Once hailed by Daily Variety as "the busiest actor in Hollywood," NED BEATTY (Hartshorn)
grew up in Kentucky. He started as a performer at the age of 10, where he earned
money singing in gospel and barbershop quartets. The first several years of his
professional career came on stage at a regional Virginia theatre, before making
his move to the prestigious Arena Theatre in Washington, D.C. His first
appearance on Broadway was in a production of "The Great White Hope."
In 1971, Beatty was chosen by director John Boorman to play the role of Bobby
Trippe in the hit film Deliverance. This marked the beginning of his prolific
movie career, with films including Silver Streak, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings,
Network (for which he received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting
Actor), Nashville, Superman I and II, The Toy, All the President's Men, Wise
Blood, Rudy and Hear My Song, among countless others.
Beatty's numerous television credits include three years on the NBC series
Homicide: Life on the Streets. He received an Emmy Award nomination for his work
opposite Carol Burnett in Friendly Fire as well as another nomination for Last
Train Home. Other notable credits include The Wool Cap, the Execution of Private
Slovick and A Woman Called Golda. He also had a recurring role on the series
Roseanne and performed musically on television specials with Dolly Parton and
the Smothers Brothers.
In 2001, Beatty returned to his theatrical roots, performing in London's West
End, in a production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Brendan Fraser and Frances
O'Connor. He also appeared in the Broadway version of the same production in
Beatty's most recent film work includes starring roles in such films as The
Walker (with Woody Harrelson), Shooter starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Wilson's
War, Rango, starring Johnny Depp, and as the voice of Lotso Bear in the highest
grossing animated film of all time, Toy Story 3.
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