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Ed Lauter


He became popular for his helping roles in Not really Another Teen Film as well as the Last American Hero. He received extra popularity for his shows in The Rocketeer, The A-Team, and ER. One of is own early movies was 1976’s Ruler Kong. He proceeded to go into stand-up humor before dealing with minor roles in a variety of films. He wedded his 4th wife, Machell Doreen Williams, on January 1, 2005. He is at the film Ruler Kong with Charles Grodin.

Quick Facts

Full Name Ed Lauter
Date Of Birth October 30, 1938
Died October 16, 2013, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Long Beach, NY
Height 1.88 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education CW Post College, Herbert Berghoff Studios
Nationality American
Spouse Marchell Williams, Jennifer Holmes, Wanda Fulton
Parents Edward Matthew Lauter, Sally Lee
Movies Death Wish 3, Family Plot, The Artist, Trouble with the Curve, Cujo, The Longest Yard, Born on the Fourth of July, Not Another Teen Movie, Youngblood, Seabiscuit, The Rocketeer, King Kong, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise, Seraphim Falls, Death Hunt, Raw Deal, Breakheart Pass, The New Centurions, Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, The Number 23, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, French Connection II, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, My Blue Heaven, The Magnificent Seven Ride, Mulholland Falls, Real Genius, The Last American Hero, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, School Ties, Wagons East!, Dirty Little Billy, Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, Executive Action, Lolly-Madonna XXX, Gleaming the Cube, The White Buffalo, Thirteen Days, Lassiter, A Bright Shining Lie, Bad Company, The Midnight Man, Hickey & Boggs, The Amateur, The Chicken Chronicles, Go for Broke, Raven Hawk, The Big Score, Girl in the Cadillac, Magic, Last Hours Before Morning
TV Shows Golden Years, B. J. and the Bear, The B.J./Lobo Show
Star Sign Scorpio

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1Ed Lauter passed away on October 16, 2013, only two weeks from what would have been his 75th birthday on October 30.
2Survived by his fourth wife, Mia Lauter, and four children from previous marriages.
3Alfred Hitchcock had planned on using him, in 1979, for one of the leads in his latest film, "The Short Night", before it was canceled due to the director's declining health. Hitchcock had earlier directed him in his previous film, Family Plot (1976).
4His last name is pronounced "Law-ter".
5Had appeared with Charles Bronson in four films: Death Wish 3 (1985), Death Hunt (1981), The White Buffalo (1977) and Breakheart Pass (1975).
6Cousin of the late actress and singer Elaine Stritch.
7Was set to co-star in what would have been Alfred Hitchcock's next film, "The Short Night", in 1980.
8Received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from C.W. Post College.
9Spent two years in the United States Army.
10Attended C.W. Post College on a sports scholarship where he played baseball, football and basketball.
11Made his Broadway debut in 1970 in the play "The Great White Hope".
12Studied drama at the Herbert Berghof School.
13Besides Burt Reynolds, he was the only other actor to appear in both The Longest Yard (1974) and The Longest Yard (2005).
14Worked as a stand-up comedian before entering films.
15Parents are Edward Matthew and Sally Lee Lauter.



Chocolate News2008TV SeriesJack Cagney
Cold Case2008TV SeriesShep 'Mack' McAvoy '08
Operation Shock and Awe... some2008ShortThe General
Something's Wrong in Kansas2008Amos
Camille2008/ISheriff Steiner
The American Standards2008Harry
The Prince and the Pauper: The Movie2007VideoPop
The Number 232007Father Sebastian
Seraphim Falls2006Parsons
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby2006John Hanafin (uncredited)
Love Hollywood Style2006Lawrence
The Lost2006/IIEd Anderson
Solace2006ShortDr. Marrow
Purple Heart2005Civilian
Into the Fire2005TV MovieCaptain Dave Cutler
Brothers in Arms2005Mayor Crawley
The Longest Yard2005Duane
NYPD Blue2005TV SeriesJerry Rasmussen
Venice Underground2005Capt. John Sullivan
JAG2004TV SeriesGeneral Hughes
Art Heist2004Victor Boyd
Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation2004VideoGen. Jack Gordon Shepherd
Grandpa's Place2004Grandpa
The Librarians2003John Strong
Nobody Knows Anything!2003Gun Expert
Seabiscuit2003Charles Strub
Gentleman B.2003Harry Koslow
Kingpin2003TV Mini-Series
Go for Broke2002Warden Lessen
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2002TV SeriesBarclay Tobin
ER1998-2002TV SeriesFire Captain Dannaker
Not Another Teen Movie2001The Coach
Charmed2001TV SeriesSutter
Knight Club2001Fire Marshall
Thirteen Days2000Gen. Marshall Carter
Python2000TV MoviePilot
Farewell, My Love2000Sergei Karpov
Civility2000Detective Erickson
Law & Order2000TV SeriesDefense Counsel
Out in Fifty1999Ed Walker
The Magnificent Seven1999TV SeriesHank Conley
Night of Terror1999VideoFather Connelly
Dollar for the Dead1998TV MovieJacob Colby
A Bright Shining Lie1998TV MovieGeneral Weyand
Millennium1998TV SeriesWarden Kellard
Walker, Texas Ranger1997TV SeriesSilas Bedoe
Under Wraps1997TV MovieKubat
Allie & Me1997Detective Frank Richards
Married to a Stranger1997TV MovieHarry, Megan's Father
Top of the World1997/IIMel Ridgefield
Childhood Sweetheart?1997TV MovieSheriff Bowman
Coyote Summer1996Mitchell Foster
The Sweeper1996VideoMolls
For Which He Stands1996Gaming Commission Chairman
Mulholland Falls1996Earl
Raven Hawk1996TV MovieSheriff Daggert
Rattled1996TV MovieMurray Hendershot
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues1996TV SeriesPaladin
Mercenary1996VideoJack Cochran
Breach of Trust1995Colin Kreuger
Working for Harry1995ShortEddie
Girl in the Cadillac1995Ben Wilmer
Leaving Las Vegas1995Mobster #3
Digital Man1995General Roberts
The Tuskegee Airmen1995TV MovieGeneral Stevenson
Trial by Jury1994John Boyle
Wagons East1994John Slade
Highlander1994TV SeriesAvery Hoskins
Birdland1994TV SeriesCapt. John Swede
Secret Sins of the Father1994TV MovieArnold Carter
Under Investigation1993VideoCaptain Maguire
The X-Files1993TV SeriesLt. Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt
True Romance1993Police Captain Quiggle (uncredited)
Extreme Justice1993Captain Shafer
The Return of Ironside1993TV MovieChief Bell
Homicide: Life on the Street1993TV SeriesGruszynski
Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders1993TV MovieGlen Emory
Renegade1992TV SeriesJack Barnell
School Ties1992Alan Greene
Judgement1992Dallas Hale
Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story1992TV MovieLieutenant Driscoll
Star Trek: The Next Generation1992TV SeriesLt. Cmdr. Albert
Golden Years1991TV SeriesGen. Louis Crewes
The Rocketeer1991Fitch
Kojak: Flowers for Matty1990TV MoviePolice Armorer
Monsters1990TV SeriesMalcolm
My Blue Heaven1990/IUnderwood
Father Dowling Mysteries1990TV SeriesRex Burnham
Born on the Fourth of July1989Legion Commander
Booker1989TV SeriesKendall
Fat Man and Little Boy1989Whitney Ashbridge
Tennessee Waltz1989
Gleaming the Cube1989Mr. Kelly
Goodbye, Miss 4th of July1988TV Movie
The Equalizer1987-1988TV SeriesRobert Nichols / Walter Rowan
Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise1987Buzz
Murder, She Wrote1987TV SeriesSheriff Orville Yates
Ohara1987TV SeriesVanders
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1986TV SeriesCoach Gruniger
Miami Vice1986TV SeriesCapt. Cahill
Firefighter1986TV MovieB.C. Thompson
The Last Days of Patton1986TV MovieDr. Lt.Col. Paul S. Hill
Raw Deal1986Baker
Screen Two1986TV SeriesJerry Tyler
Youngblood1986Murray Chadwick
The Defiant Ones1986TV MovieSheriff Leroy Doyle
Our Family Honor1985TV SeriesRay Wilfong
Death Wish 31985Richard Shriker
Real Genius1985David Decker
Girls Just Want to Have Fun1985Col. Glenn
Crazy Like a Fox1984TV Series
The Cartier Affair1984TV MovieLyndon Dean
The Three Wishes of Billy Grier1984TV MovieMr. Grier
Finders Keepers1984Josef Sirola
Automan1984TV SeriesMichael Hagedorn
The A-Team1983-1984TV SeriesMajor Douglas Kyle / Sheriff Hank Thompson
The Yellow Rose1984TV SeriesCal Everett
CBS Schoolbreak Special1984TV SeriesBuddy Evans
The Seduction of Gina1984TV MovieCarl
Nickel Mountain1984W.D. Freund
Magnum, P.I.1983TV SeriesCaptain Quintin
The Big Score1983Parks
Manimal1983TV SeriesCol. Hunt
Hardcastle and McCormick1983TV SeriesRick Vetromile
Cujo1983Joe Camber
Eureka1983Charles Perkins
St. Elsewhere1983TV SeriesStan Morgen
Simon & Simon1983TV SeriesCol. Lawrence Grayson
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann1982Padre
Rooster1982TV MovieJack Claggert
In the Custody of Strangers1982TV MovieJudge Halloran
The Amateur1981Anderson
Nero Wolfe1981TV SeriesClay Baylor
Death Hunt1981Hazel
Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story1980TV MovieFrank Morris
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones1980TV MovieJim Jones, Sr.
B.J. and the Bear1979-1980TV SeriesCaptain John Sebastian Cain Sheriff John Sebastian Cain
The Boy Who Drank Too Much1980TV MovieGus Carpenter
Hawaii Five-O1980TV SeriesJonas Halloran
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1979TV SeriesCaptain John Sebastian Cain
Undercover with the KKK1979TV MovieRaleigh Porter
Love's Savage Fury1979TV MovieSergeant Weed
The Jericho Mile1979TV MovieJerry Beloit
Greatest Heroes of the Bible1978TV SeriesUlarat
The Clone Master1978TV MovieBender
Coming Attractions1978Sheriff Bob
How the West Was Won1978TV SeriesMartin Stillman
The Rockford Files1977TV SeriesJoseph Bloomberg
The Chicken Chronicles1977Mr. Nastase
The White Buffalo1977Tom Custer
Charlie's Angels1977TV SeriesLt. Howard Fine
The Oregon Trail1977TV Series
King Kong1976Carnahan
Family Plot1976Joseph Maloney
Police Story1976TV SeriesRalph Coleman / Joseph Kinsella
Breakheart Pass1975Maj. Claremont
French Connection II1975General Brian
Last Hours Before Morning1975TV MovieBud Delaney
Baretta1975TV SeriesEd Borgue
A Shadow in the Streets1975TV MovieSiggy Taylor
Satan's Triangle1975TV MovieStrickland
Kate McShane1975TV Series
The Godchild1974TV MovieCrees
The New Land1974TV Series
The Longest Yard1974Captain Knauer
Kojak1974TV SeriesFloyd
The Waltons1974TV SeriesHyder Rudge
The Midnight Man1974Leroy
The Migrants1974TV MovieMr. Barlow
Executive Action1973Operations Chief - Team A
The Last American Hero1973Burton Colt
Class of '631973TV MovieDave McKay
Lolly-Madonna XXX1973Hawk Feather
The Streets of San Francisco1972-1973TV SeriesDr. Joseph Ford / Doctor Joseph Ford
Ironside1972TV SeriesNewton
Dirty Little Billy1972Tyler
Bad Company1972Orin (as Edward Lauter)
Hickey & Boggs1972Ted
The New Centurions1972Galloway
The Magnificent Seven Ride!1972Scott Elliot
Cannon1972TV SeriesDeputy
Longstreet1971-1972TV SeriesUniformed Officer / Detective
Mannix1971TV SeriesSergeant
The Beautiful Ones2016completedDante Tancredi
Becker's FarmdelayedMr. McCloud
Chief Zabu2016Skip Keisel
Blind Pass2015Pastor
The Town That Dreaded Sundown2014Sheriff Underwood
Shameless2012-2013TV SeriesDick Healey
The Office2013TV SeriesSam Stone, Sr.
Trouble with the Curve2012Max
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas2012Jim Fitzgerald
Carnal Innocence2011TV MovieAustin Hatinger
The Artist2011/IPeppy's Butler
Psych2009-2010TV SeriesDeputy Commissioner Ed Dykstra
The Prometheus Project2010Dr. Walton
Taken by Force2010Lt. Singer
Expecting a Miracle2009TV MovieWalter Enright
Grey's Anatomy2008TV SeriesTimothy Miller



Q N' A with Mikki and Shay2013TV SeriesHimself
Casting By2012DocumentaryHimself
iN Deep2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
MKP Celebrity Talk2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Frankenheimer in Focus2009Video documentaryHimself
Behind the Scenes of 'Seraphim Falls'2007Video documentary shortHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside the Federation2004Video documentary shortHimself
Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis2001Video documentaryLt. General Marshall Carter
The Moviemakers1973Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)

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20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
B.J. and the Bear1979TV SeriesCaptain John Sebastian Cain

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1[on Lee Marvin] I'd given him a book by H.L. Mencken and he sent me one back, and I opened it and he'd written inside "To Ed, for more joy, Lee Marvin." I rang him up and thanked him so much and he said "I'm glad you got it. You know why I wrote it in pencil don't you? So you can erase it if you don't like your books being blemished.".
2[on Alfred Hitchcock] He didn't care for Montgomery Clift. He didn't like the way he'd act one way in the master and a completely different way in the close-ups. He just couldn't match it, you know?
3[on meeting David Niven] I was really starstruck... He was through shooting for the day so I asked him if we could just take a walk around the Warners' lot and he agreed. And I was so pleased I was going to get some tips from a real star. And, as we walked, he said to me, "Remember, get every penny you can from the sons-of-bitches.".
4[on playing villains or otherwise unsavory authority figures] I like those roles. Lee Marvin once told me, "When you play a heavy, every once in a while make the audience like you a little bit." Then they'll think, "Wait a minute, he's not such a bad guy. Did you see the way he petted that dog?".
5One of the tools that an actor has - and it's a trite thing, but you can really use it a lot - is imagination. Really important. And New York City was was a great place for me to grow up because I had so many characters to study. I didn't grow up in Oklahoma and then move to the city as an adult and suddenly say, "I want to be an actor." I was around actors all of the time. I was around interesting people - the people of the city.
6[on his status as a "recognizable" character actor] Recognizable, but sometimes people don't know my name. They'll say, "Oh, yeah! There's that guy! You were in... Jesus Christ... you were in... in..." So in a way it's good - and in a way it's bad.
7[his definition of a character actor] Someone who's most usually not an 8x10 glossy. You know, not a Steve Stunning. They're characters.

1Often played unsavory authority figures
2Often played menacing, sinister villains

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