Ed Lauter, dead at age 74

Ed Lauter, a great character actor who was loved by critics and fans alike, has died. He was 74.

Whether seen in film or TV, Lauter's body of work was a vast array of genres and roles, from "Cujo." "My Blue Heaven," "Mulholland Falls," “Leaving Las Vegas,” “The Artist” and “Trouble With the Curve,” he always delivered a great performance.

Mr. Lauter died at his home in West Hollywood of mesothelioma on Wednesday, according to the LA Times.

One of our favorite moments in Mr. Lauter's career was from the 1974 prison picture “The Longest Yard” starring Burt Reynolds as a football player in jail. Mr. Lauter was cast as the sadistic Captain Knauer. He beats Reynolds’ character with a club before the big game.

The actor will last be seen in the 2014 release “The Town That Dreaded Sundown.”

The smallscreen saw Lauter in a recurring role on “ER” as Fire Captain Dannaker, and he was one of the stars of the 1991 Stephen King miniseries “Golden Years,” in which he played Gen. Louis Crewes.


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