• Ed Lauter, one of Hollywood's most prolific character actors - according to IMDB, his first role was on "Mannix" in 1971, and one of his last was as a baseball scout in 2012's Trouble with the Curve, which starred Clint Eastwood - has passed away. He was 74, and suffered from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure.
- KC's View:
I love actors like Lauter ... they just keep working and working and working, little roles and big roles, almost always supporting roles, in film, TV and on stage, but always bringing their best efforts to whatever they're doing. It is the very definition of a work ethic.
People of a certain age will remember Lauter best from the original and classic The Longest Yard, which starred Burt Reynolds and Eddie Albert. Lauter played Captain Knauer, the sadistic head prison guard. (Lauter also had a small role in the execrable Adam Sandler remake in 2005 ... but hey, the thing about character actors is that they go where the work is...)