Ned Beatty dead: Superman and Deliverance actor dies at the age of 83

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Actor Ned Beatty has died at the age of 83.

The actor, famous for his roles in Superman and Deliverance and for being the voice of Lotso in Toy Story 3, passed away in his sleep on Sunday while surrounded by family at his home according to TMZ.

The publication reports that the actor died of natural causes.

The Kentucky-born actor was once described as "the busiest actor in Hollywood" and had a career which spanned over five decades.

He broke out onto the scene in Deliverance but will perhaps be best remembered for his standout monologue in 1976's Network.

Ned played TV/communications chief Howard Beale who was trying to convince the protagonist to stop resisting a major merger deal that would go on to have a negative affect on the masses.

The monologue earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 1976 Oscars even though it was one of his only appearances on the hit show.

Ned Beatty, shown here as Det. Stanley Bolander in Homicide: Life on the Street, has died
(Image: NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

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Known as one of the most respected actors of his time, Ned also featured in TV productions such as Law & Order, Roseanne, The Boys, Highway to Heaven, American Playhouse, M*A*S*H*, Homicide: Life on the Street, Murder, She Wrote and many others.

On the big screen the legendary actor played roles in hit productions including Superman, Friendly Fire, All the President's Men, Nashville, Captain America, Prelude to a Kiss, Hear My Song and Shooter as well as countless more.

His voiceover parts included huge parts such as Lotso the evil pink bear in Toy Story 3 who goes up against Woody, Buzz, and the other toys in the nursery.

Ned was the voice of Lotso in Toy Story 3
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Born on July 6, 1937, the actor was well known for playing Southern yokels and didn't seem to have any regrets about not landing more lead roles.

He once told People magazine that they were "more trouble than they're worth".

He added: "I feel sorry for people in a star position — it’s unnatural."

After graduating from High School in 1955, the actor earned a scholarship to attend Transylvania University.

Actor Ned Beatty attended Deliverance screening during the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival
(Image: WireImage)

While there, he worked as a butcher before turning his hand to acting.

Stars and fans alike were quick to take to social media following the news of Ned's passing.

Actor Ralph Macchio tweeted: "Ned Beatty. 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."

Aliens actor Lance Henriksen also wrote: "Another huge loss for the acting community."

Ned is survived by his wife, Sandra Johnson, and his eight children and grandchildren.

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