So sad! After a TV and film career that stretches back 50 years, Ed Lauter passed away on Oct. 16 from mesothelioma — a rare form of cancer.
Renowned character actor and comedian, Ed Lauter died at the age of 74. The actor, who was known for his roles in the original The Longest Yard, as well as Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Family Plot, was survived by his wife Mia Lauter and four children.
Ed Lauter Dies
Ed’s face was one of the most recognizable in the industry.
Ed’s publicist, Edward Lozzi, confirmed his death caused by the rare cancer, one most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. However, before his death, he had quite the career.
He was working on various projects before his death, but his latest role was in 2011’s Oscar-winning film, The Artist, in which he played a butler. Previous to that, he played Burt Reynold‘s enemy in the original film, The Longest Yard.
He was also a friend to Alfred Hitchcock. After starring in his film, The Family Plot, they formed a great relationship. The famed director asked him to star in his next film, The Short Night. However, Hitchcock died before the film went into production.
Ed Lauter’s Amazing Personality
Ed’s other recent projects include roles in Psych, Trouble with the Curve and The Office. He also completed the film Blind Pass, which has not yet been released.
The actor also had a great knack for impressions.
“He was a pal, not just a PR client,” his publicist told The Hollywood Reporter. “His former stand-up comedy days would always entertain us behind the scenes with his most incredible impersonations. He called me as Clint Eastwood from the set of Trouble With the Curve last year. We really thought it was Eastwood!”
We are keeping Ed’s family and friends in our thoughts during this time.
— Emily Longeretta