Ned Beatty (born Louisville, Kentucky July 6, 1937 to Charles William Beatty and Margaret Lennis) is an American character actor, who has appeared in over 100 films. He is probably most recognized from his appearances as Lex Luthor's henchman Otis in Superman (1978), and as rape victim Bobby Trippe in Deliverance (1972) (his debut film). He also played a significant, ongoing role in the 1990s television police drama, Homicide: Life on the Street.
Beatty was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Network (1976). He has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe Award. In the award-winning 1991 British film, Hear My Song, he portrayed the singer Josef Locke.
In March of 2006, Beatty received the RiverRun International Film Festival's "Master of Cinema" award (the highest honor of the festival).