Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ed Lauter Has Died

Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74.

Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi.

He was the brutal prison guard who was Burt Reynolds' nemesis in the 1974 comedy-drama "The Longest Yard" and the sleazy gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock's last film, "The Family Plot." In "Death Wish 3," he was the violent cop who teams with Charles Bronson.

More recently he was the butler to Berenice Bejo's French ingenue in the 2011 Oscar-winning film "The Artist."

13 comments:

Nutty_Flavor said...

Wonder if he'll get in this year's Oscar death reel, or if he'll get squeezed out by someone younger and more ratings-friendly. Did Cory Monteith make any movies?

Vera L- said...

Didn't recognize the name, certainly recognized the face. Godspeed.

discoflux said...

Monteith had just finished doing that movie where he played a junkie, so... You may have just called it, Nutty.

8=====D - RememberKermitGosnell said...

If he was in "Death Wish" even the third part, I surely feel his death.
RIP.

Liz L said...

He was in Girls Just Want to Have Fun. RIP Col. Glenn

lostathome said...

Oh no :( I liked him a lot.

studio gulag -- said...

RIP Ed-- you were awesome.

OneEyeCharlie said...

He was one prolific guy. In my mind, he's had a bit part on every TV show ever made, and a quarter of the movies.

auntliddy said...

Rip. Enjoyed his work. and I have heard that cancer, as there are commercials for injury lawyers touting that very cancer 12 times a day.

Mary Ann said...

He was always interesting to watch. RIP.

timebob said...

horrible way to die, my friends father in law died of it from asbestos exposure. He won millions in a law suit from his employer for trying to cover it up. But he always said dead men can't spend money. It meant nothing to him.



Cee Kay said...

I remember him from Longest Yard and The Artist. He was good. RIP.

fouxdafafa said...

I just saw him in School Ties. RIP