Ed Lauter, Familiar Character Actor, Dies

Dozens of small roles on TV shows over four decades

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The longtime character actor Ed Lauter died Wednesday at age 74 from a rare cancer, his publicist told The Hollywood Reporter. Though his name may not be all that recognizable, his face is: Lauter had dozens of small roles on TV shows throughout his four-decade career, including Charlie’s AngelsMagnum P.I.Miami ViceThe X-FilesLaw and OrderE.R. and Grey’s Anatomy.

He also graced the big screen with performances as Captain Knauer in The Longest Yard and Peppy’s butler in the Oscar-winning The Artist. He shot three movies that have yet to be released and will hit theaters in the next two years.

[The Hollywood Reporter]