Ned Beatty, indelible in ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Network’ dies at 83

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WESTWOOD, CA – MARCH 08: Actor Ned Beatty (R) and wife Sandra Johnson (L) arrive at the Paramount Pictures premiere of the film “Shooter” at the Mann Village Theatre on March 8, 2007 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) – Ned Beatty, the indelible character actor whose first film role as a genial vacationer raped by a backwoodsman in 1972′s “Deliverance” launched him on a long, prolific and accomplished career, has died. He was 83.

Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said he died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by friends and loved ones.

After years in regional theater, Beatty was cast in “Deliverance” as Bobby Trippe, the happy-go-lucky member of a male river-boating party terrorized by backwoods thugs. The scene in which Trippe is brutalized became the most memorable in the movie and established Beatty as an actor whose name moviegoers may not have known but whose face they always recognized.

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