Stars including Ralph Macchio and Jon Cryer have paid tribute following the news of Superman actor Ned Beatty’s death at the age of 83.
The film and TV actor, best known for roles in movies including Network, Superman, Deliverance, and Toy Story 3, is said to have been surrounded by his ‘family and loved ones when he died on Sunday, June 13.
Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said: ‘Ned passed away from natural causes Sunday morning, surrounded by his family and loved ones.’
In the statement sent to TheWrap, she continued: ‘His family has decided to keep details private at this time. Ned was an iconic, legendary talent, as well as a dear friend, and he will be missed by us all.’
Tributes have come pouring in for the esteemed actor from fans and other members of the entertainment industry.
Ralph, star of The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai, tweeted: ‘Ned Beatty. Superb character actor – my fave being his brilliantness in NETWORK (one of the greatest screenplays and films of all time). So ahead of its time. And same for Mr. Beatty. RIP.’
Lance Henriksen, who appeared as Bishop in the Alien film franchise, wrote: ‘Another huge loss for the acting community.’
Two and a Half Men actor Jon referenced Beatty’s performances in the Superman films, tweeting: ‘“Otisburg…?”‘, along with the hashtag: ‘#RIPNedBeatty.’
‘RIP #NedBeatty .. character #actor #legend,’ tweeted The Wire star Delaney Williams.
Actor James Woods tweeted that while he didn’t know Beatty ‘very well personally’, he ‘greatly admired his work’.
‘Mutual friends always spoke so kindly about his gentle nature and generous spirit,’ he added.
One of the roles for which Beatty is most revered was as Arthur Jensen in the 1976 film Network.
Despite only appearing on screen a few times in the movie, he earned a best supporting actor nomination at the Academy Awards for his performance.
He also played Lex Luthor’s henchman Otis in Superman and Superman II, in addition to starring in Homicide: Life on the Street, The Rockford Files and the comedy Roseanne.
In 2010, Beatty voiced the character of villainous bear Lotso in Pixar’s animated film Toy Story 3.
Beatty is survived by his wife Sandra Johnson, his eight children and his grandchildren.