Superman Actor Ned Beatty Dead Aged 83

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 14 Jun 2021 07:21
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Oscar-nominated actor Ned Beatty has died at the age of 83.

The Superman and Deliverance actor died at his home yesterday, June 13, of natural causes. One of his most recent features was voicing Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear in Toy Story 3.


Beatty is survived by his wife Sandra Johnson and their eight children and grandchildren.

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Shelter Entertainment Group Talent Manager Deborah Miller confirmed the news to CNN, writing, ‘Ned passed away from natural causes Sunday morning, surrounded by his family and loved ones.’

While the full nature of his death hasn’t been disclosed, Beatty’s passing was reportedly not COVID related, according to TMZ.


The late actor was born and raised in Kentucky and started performing at just 10 years old. Shelter Entertainment Group said of Beatty, ‘He started as a professional performer at age ten when he earned pocket money singing in gospel quartets and a barber shop.’

Following the news of his passing, people have taken to social media to pay tribute to the actor.

One person wrote, ‘RIP to the one and only Stanley Bolander, dear to me because he helped pull my ass off the rewrite desk and launch me in television. But my favorite of Ned Beatty’s many great roles: “Hear My Song.” Going to watch that gentle masterpiece again in his memory.’


Another person said, ‘Ned Beatty was an amazing actor. Good in everything he was ever in. RIP.’

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Film and TV, Actor, Death, Superman


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  1. CNN

    Actor Ned Beatty of 'Deliverance' and 'Superman' dies at 83

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