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'Deliverance' actor Ned Beatty dies at 83

Ned Beatty, Oscar-nominated actor best known for his role in the 1972 film "Deliverance," died on Sunday at the age of 83.

Variety reports Beatty's management said he died from natural causes at home while surrounded by family. Beatty starred in multiple notable films including "Deliverance," "All the President's Men" and "Toy Story 3."

Variety notes that Beatty's on-screen talent was often lauded by critics, regardless of how big his role was. He began performing at a young age, singing with professional gospel groups at the age of 10. He went on to perform in theatrical productions including the 1968 production of "The Great White Hope" on Broadway.

The New York Times once described Beatty's work in the 1976 film "Network" as "beautifully played."

Apart from his work in film, Beatty, who hailed from Louisville, Ky., also garnered praise for his work in television, earning an Emmy nomination for the 1979 television film "Friendly Fire," in which he played opposite Carol Burnett as parents mourning the death of their son in the Vietnam War.

Once news of Beatty's death broke, praise and remembrances quickly began to stream through.

Comedian and podcast host Marc Maron wrote on Twitter, "RIP Ned Beatty. One of the all time best."

 

Actor Ralph Macchio, best known for his work in "The Karate Kid" franchise, wrote that Beatty was a "Superb character actor - my fave being his brilliantness in NETWORK (one of the greatest screenplays and films of all time) So ahead of its time. And same for Mr. Beatty. RIP."

Beatty is survived by eight children from his first three marriages and his fourth wife, Sandra Johnson.

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