Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty early life, career, net worth and death

Who is Ned Beatty?

Ned ‘Thomas’ Beatty was an actor and singer from the United States. He was best known for his roles as Bobby Trippe in Deliverance (1972) as Arthur Jensen in Network (1976), Gene Mullen in Friendly Fire (1979), Josef Locke in Hear My Song (1991), Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear in Toy Story 3 (2010), Martin Dardis in All the President’s Men (1976), FBI Agent Bob Stevens / Bob Sweet in Silver Streak (1976), and McNair in Just Cause (1995). 

He received a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award, and an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.

Ned Beatty

Quick facts on Ned Beatty

Full nameNed Thomas Beatty
Age83 years old (as of 2021)
BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States
Also known as (AKA)The Busiest Actor in Hollywood
Sun signCancer
Father’s nameCharles William Beatty
Mother’s name Margaret Fortney Lennis
SiblingsMary Margaret (sister)
Height5 feet 7 inches (173 cm)
Weight75 kg (165 lbs.)
HobbySinging, acting, modeling, traveling
Eye colorHazel
Marital statusMarried
Wife’s nameWalta Chandler (Ex-wife), Belinda Rowley (Ex-wife), Dorothy Lindsay (Ex-wife), Sandra Johnson (Present)
ChildrenThomas Beatty, Dorothy Beatty, Walter Beatty, Blossom Beatty, John Beatty, Charles Beatty, Lennis Beatty, Douglas Beatty
ProfessionActor, musician
Net worth$5 million
Sexual orientationStraight
Hair colorBrown
Source of incomeActing

Early life, family, educational background

Ned Thomas Beatty was born on June 6, 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Margaret (Fortney) and Charles William Beatty. His childhood was spent fishing and working on farms. His sister’s name was Mary Margaret.

However, Kentucky isn’t exactly the best place to pursue a career in show business, so when questioned, “How did you get into show business?” Beatty says, “By hanging out with the wrong crowd.” The “crowd” representing the industry’s famous people such as John Huston, Robert Altman, Paul Newman, Steven Spielberg, Richard Burton, Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando, and Robert Redford.

He began singing in gospel and barbershop quartets and at his local church in St. Matthews, Kentucky, in 1947. He got a scholarship to Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, to sing in the a cappella choir; he enrolled there but never graduated.

At the age of 19, Ned made his theatrical debut in Wilderness Road, an outdoor historical pageant in Berea, Kentucky, in 1956. During his first ten years in the theater, he worked at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, and the State Theatre of Virginia. He returned to Kentucky in the mid-1960s and worked at the Clarksville Little Theater (Indiana) and the newly created Actors Theater of Louisville. He starred as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in 1966 during his stay in Indiana. 

Height, weight, and appearances

The actor stands 5 ft 7 in (171 cm) tall. However, as for his weight and body measurements, the data is unknown. 

Ned Beatty relationships

Beatty has had four marriages. Walta Chandler was his first wife, and they had four children together: Douglas Beatty (born in 1960), twins Charles and Lennis Beatty (born in 1963), and Walter Beatty (born in 1966). They were married from 1959 to 1968.

His second wife Belinda Rowley was an actress, with whom he had two children, John Beatty and Blossom Beatty. He was married to Rowley from 1971 to 1979. 

Dorothy Adams “Tinker” Lindsay was his third wife; they were married from June 28, 1979, until March 1998. Their son Thomas Beatty was born in 1980, and Dorothy Beatty was born in 1983. 

Sandra Johnson is his fourth wife; they married on November 20, 1999, and lived in California. In addition, they have a home in Karlstad, Minnesota.

Ned Beatty with fourth wife Sandra Johnson
Ned Beatty with wife Sandra Johnson

Ned Beatty career

In 1972, Beatty made his cinematic debut as Bobby Trippe in Deliverance, a film starring Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds set in northern Georgia. Two mountain men force Beatty’s character to strip naked at gunpoint and humiliate and rape him, a sequence that is now recognized as a cinematic milestone. Over the years, he has appeared in a lot of films.

Some of his well-known films include All the President’s Men (1976) as Martin Dardis, Silver Streak (1976) as FBI Agent Bob Stevens / Bob Sweet, and Just Cause (1995) as McNair.

He starred in Network (1976) as Arthur Jensen, then in Hear My Song (1991) as Josef Locke, and in Toy Story 3 (2010) as the voice of the main antagonist Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear. His absolute dominance in the film business began in the late 1970s when his name appeared in films as a main or recurring character.

Ned Beatty

He played Edwards in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), Julius Taggart in The Great Bank Hoax (1978), Otis Berg in Superman (1978), Otis Berg in Superman II (1980), he portrayed General Pavel Borisov in The Fourth Protocol (1987), Lieutenant Stern in The Unholy (1988), Sam Kolawetz in Captain America (1990), and he played a corrupt US senator in Shooter (2007) as Senator Charles F. Meachum.

He starred as Chester Conway in The Killer Inside Me (2010), Hartshorn in Rampart (2011), and in a number of other films. In the 1972 American thriller picture Deliverance, he portrayed Bobby Trippe masterfully. Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox feature in the picture, which was directed by John Boorman. The picture was a hit, with an IMDb rating of 7.7.

In 1972’s Footsteps, Ned Beatty made his television debut as Frank Powell. He played Curtis Norton in The Waltons (1973) and Det. Dan Corrigan in Kojak (1973). He also appeared in Lucas Tanner (1975) as Harold Ogden, The Rookies (1975) as Frank Forest, M*A*S*H (1975) as Colonel Hollister, Lucan (1977) as Larry MacElwaine, Friendly Fire (1979) as Gene Mullen, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2007) as Dr. David Lowry, Law & Order (2008) as Judge, and many other popular television shows.

Awards and achievements

Beatty received his first nomination for Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for Network (1976). His second nomination, an Emmy Award, was for Friendly Fire (1979) in the category of ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special,’ and his third nomination is for Last Train Home in the category of ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special’ (1990).

He received his fourth major award nomination for a Golden Globe Award in the category Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture in Hear My Song (1990) for his role as Josef Locke, and his fifth nomination for an MTV Movie Award in the category Best Villain for his voice of antagonist Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear in Toy Story 3. (2010).

Out of all those nominations, he won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his role as ‘Big Daddy’ in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2004). 

Ned Beatty net worth

The 83-year-old actor worked from 1956 to 2013 in the film and television industries. He performed in over 160 films during the course of his career and amassed a sizable fortune. He was believed to have had a net worth of $5 million at the time of his death.

Ned Beatty social media

Ned Beatty, on the other hand, had never used social media. But his biographies have appeared on several websites, such as Wikipedia and IMDB. The links to these websites are:



Cause of death

Ned Beatty died in Los Angeles on June 13, 2021, at the age of 83. According to his management, Beatty died of natural causes at home, surrounded by his family.

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