Actor Ned Beatty has passed away at the age of 83. “Ned passed away from natural causes Sunday morning, surrounded by his family and loved ones,” Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, shared in a statement.
Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich shared on social media, “Just heard that Ned Beatty passed away in his sleep. It was a joy and and an incredible honor to work with him,” Unkrich tweeted. “Thanks, Ned, for bringing Lotso to life — both his good side and his not-so-good side. We’ll miss you.”
Beatty had a long career in Hollywood that spanned over five decades. He worked regularly throughout his career which earned him the title as the “busiest man in Hollywood” from the Daily Variety. He performed in movies like All the President’s Men, The Big Easy, Hear My Song, Network (for which he earned an Oscar nomination), Superman, and in more recent years he appeared in the Walker, Charlie Wilson’s War, Shooter, and lent his voice to Lotso in Toy Story 3.
Throughout his career, Beatty appeared in over 160 films. He also appeared on multiple television programs as well. He earned Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a ministires for 1979’s Friendly Fire and also Outstanding Supporting Actor in a miniseries for 1990’s Last Train Home. On the stage, Beatty would earn a Drama Desk Award in 2004 for his role as Big Daddy in the Broadway Revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He also was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for 1991’s Hear My Song.
Beatty was married four times. First to Walta Abbott, then actress Belinda Beatty, followed by Dorothy “Tinker” Lindsey and finally Sandra Johnson. He is survived by Sandra Johnson, four children from his marriage to Abbot, two children from his marriage to Beatty, and two children from his marriage to Lindsey.