Appeared (as replacement actor ("Deputy" / "Detective" / "Fight Fan" / "Roller"; Broadway debut) in "The Great White Hope" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Howard Sackler
. Music arranged by Charles Gross. Directed by Edwin Sherin
. Alvin Theatre: 3 Oct 1968-31 Jan 1970 (546 performances + 15 previews). Cast: James Earl Jones
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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 ...
He appeared in the two Oscar winning scripts of 1976: in Network
(1976), which won as Best Original Screenplay, and in All the President's Men
(1976), which won as Best Adapted Screenplay.
Often plays charismatic villains
The busiest actor in Hollywood