AceShowbiz - Ned Beatty has passed away at the age of 83. The death of the actor, who famously voiced the Lotso Bear character in "Toy Story 3", was confirmed by his manager who stated that it was due to natural causes.
The family of the Kentucky-born actor told TMZ that he died in his sleep on Sunday, June 13 while being surrounded by family at his home. Though no further information about the circumstances of his death was immediately available, the family declared that it was unrelated to COVID-19.
Following Ned's passing, stars and pals quickly took to social media to express their grief. Actor Ralph Macchio 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." "Aliens" actor Lance Henriksen also penned, "Another huge loss for the acting community."
In the meantime, "Sweet Home Alabama" screenwriter Douglas Eboch posted a tweet that read, "Ned Beatty was a fantastic actor with so many great credits and memorable roles. But I will always remember him for that time he dropped by burgers and beer night at my fraternity at USC." He continued praising the late actor, "He was so friendly and down to earth. RIP."
Ned was once described as "the busiest actor in Hollywood" with his career that lasted five decades. He made his acting debut in "Deliverance", but he was best renowned for his memorable monologue in "Network" from 1976. His role in the hit comedy-drama film earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 1976 Oscars.
The legendary actor also took part in hit productions including "Superman", "Friendly Fire", "All the President's Men", "Nashville", "Captain America", "Prelude to a Kiss", "Hear My Song" and "Shooter" as well as countless more.
Ned is survived by his wife, Sandra Johnson and his eight children as well as grandchildren.