Actor Ed Lauter passed away aged 74 yesterday (16th Oct.) due to mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer usually caused by asbestos exposure, his publicist Edward Lozzi said, via The Telegraph. The New York-born star of the Oscar-winning movie, The Artist, enjoyed an acting career that spanned 45 years and he appeared in over 100 films.
Ed Lauter, Actor, Has Died.
A skilled actor and impersonator, Lauter was often cast as thug-like characters due to his angular face and bald head. He said of his typecasted roles: "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?'" via BBC News.
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