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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 30 October 1938Long Beach, Long Island, New York, USA
Date of Death 16 October 2013Los Angeles, California, USA  (mesothelioma)
Birth NameEdward Matthew Lauter II
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Edward Matthew Lauter II was born on October 30, 1938 in Long Beach, New York. In a film career that has extended for over four decades, Lauter has starred in a plethora of film and television productions since making his big screen debut in the western Dirty Little Billy (1972). He had portrayed an eclectic array of characters over the years, including (but not limited to), authority/military figures, edgy villains, and good-hearted heavies. Many will remember him for his appearance as the stern Captain Wilhelm Knauer in The Longest Yard (1974) (Lauter also made a cameo in the 2005 remake). Lauter has also worked with Alfred Hitchcock, Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Jim Carrey and Liam Neeson. With a face that seems to appear without warning everywhere, Lauter remained in demand for roles on both films and television. Ed Lauter died of mesothelioma in his home in Los Angeles, California on October 16, 2013, less than two weeks before his 75th birthday.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: aladdinsane85

Spouse (4)

Mia (26 May 2006 - 16 October 2013) (his death)
Marnie Melissa Savion (1985 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Jennifer Holmes (1978 - 1984) (divorced) (2 children)
Wanda "Future" Fulton (September 1964 - 31 October 1972) (her death)

Trade Mark (2)

Often played menacing, sinister villains
Often played unsavory authority figures

Trivia (13)

Has four children.
Worked as a stand-up comedian before entering films.
Besides Burt Reynolds, he was the only other actor to appear in both The Longest Yard (1974) and The Longest Yard (2005).
Studied drama at the Herbert Berghof School.
Made his Broadway debut in 1970 in the play "The Great White Hope".
Attended C.W. Post College on a sports scholarship where he played baseball, football and basketball.
Spent two years in the United States Army.
Has a Bachelor's degree in English.
Was set to co-star in what would have been Alfred Hitchcock's next film, "The Short Night", in 1980.
A cousin of actress Elaine Stritch.
Had appeared with Charles Bronson in four films: Death Wish 3 (1985), Death Hunt (1981), The White Buffalo (1977) and Breakheart Pass (1975).
His last name is pronounced "Law-ter".
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) in 1976.

Personal Quotes (7)

[his definition of a character actor] Someone who's most usually not an 8x10 glossy. You know, not a Steve Stunning. They're characters.
[on his status as a "recognizable" character actor] Recognizable, but sometimes people don't know my name. They'll say, "Oh, yeah! There's that guy! You were in ... Jesus Christ ... you were in ... in ..." So, in a way it's good - and in a way it's bad.
One of the tools that an actor has - and it's a trite thing, but you can really use it a lot - is imagination. Really important. And New York City was was a great place for me to grow up because I had so many characters to study. I didn't grow up in Oklahoma and then move to the city as an adult and suddenly say, "I want to be an actor." I was around actors all of the time. I was around interesting people - the people of the city.
[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?'
[on meeting David Niven] I was really starstruck... He was through shooting for the day so I asked him if we could just take a walk around the Warners' lot and he agreed. And I was so pleased I was going to get some tips from a real star. And, as we walked, he said to me, "Remember, get every penny you can from the sons of bitches".
[on Alfred Hitchcock] He didn't care for Montgomery Clift. He didn't like the way he'd act one way in the master and a completely different way in the close-ups. He just couldn't match it, you know?
[on Lee Marvin] I'd given him a book by H.L. Mencken and he sent me one back, and I opened it and he'd written inside "To Ed, for more joy, Lee Marvin". I rang him up and thanked him so much and he said "I'm glad you got it. You know why I wrote it in pencil don't you? So you can erase it if you don't like your books being blemished".

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