R.I.P. Ed Lauter (October 30, 1938 – October 16, 2013)
Ed Lauter, 74, a character actor who carved out a niche in the 1970s playing mostly heavies in movies and TV and kept up a busy schedule in recent years with appearances in Clint Eastwood’s “Trouble With the Curve” and Oscar winner “The Artist,” died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles of mesothelioma, a form of cancer. He is probably best known for his role in the Burt Reynolds original version of “The Longest Yard”, playing prison guard captain Will Knauer.
"You may not recognize Ed Lauter’s name, but the actor’s face has ominously adorned the big and small screens in close to 200 roles over more than 40 years" – Wall Street Journal