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An instantly recognizable character actor, Ed Lauter was born Oct. 30, 1938, in Long Beach, N.Y. Before breaking into television in 1971 and films a year later, he earned a living as a stand-up comic.

Working steadily throughout his career, Lauter tackled an eclectic range of parts -- from father figures to con artists to cops -- but he was most effective at playing heavies. Perhaps best known among those roles was his turn as a sadistic prison guard opposite Burt Reynolds in The Longest Yard (1974). Lauter's impressive résumé also includes memorable performances in Family Plot (1976), Death Wish 3 (1985), Seabiscuit (2003) and the Oscar-winning film The Artist (2011).

On the small screen, Lauter racked up a long list of credits as a guest star on such shows as "Mannix," "Miami Vice," "The X-Files," "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Office." Lauter died Oct. 16, 2013, at the age of 74.

Ed Lauter in The Longest Yard

The Longest Yard

1974 R

Burt Reynolds stars in this rough, hilarious comedy as washed-up National Football League quarterback Paul Crewe, who's sent to jail and forced to put together an inmate gridiron team to take on a group of cocky prison guards.

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