American actor Ned Beatty, who had starred in over 150 films, including Quiet weekend of fear, Nashville, All the President’s Men, Fifth Estate e Superman. He had his best roles in the 1970s, often secondary but just as often memorable, which made his face more famous than his name.
Beatty, who is not related to Warren, was born on July 6, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky, and made his mark by singing in his church choir, for which he also received a scholarship. However, he preferred to act: he did not graduate, and was a theater actor for several years, until his debut in the cinema, which arrived in 1972 with A quiet weekend of fear. The well-known scene of the rape he suffered in the film stuck to him professionally and personally: he once said that people on the street still yelled at him the “screams like a pig” joke on the street.
Later and for much of her career Beatty often had supporting roles, including those in All the president’s men, Nashville e The fourth protocol. His characters were often clumsy and good-natured, starting with Otis, the clumsy right-hand man of Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) in Superman, or as Ward Erbert Douglas, the Californian patriotic who in 1941 – Alarm in Hollywood by Steven Spielberg destroys his house with a cannon trying to defend it from the Japanese.
For its interpretation in Fifth Estate, in which he was president of the network for which protagonist Howard Beale works, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In the film, Beatty played a very angry and famous monologue – in a film of very angry and famous monologues – conspiratorial to persuade Beale to abandon his populist indignation.
A little more recently Beatty had starred in Charlie Wilson’s War by Mike Nichols, and had voiced the evil pink teddy bear by Toy Story 3.