Superman actor, Ned Beatty dies at 83

Superman actor, Ned Beatty

The legendary character actor, Ned Beatty, who had memorable roles in classic dramas “Network,” “Nashville,” “Deliverance” and 1978’s “Superman,” has died age 83.

Beatty died early Sunday, in his Los Angeles home, surrounded by his family and loved ones, his manager Deborah Miller said in a statement to USA TODAY.

Superman actor, Ned Beatty

Beatty’s family decided to keep further details of his death private at this time, according to the statement.

“Ned is an iconic, legendary talent, as well as a dear friend, and he will be missed by us all,” the statement read.

Beatty’s first film role gained him lasting notice in the 1972 film “Deliverance” as one of four Georgia men who go on a harrowing canoe trip. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1976’s “Network,” played the bumbling Otis in 1978’s “Superman,” and had countless other theater, TV, and movie roles.