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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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 2013 Baggage Claim
Mr. Donaldson
 2013 The Big Ask
Old Man Carl
 2013 Go On (TV Series)
Coach Spence
- Go Deep (2013) ... Coach Spence
 2011 Rampart
 2011 Rango
Mayor (voice)
 2010 Toy Story 3: The Video Game (Video Game)
Lotso (voice)
 2010 Toy Story 3
Lotso (voice)
 2010 The Killer Inside Me
Chester Conway
 2009 In the Electric Mist
Twinky LeMoyne
 2008 Law & Order (TV Series)
Judge Malcolm Reynolds
- Zero (2008) ... Judge Malcolm Reynolds
 2007 Charlie Wilson's War
Doc Long
 2007/I Shooter
Senator Charles F. Meachum
 2007 The Walker
Jack Delorean
 2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Dr. David Lowry
- Sweet Jane (2007) ... Dr. David Lowry
 2005 Sweet Land
 2004 The Wool Cap (TV Movie)
Gigot's Father
 2003 Where the Red Fern Grows
Sheriff Abe McConnell
 2002 Thunderpants
Gen. Ed Sheppard
 2002 Roughing It (TV Movie)
 2002 This Beautiful Life (Short)
 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
 2000 Homicide: The Movie (TV Movie)
Det. Stanley 'The Big Man' Bolander
 1999 Hard Time: Hostage Hotel (TV Movie)
Tony (unconfirmed)
 1999 Spring Forward
 1999/I Life
Dexter Wilkins
 1999 Cookie's Fortune
Lester Boyle
 1998 He Got Game
Warden Wyatt
 1997 The Curse of Inferno
Moles Huddenel
 1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Herbert Hoover
- Hatred and Hunger (1996) ... Herbert Hoover (voice)
 1996 Crazy Horse (TV Movie)
Dr. McGillicuddy
 1996 Gulliver's Travels (TV Mini-Series)
Farmer Grultrud
- Episode #1.1 (1996) ... Farmer Grultrud
 1995 Streets of Laredo (TV Mini-Series)
Judge Roy Bean
- Episode #1.3 (1995) ... Judge Roy Bean
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Judge Roy Bean
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Judge Roy Bean
 1995 The Affair (TV Movie)
Col. Banning
 1993-1995 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Stanley 'The Big Man' Bolander
- The Gas Man (1995) ... Stanley 'The Big Man' Bolander
- Colors (1995) ... Stanley 'The Big Man' Bolander
- Nothing Personal (1995) ... Stanley 'The Big Man' Bolander
- In Search of Crimes Past (1995) ... Stanley 'The Big Man' Bolander
- The Old and the Dead (1995) ... Stanley 'The Big Man' Bolander
 1995 Just Cause
 1994 Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine (Video Game)
Sheriff Francis Wompler
 1994 Replikator
Insp. Victor Valiant
 1994 Radioland Murders
General Walt Whalen
 1989-1994 Roseanne (TV Series)
Ed Conner
- Lies My Father Told Me (1994) ... Ed Conner
- Past Imperfect (1994) ... Ed Conner
- The Wedding (1991) ... Ed Conner
- The Courtship of Eddie, Dan's Father (1991) ... Ed Conner
- We Gather Together (1989) ... Ed Conner
 1993 The Boys (TV Series)
Herbert Francis 'Bert' Greenblatt
- The Wicker Moosehead (1993) ... Herbert Francis 'Bert' Greenblatt
- Ninety-Five in the Shade (1993) ... Herbert Francis 'Bert' Greenblatt
- The Writing Class (1993) ... Herbert Francis 'Bert' Greenblatt
- Strike One, You're Out (1993) ... Herbert Francis 'Bert' Greenblatt
- Ladies' Night (1993) ... Herbert Francis 'Bert' Greenblatt
 1993 Ed and His Dead Mother
Uncle Benny
 1993 Rudy
Daniel Ruettiger
 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 Prelude to a Kiss
Dr. Boyle
 1992 Blind Vision
Sgt. Logan
 1992 Trial: The Price of Passion (TV Movie)
Scoot Shepard
 1992 Avonlea (TV Series)
Wally Higgins
- The Calamitous Courting of Hetty King (1992) ... Wally Higgins
 1991 Hear My Song
Josef Locke
 1991 Going Under
Admiral Malice
 1991 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Frederic Remington
- Frederic Remington: The Truth of Other Days (1991) ... Frederic Remington (voice)
 1990 Captain America
Sam Kolawetz
 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 Fat Monroe (Short)
Fat Monroe
 1990 The Comic Book Christmas Caper
Officer Ozzie O'Driscoll / Santa Claus
 1990 Repossessed
Ernest Weller
 1990 A Cry in the Wild
 1990 It's Garry Shandling's Show. (TV Series)
Ned Beatty
- The Wedding Show (1990) ... Ned Beatty
 1990 Big Bad John
Charlie Mitchelle
 1989 Saturday Night with Connie Chung (TV Series)
Gov. Edmund G. Brown
- The Caryl Chessman Story (1989) ... Gov. Edmund G. Brown
 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 Ministry of Vengeance
Rev. Bloor
 1989 Chattahoochee
Dr. Harwood
 1989 Tennessee Waltz
Charlie Kiefer
 1989 Time Trackers
Harry Orth
 1989 Physical Evidence
James Nicks
 1988 Purple People Eater
 1988 Go Toward the Light (TV Movie)
 1988 Shadows in the Storm
Thelonious Pitt
 1988 Midnight Crossing
 1988 Switching Channels
Roy Ridnitz
 1988 The Unholy
Lt. Stern
 1987 Kiwi Magic (Short)
 1987 The Trouble with Spies
Harry Lewis
 1987 Dolly (TV Series)
John Pacer
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... John Pacer
 1987 Rolling Vengeance
Tiny Doyle
 1987 The Haunting of Barney Palmer (TV Movie)
Cole Scholar
 1987 The Fourth Protocol
Borisov / Pavel Petrovic
 1986 The Big Easy
Jack Kellom
 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
 1986 Back to School
Dean David Martin
 1985 Answers (TV Movie)
Senator William Blaine (segment "The Constituent")
 1985 Hostage Flight (TV Movie)
Art Hofstadter
 1985 Konrad (TV Movie)
Mr. Thomas
 1985 Restless Natives
 1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Larry Broome (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
- Pilot (1985) ... Larry Broome (segment "Incident in a Small Jail")
 1982-1985 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Reverend Mansfield French / Lynch Mob Leader
- Charlotte Forten's Mission: Experiment in Freedom (1985) ... Reverend Mansfield French
- The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982) ... Lynch Mob Leader
 1985 Robert Kennedy and His Times (TV Mini-Series)
J. Edgar Hoover
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... J. Edgar Hoover
 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 3 (1984) ... Otto Leo
- Part 2 (1984) ... Otto Leo
- Part 1 (1984) ... Otto Leo
 1983 Stroker Ace
Clyde Torkle
 1983 Touched
 1983 Kentucky Woman (TV Movie)
Luke Telford
 1982 The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
Lynch Mob Leader
 1982 The Toy
Mr. Morehouse
 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 Splendor in the Grass (TV Movie)
Ace Stamper
 1981 The Violation of Sarah McDavid (TV Movie)
Dr. Walter Keys
 1980 Superman II
 1980 Hopscotch
 1980 All God's Children (TV Movie)
Mike Naponic
 1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (TV Movie)
Rep. Leo Ryan
 1980 The American Success Company
Mr. Elliott
 1979 1941
Ward Douglas
 1979 Promises in the Dark
Bud Koenig
 1979 Wise Blood
Hoover Shoates
 1979 Friendly Fire (TV Movie)
Gene Mullen
 1977-1978 Szysznyk (TV Series)
Nick Szysznyk
- Youth of the Year (1978) ... Nick Szysznyk
- Norton's Head Trip (1978) ... Nick Szysznyk
- Hell on Wheels (1978) ... Nick Szysznyk
- A Star Is Burned (1978) ... Nick Szysznyk
- You Stomped on My Heart (1978) ... Nick Szysznyk
 1978 Superman
 1978 The Great Bank Hoax
Julius Taggart
 1978 A Question of Love (TV Movie)
Dwayne Stabler
 1978 Gray Lady Down
 1977 Alambrista!
Anglo Coyote
 1977 Visions (TV Series)
Anglo Coyote / Pinky
- Alambrista! (1977) ... Anglo Coyote
- The Gardener's Son (1977) ... Pinky
 1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic
 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 Delvecchio (TV Series)
- The Madness Within: Part 2 (1977) ... Wakefield
- The Madness Within: Part 1 (1977) ... Wakefield
 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
 1976 Mikey and Nicky
 1974-1976 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Leon Fielder / Al Brennan
- Return to the 38th Parallel (1976) ... Al Brennan
- Profit and Loss, Part 2: Loss (1974) ... Leon Fielder
- Profit and Loss, Part 1: Profit (1974) ... Leon Fielder
 1976 Silver Streak
 1976 Network
Arthur Jensen
 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
 1976 Gator
Sheriff J.C. Connors (uncredited)
 1976 The Big Bus
Shorty Scotty
 1976 All the President's Men
 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 Nashville
Delbert Reese
 1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
Country Bull
 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 White Lightning
Sheriff J.C. Connors
 1973 The Last American Hero
 1973 The Marcus-Nelson Murders (TV Movie)
Det. Dan Corrigan
 1973 The Waltons (TV Series)
Curtis Norton
- The Bicycle (1973) ... Curtis Norton
 1972 Footsteps (TV Movie)
Frank Powell
 1972 Deliverance
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(March 10 to April 3, 1966) He played Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's play, "Death of a Salesman," at the Actors Theatre of Louisville (Mainstage) in Louisville, Kentucky with Jo Deodato (Linda); Paul Watson (Happy); Grant Sheehan (Biff); J.S. Johnson (Bernard); Jack Collard (Charley); Patricia Stewart (the woman); Charles ... 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 »


One of the few actors whose work can connect three, unrelated protagonists from separate studios AND link back full circle: 'Superman' (1978), 'RoboCop' (1988) and 'The Terminator' (1984). Played in "Superman", which his "Deliverance" co-star Burt Reynolds turned down the lead role. Ronny Cox (who also co-started with Beatty) in "Deliverance" played the antagonist in "RoboCop". Arnold ... See more »


Often plays charismatic villains


The busiest actor in Hollywood

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