Boston Herald

Ned Beatty, indelible in ‘Deliveranc­e,’ ‘Network’ dies

- — assoCIated PRess

NEW YORK — Ned Beatty, the indelible character actor whose first film role as a genial vacationer brutally raped by a backwoodsm­an in 1972’s “Deliveranc­e” launched him on a long, prolific and accomplish­ed career, has died. He was 83.

Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said Beatty died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by friends and loved ones.

After years in regional theater, Beatty was cast in “Deliveranc­e” as Bobby Trippe, the happy-golucky member of a male riverboati­ng party terrorized by backwoods thugs. The scene in which Trippe is brutalized became the most memorable in the movie and establishe­d Beatty as an actor whose name moviegoers may not have known but whose face they always recognized.

“For people like me, there’s a lot of ‘I know you! I know you! What have I seen you in?’” Beatty remarked without rancor in 1992.

Beatty received only one Oscar nomination, as supporting actor for his role as corporate executive

Arthur Jensen in 1976 s “Network,” but he contribute­d to some of the most popular movies of his time and worked constantly, his credits including more than 150 movies and TV shows.

He was equally memorable as Otis, the idiot henchman of villainous Lex Luther in the first two Christophe­r Reeve “Superman” movies and as the racist sheriff in “White Lightning.” Other films included “All The President’s Men,” “The Front Page,” “Nashville,” and “The Big Easy.”

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