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
"She glanced this way, I thought I saw… And when we touched, she didn’t shudder at my paw. No, it can’t be; I’ll just ignore… But then, she’s never looked at me that way before…"
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
"Through my influence, I saw to it that Don Giovanni was played only five times in Vienna. But in secret, I went to every one of those five. Worshipping sounds I alone seemed to hear."
— KILLING THEM SOFTLY
Oliver Queenan: Congratulations on passing the detectives’ exam, and welcome to the Special Investigation Unit.
Christopher Moltisanti: What about the dead guy?
Tony Soprano: You keep prodding him with a stick. You light a candle to St. Anthony. But I think you’re fucked.
Hey! Look at me. So I had a wife. She was beautiful, like you. Who tells me I worry too much. Who tells me I ought to smile more. Who gambles and gets in deep with the sharks. One day, they carve her face. And we have no money for surgeries. She can’t take it. I just want to see her smile again. I just want her to know that I don’t care about the scars. So… I stick a razor in my mouth and do this… to myself. And you know what? She can’t stand the sight of me! She leaves. Now I see the funny side. Now I’m always smiling!
THE DARK KNIGHT
"The world has just changed so radically, and we’re all running to catch up. I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, but look… Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?"