Skip to comments.Ed Lauter, character actor in films and television, dies at 74
Posted on 10/17/2013 4:03:46 AM PDT by lowbridge
Ed Lauter, 74, a character actor who carved out a niche in the 1970s playing mostly heavies in movies and TV and kept up a busy schedule in recent years with appearances in Clint Eastwoods Trouble With the Curve and Oscar winner The Artist, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles of mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects tissue surrounding internal organs. Family spokesman Edward Lozzi announced his death.
A lot of people say, I know you, but they dont know my name, Lauter told The Times in 2012. But Ive had a great run.
The 6-foot-2, balding actor had memorable roles in Family Plot -- which was Alfred Hitchcocks final film, in 1976 -- along with Born on the Fourth of July, Seabiscuit, Breakheart Pass, Death Wish 3, French Connection II and The Longest Yard, both the 1974 version and the 2005 remake about a football game pitting inmates against prison guards.
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God rest his soul.
Will the meso lawyers be hounding the family at the funeral?
R.I.P ...Always dug
his acting .
Ah, one of the greats whose name I never knew. RIP Ed Lauter.
RIP....it was always a give-away when he showed up early on a TV program....MAGNUM,ROCKFORD,etc.....he was the bad guy..*smiles*...BUT WE WATCHED ANYWAY..
Movie stars shine brilliantly then fade out , Character actors can find work year after year.
May he Rest in Peace.
You earned the “Game ball” in my book Capt. Canauer
Ed lived on the corner of Georgia Ave & Beech St in the west end of Long Beach NY in 49 when as a 16 yr old I was working my first year as the Lifeguard on that beach.Eddie as a 9 year old became my Gofer, getting my lunch at Welker’s dairy every day of a quart of chocolate milk and 2 baloney and cheese roll sandwiches..trying at 137lbs to gain weight toplay football at L. B High.He was a great kid and became a fine basketball player at C. W. Post where I had played Football.Wife and I visited him in Hollywood just after he got there and had a fine time at a posh watering hole on Hollywood and Vine?? God Bless Ed, you will be missed
This man has been in a LOT of tv shows and movies.
Great actor, gonna miss him.
RIP Mr. Lauter
That dude was 74?
He was in a ton of movies.
Proper thread for Mr. Lauter. RIP.
Sad, but nice story... thanks for posting it.
I enjoyed his acting roles too. He was a convincing actor, and that is what EVERY actor strives for.
As a child, my parents used to take me to the Capri Beach Club during the summers in the mid 1960s, just a few blocks down the road in Atlantic Beach.
A total “that guy”, I didn’t know the name, the face is very familiar.
Mesothelioma, yikes. Disgusting industry, they knew that crap (asbestos) caused deadly incurable cancer decades before anyone did anything about it.
Love that scene. “HIS-STO-REE!”
I remember his performances better than I do many other character actors. RIP.
Yes - a total that guy”. This has had me sad; not like I knew the man personally.
Aww. I was a big fan of his, and I’m sorry to hear that he’s passed.
BTW, it’s not mentioned in the story, but he was very good as Ann-Margaret’s husband in the movie “Magic” with Anthony Hopkins (very good thriller/chiller, btw.)
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