understudy to actor in a January, 1970 production of this particular play.
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[Talking about playing villainous characters or otherwise unsavory authority figures] I like those roles. Lee Marvin once told me, "When you play a heavy, every once in a while make the audience like you a little bit." Then they'll think, 'Wait a minute, he's not such a bad guy. Did you see the way he petted that dog?'
Worked as a stand-up comedian before entering films.
Often played unsavory authority figures