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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 Seabiscuit


2003 PG-13

A knobble-kneed colt becomes a winning thoroughbred at the hands of its owner, its unorthodox trainer and its jockey, a half-blind ex-prizefighter, in this Depression-era drama based on the true story of champion racehorse Seabiscuit.

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