According to his IDMb page, Ned had only 3 movie credits before his appearance on The Waltons: Deliverance, Footsteps (TV movie), and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. Five years after The Waltons, Ned famously played Otis in Superman.
He was always a delight to see him perform.
"As long as there's one person on earth who remembers you, it isn't over." - Oscar Hammerstein
This Ned will greatly miss the great Ned Beatty, who appeared as guest Curtis Norton on my favorite series, "The Waltons," and as regular Detective Bolander on another of my favorites, "Homicide: Life on the Streets." My son and I recently paid homage to "Homicide" by visiting the outdoor shooting location in Fells Point during a trip to Baltimore. He was Oscar nominated for "Network."
Fine actor, to his credit he appeared in more than 160 films. One in particular, I recall. He portrayed Rudy Reuttiger's dad in the football themed film, RUDY.
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Wow, never realized that was the same person. He also played Dan's father on Roseanne. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. At one time 83 would have seemed old to me. But now it feels too young to die. 😔 Condolences to his family and prayers for Mr. Beatty to rest in peace.