Across the worlds of Hollywood, media, politics and even sports, the praises for actor Ned Beatty were universal.
Fans and friends and particularly film geeks took to social media to offer their remembrances of a kind man who transformed every role into something special.
Along the way, he created some of the most memorable work in Hollywood over the last 50 years, dating as far back as a 1955 part in TV’s long-running Gunsmoke up to his unforgettable film debut in 1972’s Deliverance.
Along the way, he more than earned his title as “The busiest actor in Hollywood,” doing multiple projects each year in film, television and the stage.
A few of the early reactions to news of his passing below. We will update as more come in.
‘Network’ & ‘Superman’ Actor Ned Beatty Dead at 83 via @TMZ One of American Cinema’s greatest character actors..His epic monologue in “Network” Will forever be etched in movie history..RIP https://t.co/bIL8WVgwKe
— Michael Des Barres (@MDesbarres) June 13, 2021
Comedy legend Mel Brooks introduced a special screening of “Dolemite is My Name” this weekend – it may have been the highlight of our lives. Mel has been our hero since we were 10 – nobody we admire more. Writer/Director/Producer/Genius. Here’s an excerpt https://t.co/rqy529eBqz pic.twitter.com/rrKAy4JYp8
— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) December 15, 2019
Another huge loss for the acting community. https://t.co/iCDRicYQes
— Lance Henriksen (@lancehenriksen) June 13, 2021
Ned Beatty. Superb character actor – my fave being his brilliantness in NETWORK (one of the greatest screenplays and films of all time) So ahead of its time. And same for Mr. Beatty. RIP https://t.co/yzw05ip7zw
— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) June 13, 2021
RIP Ned Beatty. Gave voice to yet another Paddy Chayefsky prophecy that has come totally and terribly true. pic.twitter.com/hv0S6lFNEe
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 13, 2021
RIP Ned Beatty, so good in so many films pic.twitter.com/Tz6XbaIQac
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 13, 2021
Ned Beatty was an amazing actor.
Good in everything he was ever in.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) June 13, 2021