( b. Oct 30, 1938 Long Beach, New York, USA - d. Oct 16, 2013 West Hollywood, California, USA ) Male
Ed Lauter was a character actor whose long, angular face and stern bearing in scores of roles made him an instantly recognizable figure in movies and on television for five decades.
He began his career doing comedy on and around Long Island. After serving in the Army, he appeared on Broadway in The Great White Hope, with James Earl Jones.
Menacing characters were his forte. He was the brutal prison guard and Burt Reynolds's nemesis in the 1974 comedy-drama "The Longest Yard" and the sleazy gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock's last film, "Family Plot" (1976). In "Death Wish 3" (1985), he was the violent police officer who teamed up with Charles Bronson's vigilante to rid New York City's streets of criminals by killing them.
More recently he was the butler to the ingénue played by Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist," which won the Oscar for best film in 2012.
His numerous other movies included Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July," with Tom Cruise; "The New Centurions," with George C. Scott; and the comedies "My Blue Heaven," "Revenge of the Nerds II" and "Not Another Teen Movie." His television credits included "The Office," "ER," "Murder, She Wrote" and "The Rockford Files."
Source: The New York Times obit