Ed Lauter Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Long Beach, Long Island, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (mesothelioma)
Birth NameEdward Matthew Lauter II
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Edward Matthew Lauter II was born on October 30, 1938 in Long Beach, New York. In a film career that extended for over four decades, Lauter starred in a plethora of film and television productions since making his big screen debut in the western Dirty Little Billy (1972). He portrayed an eclectic array of characters over the years, including (but not limited to), authority/military figures, edgy villains, and good-hearted heavies. Many will remember him for his appearance as the stern Captain Wilhelm Knauer in The Longest Yard (1974) (Lauter also made a cameo in the 2005 remake). Lauter also worked with Alfred Hitchcock, Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Jim Carrey and Liam Neeson. With a face that seemed to appear without warning everywhere, Lauter remained in demand for roles on both films and television. Ed Lauter died of mesothelioma in his home in Los Angeles, California on October 16, 2013, less than two weeks before his 75th birthday.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: aladdinsane85

Spouse (4)

Mia (26 May 2006 - 16 October 2013) (his death)
Marnie Melissa Savion (16 March 1985 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Jennifer Holmes (1978 - 1984) (divorced) (2 children)
Wanda "Future" Fulton (November 1964 - 31 October 1972) (her death)

Trade Mark (3)

Often played menacing, sinister villains
Often played unsavory authority figures
Often cast as policemen ("True Romance", "Death Wish 3").

Trivia (17)

Parents are Edward Matthew and Sally Lee Lauter.
Worked as a stand-up comedian before entering films.
Besides Burt Reynolds, he was the only other actor to appear in both The Longest Yard (1974) and The Longest Yard (2005). He happened to be on the studio that day and Adam Sandler had him added to the golf scene.
Studied drama at the Herbert Berghof School.
Made his Broadway debut in the play "The Great White Hope" (1970).
Attended C.W. Post College on a sports scholarship where he played baseball, football and basketball.
Attended and graduated from Long Beach High School in Lido Beach, New York (1956).
Received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from C.W. Post College.
Served in the United States Army for two years.
Cousin of the late actress and singer Elaine Stritch.
Had appeared with Charles Bronson in four films: Death Wish 3 (1985), Death Hunt (1981), The White Buffalo (1977) and Breakheart Pass (1975).
Alfred Hitchcock had planned on using him for one of the leads in his latest film, "The Short Night" (1980), before this was canceled due to the director's declining health. Hitchcock had earlier directed him in his previous film, Family Plot (1976).
Edward Lauter passed away on October 16, 2013, only two weeks away from what would have been his 75th birthday on October 30.
Survived by his fourth wife, Mia Lauter, and four children from previous marriages.
Had German and Irish ancestry.
His last name is pronounced "Law-ter".
He appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Seabiscuit (2003) and The Artist (2011), with the latter being a winner in the category.

Personal Quotes (9)

[his definition of a character actor] Someone who's most usually not an 8x10 glossy. You know, not a Steve Stunning. They're characters.
[on his status as a "recognizable" character actor] Recognizable, but sometimes people don't know my name. They will say, "Oh, yeah! There's that guy! You were in... Jesus Christ... you were in... in..." So in a way it's good - and in a way it's bad.
One of the tools that an actor has - and it's a trite thing, but you can really use it a lot - is imagination. Really important. And New York City was a great place for me to grow up because I had so many characters to study. I didn't grow up in Oklahoma and then move to the city as an adult and suddenly say, "I want to be an actor." I was around actors all of the time. I was around interesting people - the people of the city.
[on playing villains or otherwise unsavory authority figures] 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 will think, "Wait a minute, he's not such a bad guy. Did you see the way he petted that dog?".
[on meeting David Niven] I was really starstruck... He was through shooting for the day so I asked him if we could just take a walk around the Warners' lot and he agreed. And I was so pleased I was going to get some tips from a real star. And, as we walked, he said to me, "Remember, get every penny you can from the sons-of-bitches.".
[on Alfred Hitchcock] He didn't care for Montgomery Clift. He didn't like the way he would act one way in the master and a completely different way in the close-ups. He just couldn't match it, you know?
[on Lee Marvin] I'd given him a book by H.L. Mencken and he sent me one back, and I opened it and he'd written inside "To Ed, for more joy, Lee Marvin." I rang him up and thanked him so much and he said "I'm glad you got it. You know why I wrote it in pencil don't you? So you can erase it if you don't like your books being blemished.".
[2012, on Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)] Revenge of the Nerds II, that was funny! Yeah, I had fun on that because I took my hair, or what hair I had, and ... You know how some guys comb their hair to the side to make it look like they have more hair? Well, I did that, then I said to the director, Joe Roth, who's actually a big producer now, "Look, because I'm always trying to flirt with these girls that come into my office, especially this one girl [Courtney Thorne-Smith], is it all right if I keep a mascara pencil in my vest pocket, I try to pencil in my hair before she comes in, and then quickly put it back in my pocket?" He said, "Oh, my God, that'd be funny! Do that!" And they left it in the movie. My character was such a jerk, I wanted to do something to make him more funny. I mean, it was a comedy, anyway, so it wasn't like I was taking any tension away from the film... Working with Robert Carradine and all those guys was fun. Bobby's a really good friend of mine. I've worked with both of his brothers. I worked with David and Keith both. Keith and I did a TV movie called The Godchild back in the '70s. And then with David, it was one of the last films he did, one called Camille. Al Ruddy produced that. He and I go way back. We've done a lot of things together, starting with The Longest Yard. He was also part of Death Hunt, too. Al's a great guy and a great producer to work with. Oh, and I also managed to meet John Carradine at one point, too. I shook his hand. Man, he had some gnarly hands. I also worked with all the Bridges at various points. Lloyd, Beau, and Jeff. Beau directed me in a TV movie. So, yeah, I'm pretty entrenched with the Bridges clan.
[2012, on Wagons East (1994)] John Candy, that was his last movie. We had a lot of fun with John on that. I remember we talked about being altar boys, and we would trade our Latin prayers with each other. I had a break in the filming, and we were down in Mexico, so I wanted to go back to L.A. for about four days. I hear this voice up in the mountains yelling down at me on the prairie, and it's John. He's yelling, "Hey, Eddie! Kyrie eleison! Kyrie eleison!" And as a good altar boy, I'm supposed to yell, "Christe eleison! Christe eleison!" He's up there, waving his hat, and we're having fun with Latin. Then they called me three days later and told me, "John's dead. He died of a heart attack." That really took the wind out of all of us. And I think the movie... I think they were hoping that John would go around selling it. But... oh, boy. Hey, at least I got to meet John. He was a great guy, a funny guy. We were really getting along well. I'm sorry he's gone.

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