Ed Lauter
1938 - 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74.

Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi.

Whether he was an irascible authority figure, a brutal thug or a conniving con man, Lauter's presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in. That was so even on those occasions when he was playing a character more bumbling than menacing, although menacing was clearly his forte.

He was the brutal prison guard who was Burt Reynolds' nemesis in the 1974 comedy-drama "The Longest Yard" and the sleazy gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock's last film, "The Family Plot." In "Death Wish 3," he was the violent cop who teams with Charles Bronson's vigilante to rid New York City's streets of criminals, not by incarcerating them but by killing them.

More recently he was the butler to Berenice Bejo's French ingenue in the 2011 Oscar-winning film "The Artist."

Lauter described himself in a 2010 interview with Cinema Shock magazine as a "turn" actor, someone who shows up at some point in the film and suddenly turns the plot in a different direction.

He credited the cast of real-life characters he grew up observing in his native Long Beach, New York, as inspiring many of the characters he would go on to portray.

He laughed at being someone frequently recognized in public for his roles.

"But sometimes people don't know my name," he said. "They'll say, 'Oh, yeah! There's that guy! You were in ... you were in ... "

He was in "Trouble With the Curve" in 2011 with Clint Eastwood and in "Born on the Fourth of July" with Tom Cruise. He was also in "The New Centurions" with George C. Scott and in "My Blue Heaven," ''Revenge of the Nerds 2" and "Not Another Teenage Movie," among many other films.

TV appearances included "The Office," ''ER," ''Murder, She Wrote" and "The Rockford Files."

Among his favorite roles, he said in 2010, was "The Longest Yard."

He recalled that director Robert Aldrich told him he didn't have to read for the part but would have to accompany Aldrich to a nearby park so the director could ensure that he could throw a football like a quarterback would. When he hit former NFL receiver Pat Studstill, who was a stuntman in the movie, right in his jersey number with the first pass, Lauter said Aldrich told him he had the job.

Lauter, who continued to work until a few months ago, had completed roles in several films still to be released.

He is survived his wife, Mia, and four children.

JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

Copyright © 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Oct. 16, 2013.
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October 11, 2019
A belated farewell my friend. Thanks for the memories and encouragement ! Rip Ed
Nancy Hawthorne
September 14, 2019
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the Family's...My condolences to the lauter Family's..
August 1, 2018
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
October 16, 2017
Rest Ed, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.
Harry Simpson
March 19, 2017
I am a little bit late to this site. I was a little surprised to hear of Mr. Lauter's passing. He always seemed so strong and healthy in his many roles on screen. I saw him in so many movies. He was so versatile, as well as being so good at his profession. He was a credit to his craft and leaves a terrific legacy. My belated condolences to his family.
Mike Hillman
November 9, 2016
Valenda Newell
July 17, 2016
I was friends with Ed, everytime I saw him on the screen/tv I couldn't tell you why but "The Rockford Files" comes to mind and so does Charles Bronson in the DW#3.he was just enjoyable to watch.
May God Bless you his family and thank you for sharing him with us.

TonyW.Lee (Poplar Bluff.MO).
October 16, 2015
May God be for you a refuge and supply you with strength, comfort, and peace to endure in the days ahead.
April 7, 2015
Jeez only found out few days ago this iconic actor is no more.But his legend lives on.RIP
Tariq Ali
October 30, 2014
so very sorry to hear of your loss
debi mcclain
March 23, 2014
i wss friends with ed and marni when they lived in hasbrouck heights in the mid 80s. Ameka and Anton were toddlers and Ed was always a sweetheart. We went to each other's parties and ppl always recognized him and he could not have been kinder or more generous. He would see them a few times each summer when we had parties at our cottage in Pines Lake NJ and would always remember their names. Very talented and lovely man. Gone way too soon. Chris and Jim Breit
January 2, 2014
I worked with Ed Lauter on the film YOUNGBLOOD (with Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, and Cynthia Gibb). Ed was a prince of a guy! A consummate actor and professional with an amazingly strong constitution... so I couldn't believe it when I saw this news. He was too young, too strong, too solid. My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and friends.
Lynn Isenberg
December 11, 2013
To the Family: I have watched Ed for many years, man and boy, and I found myself looking forward to his next appearance. He did a great job of acting, and I am sure touched the lives of many, giving them happiness. Thanks!
Bob Strickland
December 11, 2013
I can't believe Ed is gone. His energy, just his smile, laughter and those amazing stories. I will deeply miss him.
Don Camp
November 11, 2013
October 30, 2013
Happy Birthday Daddy. You almost made it to 75!! Thank you for always making me laugh and never ceasing to brighten my days. You now are gone from this lifetime but never forgotten. Rest in Peace.

Love your first born,
Emma Lauter
October 29, 2013
Hi Dad,

I just cant believe your gone. Im still in shock. I love you so much. You gave me such beautiful memories to always remember you by. You were really one of a kind. I looked up to you Dad in more ways than one.

This isnt the end only the beginning and its just matter of time until we see each other again.

Love your son,
October 25, 2013
Please accept my Deepest Sympathies
Scott Chamberland
October 25, 2013
I will miss you Ed.we had many laughs and good times together over the last 60 years.You will be missed. God Bless
Irwin Levine
October 23, 2013
Ed was a great actor and i'm sure he will be missed. His standout to me was in the movie 'Cujo'
Kathy Turkington
October 22, 2013
I am sorry for your loss. Please find peace and comfort in knowing God cares for you and will help you in your time of need. At 1 Pet. 5:7, He invites you to "throw all your anxiety upon Him." Continue to rely on Him for strength during this difficult time.
October 21, 2013

Deepest sympathies - always enjoyed his talent.....he will be so missed. J Brock
October 21, 2013
RIP Ed.....you will be remembered and you will be missed.....you were an awesome actor...I enjoyed your movies.....prayers for the family...Angels Among Us...
Kathy & Buddy & Our Cat Family
October 20, 2013
Ed was a great character actor because he was a great character! Avis K. (NYC)
October 20, 2013
To The Lauter Family:

I had the honor and privilege of meeting Ed in Chicago several years ago and he couldn't have been nicer. Saw many of his films, from "The Longest Yard" to "Youngblood" and he was one of the finest character actors to ever grace the screen.

Please accept my condolences and thank you for sharing him with so many over the years.
Dave Mann
October 20, 2013
My condolences to Ed and his family. Ed was a great actor but I will always remember him as Betty's little brother. I also lived in the west end of long beach.
Marilyn D'Ambrosio Zetner
October 20, 2013
You be miss dearly and great actor and you movie or tv show was good.rest in peace I are free of pain now
Rosalie Marie Sylvester
October 20, 2013
michelle plakas-kaiser
October 19, 2013
I will miss him in the movies. One of the best character actors ever.
October 19, 2013
I will miss you my dear friend. Rest in peace.

October 19, 2013
May the eternal light shine upon him.....
James Willner
October 18, 2013
Lauter family my deepest sympathy. I enjoyed watching Mr lauter in many films. Peace to your family.
carolyn Stacy
October 18, 2013
To the family
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers will be with all of you. May you be comforted by the words of Revelatio21:4.
October 18, 2013
Ed was a friend to everyone of us in the Long Beach High School in Long Beach, New York. He will be surely missed. My wife Cori and I had the pleasure to see him in several Broadway shows, besides his motion picture and TV appearances. We were always on the lookout for him. It was so nice to have been able to be with him at our 50th high school reunion in 2006. He was on the LongBeach High School 1955 basketball team that won the Long Island South Shore Championship.His shirt Number was 25.
Our condolences to his family and close friends.
Dear Ed - Rest in Peace.
Don & Cori Wrobel
October 18, 2013
I'll miss you Eddie...Rennie Leone, Long Beach, N. Y. .
October 18, 2013
October 18, 2013
I remember Ed from Finders Keepers aka Cash cash. I was in Casting in Vancouver for that Film. Ed was a very quiet individual on set as I recall. I am sorry to hear of his passing only two days ago. All thye best to the Family and my sincere condolences. Yours, Robert Milicevic from Windsor Ontario Canada/Detroit.
Robert Milicevic
October 18, 2013
A good actor, you either loved or hated his roles. I will never forget him as captain Kanauer in Longest Yard. RIP buddy.
Tom James
October 18, 2013
God bless you and your loved ones ~ Rest in peace.
Jane Dowling
October 18, 2013
He will be missed! My sympathy to his family.
Sally Blanton
October 18, 2013
HE Will Raise You Up On Eagle's Wings,

Bear You On The Breath Of Dawn,

Make You To Shine Like The Sun,

And Hold You In The Palm Of HIS Hand.

An Old Friend
Noel Ballatin
October 18, 2013
If Ed Lauter hadn't been born, he would have to have been invented. He was a great actor, whether you loved his characters, or hated them. Whether he was bad guy persona with a heart of gold, or the consummate "second fiddle" guy, I loved watching him on the screen.

Rest easy, Mr. Lauter. You've entertained millions, and the world is a better place for your having lived.
Dennis Brown
October 18, 2013
Ed was pivotal in his favorite movie cast "Longest Yard"
Daved Wachsman
October 18, 2013
I had the privilege of meeting him one time in a supermarket in Long Beach, California and he was so cool about me recognizing him! He will be missed by every fan and I pray that God gives his family comfort in this trying time.
T.L. Norwalk, CA.
October 18, 2013
God will comfort you during your time of sorrow. Isaiah 61:1,2.
October 18, 2013
I didn't know Mr. Lauter but he was well like by his friends and relatives.The Book of John11:11, 13, 14 it says -that you will see your friend again I hope this is comforting to all who read my message because the Bible has hope.
Eleanor kagonyera
October 17, 2013
I always enjoyed his work. He'll be missed.
October 17, 2013
God bless you Ed.
You were a great actor.
I met you years ago at an open house at Valencia Valley School. My kids are in their late 20's now, so had to be a lot of years ago.
May you rest in peace and may God comfort your family.
Sally Bond
October 17, 2013
thank you for being a great character to watch. You truly added the concrete to so many plots and scenes. There is no better way to live then on your own terms doing the best you can what God gave you. A true "turn" actor. Thank you
andrew Browne
October 17, 2013
my condolences to the family sorry to hear about your loss

from dr.fly great fan
b. waddey sr
October 17, 2013
RIP Ed, and may God grant you eternal rest and peace. Thanks for bringing light and laughter to so many who have watched you for decades.
October 17, 2013
he was a great actor played in a lot of movies he will be missed now he is with god
ronnie browning
October 17, 2013
Happy journey into the next life, Ed. Know that your life here has been fully recognized and appreciated and that you will be missed. And thanks to Mia for giving you so much pleasure. Your friend, Francesca Daniels, Beverly Hills, CA
Francesca Daniels
October 17, 2013
Ed was a sweet guy. he and I lived on Georgia Ave. and played ball together on courts and the beach. I am really sorry that he is gone.
He was a favorite of Bob Gersten, the basketball coach.
Stephen Davis
October 17, 2013
We'll miss you !
Adrian Barnette
October 17, 2013
May this candle send prayers and blessings to Mr. Lauter's family, friends and fans. Thank you to the Lauter Family for sharing Ed; his tremendous talent in films and movies. He will be missed. Rest in Peace and Thank You.
October 17, 2013
I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words written at (Jeremiah 29:11,12)
October 17, 2013
God bless you and your family, you will be missed.
charleen hampton
October 17, 2013
Ed and I were classmates from the 5th grade through HS graduation. He was a great guy - and a wonderful actor.

I last saw him in Santa Fe, NM about 6 years ago when he was there making a movie starring Liam Neeson. Ed, Liam, my wife and I chatted for almost an hour - and Liam commented that Ed was someone he respected as an actor.

I am deeply saddened by Ed's passing. My sincere condolences to his family.

I.Neulight (CO)
October 17, 2013
Ed was easily recognizable and always acted the part of who he played. Many actors today can only play themselves.

He seemed easy to relate to and struck me as one of those actors you'd enjoy meeting. Had the opportunity to meet Clint Eastwood many years ago skiing and it was lots of fun. Wish I had a venue to have told Ed how much I enjoyed many of his roles. RIP big guy.
October 17, 2013
My deep Condolences to the family. God has made a promise to bring our loved ones back to us.
October 17, 2013
Sincerest condolences and best wishes to Mr. Lauter's family and friends. We are among his many, many fans; he was a great actor and I am sure a great man. He will be missed greatly
Ben and Laura Gardiner
October 17, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Matthew McGuire
October 17, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
G. Freeman
October 17, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
October 17, 2013
I enjoyed Mr. Lauter's acting in so many television shows and movies. God bless you and rest in peace.
Stephanie James
October 17, 2013
Whatever his role he was tops.... Thanks Mr. Lauter for sharing your talent. My sympathy to your family in their loss.
Agnes Jones
October 17, 2013
It's unfortunate that Mr.Lauter has died he was remarkable actor, and put everything he had in all of his films. My prayers are with his family during this time of bereavement.
October 17, 2013
Valerie Levene
October 17, 2013
Blessed be his memory. Good man, fine actor.
John D
October 17, 2013
Loved your work Ed. You were one of the best supporting actors of all time. I especially enjoyed your work as Brendan Fraser's father in School Ties. The fatherly advise you gave him about life and respecting his roots sounded heartfelt and part of your personal makeup. RIP Dear Sir.
Tom Rudar
October 17, 2013
Was one of my Favorite Character Actors. He will be Missed. Condolences to the family
Robert Yamin
October 17, 2013
A great entertainer...Rest In Peace...loved that smile...

V.Coates Columbus OH
October 17, 2013
Wow, Ed was in films and TV for 30 yearshe will be missed Joe
October 17, 2013
I will miss his smile. Thanks for making us a part of your world thru TV and movies....Ed will be truly missed by all that knew him....Bless his family and friends....
October 17, 2013
God bless ED.
October 17, 2013
We are going to miss you Eddie. From The Staff and your friends at Caffe Carrera Restaurant in LA.
Abraham C
October 17, 2013
I enjoyed your work.
Wilma Lang
October 17, 2013
Heaven has picked up a terrific actor while Hollywood will not be the same without you. I just watched "The Longest Yard" last night with my son and am shocked by your passing. My thoughts and prayers to your family.
Dave Reich
October 17, 2013
The world has truly lost an amazing actor. I will personally miss him and his contributions to the movie industry. To the family; I lost my Dad to mesothelioma in June of 2006 and I know how terrible this disease is. God bless each of you and may He give each of you the strength and comfort needed at this time.
Kenneth Mills
October 17, 2013
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
October 17, 2013
RIP--- A Great actor and original tough guy. Will be sorely missed , brought me great joy and laughter. Condolences to all the family and loved ones. And also to all of us.
October 17, 2013
God Bless Eddie Lauter, may he rest in peace. From The Gornik and Drucker Barber Shop in Beverly Hills.
William Gornik
October 17, 2013
We're all going to miss you Ed. You were the guy we loved to hate. Your acting chops brought great enjoyment to my entire family for many years. RIP
Steve Little
October 17, 2013
You were one cool dude! Too bad you didn't shoot Burt Reynolds in "The Longest Yard."
Ricky Ricardo
October 17, 2013
I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Lauter's passing. I have enjoyed watching him so many movies and tv shows, he will be greatly missed. My prayers are with his family.
Linda Jackson
October 17, 2013
Sincere condolences to wife Mia and children-May his family find comfort in the days and months ahead-he is in my maternal McKenna family tree,
Sheila Mary
October 17, 2013
How wonderful you were; sympathies to your family and fans.
louise wisinski
October 17, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
b davis
October 17, 2013
Another one of my favorite actors is gone. He did an outstanding job playing the role of Frank Lee Morris is ALCATRAZ - THE WHOLE SHOCKING STORY. It is with sadness that his name is added to those actors from that movie who have preceeded him in death.
Clarence (Joe) Carnes
October 17, 2013
I enjoyed his character in Wagon's East.
George Kamor
October 17, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Phillip Stewart
October 17, 2013
May God give you all peace and comfort during this most difficult time. Mr. Lauter was a fine actor who will be remembered by many fans in the coming years. Looking forward to seeing him in his movies yet to be released.
Romie Bostick
October 17, 2013
Ed was one of my fathers best friends since childhood and never forgot where he came from or his old friends. A few of the old guys from his childhood got together recently in the carolinas and played golf and had a lot of laughs... Ed was a very funny guy......and unlike most of his "bad guy" characters, was a very sincere and warm hearted man. My dad told me that on the first day of their golf trip Ed bought one of those visors with the spiked hair and wore it the entire 4 days.....even out to dinner....he liked having hair on top of his head for a change....as I said he was a funny and fun man. I am terribly saddened to hear of his passing too soon. My sincerest condolences to his wife Mia and his four children. Peace, Michael Glynn
October 17, 2013
God Bless a great actor, and a man I was always glad to see in movies. As he said in the last line of "The Longest Yard",.."Game Ball"! Keep playing Ed. You were great at it.
Steve Savage
October 17, 2013
R.I.P. Mr. Lauter
Latonia Hill
October 17, 2013
My condolences to the family
May the God of comfort provide you with the strength needed to cope with your loss.
October 17, 2013
Another Soldier Gone Home!
Deborah Banks
October 17, 2013
My first movie role was in "The Midnight Man" directed by Burt Lancaster. Ed was in that too. We did a scene together. He had very good instincts as an actor and could play anything. He was what all character actors should aspire to be. He was also a gentleman both on the set and off. Rest in peace, my friend.
Walter Durst
October 17, 2013
I remember Ed Lauter from Midnight Man, shot partly in Anderson, S.C.The crew rented cars from us. He seemed like a nice man. God will comfort the family and may he rest in peace.
Mike Grayson
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