We’ve got some very sad news to report tonight, as we’ve learned that Oscar-nominated veteran actor Ned Beatty passed away earlier today at the age of 83 from natural causes.
“Ned passed away from natural causes Sunday morning, surrounded by his family and loved ones,” Deborah Miller, Beatty’s manager, said in a statement shared by TheWrap tonight. “His family has decided to keep details private at this time. Ned was an iconic, legendary talent, as well as a dear friend, and he will be missed by us all.”
Ned Beatty earned himself an Oscar nomination for his performance in Network back in 1977, but it was another classic movie from the 1970s that introduced Beatty to horror fans. Beatty made his feature film debut in 1972’s Deliverance, his career launched in memorable fashion… to say the very least. Beatty subsequently paid a few more visits to the horror genre in films including Exorcist II: The Heretic, Repossessed, and Ed and His Dead Mother.
Other notable credits on Ned Beatty’s incredible 166-project resume include The Last American Hero, Nashville, All the President’s Men, Network, Superman, 1941, Superman II, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, The Toy, Back to School, Captain America, Prelude to a Kiss, Rudy, Life, Where the Red Fern Grows, Shooter, Charlie Wilson’s War, Toy Story 3 and Rango.
In addition to Beatty’s Oscar nomination, he was also nominated throughout his career for Golden Globes and Emmy Awards, thanks to Hear My Song, Last Train Home, and Friendly Fire.