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Name: Ned Thomas Beatty                                                                 
Born: 6 July 1937 Louisville, Kentucky                                                 
Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an Academy Award-nominated American           
Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Margaret Fortney (née Lennis),     
a high school lunch lady, and Charles William Beatty. He has a sister, Mary             
Margaret. In 1947, he began singing in gospel and barbershop quartets in St.           
Matthews, Kentucky, as well as at his local church. He made his stage debut             
at the age of 19, appearing in Wilderness Road, an outdoor historical pageant.         
He attended college at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, although he           
did not graduate.                                                                       
Beatty has appeared in over 100 films and is probably most recognized from his         
appearance as Delbert Reese, a Tennessee lawyer and husband of Lily Tomlin who         
attempts to have a sexual liaision with Gwen Welles in Robert Altman's Nashville       
(1975). Also memorable were his depictions of Dennis Quaid's co-worker and             
potential father-in-law in a drama about police corruption in New Orleans, The         
Big Easy (1987); Lex Luthor's henchman Otis in Superman (1978); Rudy Reuttiger's       
father in the 1993 biopic Rudy; and as rape victim Bobby Trippe in his debut           
film, Deliverance (1972). He was a member of the original cast of the television       
police drama Homicide: Life on the Street, playing Detective Stanley Bolander in       
the show's first three seasons. He also had a recurring role as Dan Conner's           
philandering father Ed on the hit television show Roseanne.                             
Beatty was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Network       
(1976). He has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe             
Award. In the award-winning 1991 British film Hear My Song, he portrayed the           
singer Josef Locke.                                                                     
In March of 2006, Beatty received the RiverRun International Film Festival's "Master   
of Cinema" award (the highest honor of the festival).