Beatty was one of the best stars of the 1970s and has appeared in over 160 films.
His manager Deborah Miller revealed that the actor passed away on Sunday, surrounded by family and loved ones at his Los Angeles home. According to a statement, Beatty’s family have decided to keep the details of her death private for now.
“Ned is an iconic and legendary talent, as well as a dear friend, and he will be missed by all of us,” his family said in a statement.
One of Beatty’s most iconic roles comes from the 1972 film Issuance, where he played an executive named Bobby Trippe who was forced to undress at gunpoint by two mountain men who humiliate and rape him.
The scene was so shocking at the time that it is still referred to as an “on-screen milestone”.
Another of his most memorable performances was as Lex Luthor’s goofy henchman Otis in the 1978 film. Superman and the 80s Superman II.
Quoting Beatty’s most famous speech from Network, author and journalist Nick Milligan wrote on Twitter: “’You meddled with the primitive forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won’t get it!’
“From his intrepid debut on the big screen in Issuance to the awkward Otis in Superman, #NedBeatty was a chameleon actor. His monologue in Network is one of the greatest moments in cinema. Period. “
The Kentucky-based actor has also been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a Golden Globe Award; he also won a Drama Desk Award.
His most recent roles were from 2010 to 2013, starting with the thriller The killer in me which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
He voiced the main antagonist L’ours Lots-O’-Huggin’ in the 2010sToy Story 3. In 2011, Beatty worked with actor Johnny Depp in the computer animated film Rang where he played the role of the antagonist.
His last film before retirement was comedy Baggage claim in 2013.
California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring wrote on Twitter: “Saddened to hear of actor Ned Beatty’s passing. I especially liked him in his role as Dean Martin College administrator in Back to school, one of the best comedies of all time.
“A quick little classic Superman tribute style to the passing of Ned Beatty who I first saw as a child as Lex Luthor’s goofy henchman Otis. RIP to a classic character actor! wrote another Twitter user.
“I’m sure Christopher Reeve was there to welcome Ned Beatty to the afterlife. Superman and Otis reunited. Rest In Peace #NedBeatty, ”wrote another fan.