Ned Beatty, a veteran actor who appeared in 'Superman' and 'Toy Story 3,' has died aged 83

Ned Beatty, a veteran actor who appeared in 'Superman' and 'Toy Story 3,' has died aged 83
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  • Actor Ned Beatty has died aged 83.

  • The Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor was known for roles in "Network," "Superman," and "Toy Story 3."

  • He died of natural causes at home with his family.

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The actor Ned Beatty, known for his roles in "Network," "Superman," and "Toy Story 3," has died aged 83.

Beatty died of natural causes on Sunday at his home in LA surrounded by his family and those close to him, the Associated Press reported.

In a statement to The Wrap, his manager Deborah Miller said: "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."

Beatty leaves behind a legacy of more than 150 movies and TV shows, including his role as Arthur Jensen in the acclaimed 1976 movie "Network," for which he was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor.

Actor Seth Rogen tweeted his tribute to Beatty by posting a link to a clip of Beatty's iconic monologue in the movie, hailed as one of the best ever.

Beatty was also known for playing Otis, the idiot henchman of Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor, in 1978's "Superman" and the 1980 sequel "Superman II."

His most recent famous role came in "Toy Story 3" in 2010. He voiced Lotso, the villainous stuffed bear that rules the Sunnyside Daycare center where Woody and the gang find themselves.

"Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich paid tribute to Beatty on Twitter, writing: "Just heard that Ned Beatty passed away in his sleep. It was a joy and and [sic] an incredible honor to work with him. Thanks, Ned, for bringing Lotso to life - both his good side and his not-so-good side. We'll miss you."

In a movie career spanning from 1972 to 2013, Beatty had key roles in a number of movies featuring some of Hollywood's biggest actors, including his first-ever movie credit "Deliverance" as well as "All the President's Men," "Nashville," "The Big Easy," and "Hear My Song," the last of which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor.

Beatty had an extensive TV career, too, earning Emmy nominations for "Friendly Fire" in 1979 and "Last Train Home" in 1990. He also appeared in episodes of "Roseanne," "M*A*S*H," 'Hawaii Five-O," "CSI," and "Law & Order."

His last onscreen roles were both in 2013, for the romantic-comedy movie "Baggage Claim" and the TV show "Go On." He retired that year.

Beatty also had a notable career in theater, winning a Drama Desk Award for his role as Big Daddy in the 2001 revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" alongside Brendan Fraser and Frances O'Connor. He played the same role again in the 2003 revival alongside Margo Martindale and Ashley Judd.

Tributes have poured in for Beatty, with actor Patton Oswalt tweeting: "The primal forces of nature have come to collect Ned Beatty. He was great in NETWORK, SUPERMAN, DELIVERANCE and the TV series HOMICIDE (and so much more), but don't forget his chilling, villainous turns in WHITE LIGHTNING and MIKEY AND NICKY."

Meanwhile, author Mark Harris wrote: "To me Ned Beatty is what a career in screen acting is all about. I can't think of one thing he was in that he didn't make better. You know the film credits but he was also a TV legend: Homicide: Life on the Street, Friendly Fire, The Marcus-Nelson Murders. One of the greats. RIP."

Beatty is survived by eight children and his wife Sandra Johnson, who he married in 1999. His marriage to Johnson was the longest of four marriages for Beatty, who first married in 1959 to Walta Chandler, with whom he had four children.

After a 1968 divorce, he was married to Belinda Rowley from 1971 to 1979 and then to Dorothy Lindsay from 1979 to 1998. He had two children with both Rowley and Lindsay.

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