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Ed Lauter

The Butler in "The Artist"

Dead At 74

10/17/2013 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Actor Ed Lauter ... who you've definitely referred to as "that guy in the thing" -- because he had one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood -- has died from a rare cancer.

Lauter appeared in more than 200 movies and TV shows over the past 4 decades ... including "Seabiscuit" ... "Mulholland Falls" ... "Leaving Las Vegas" -- and may be best known for his role of the brutal prison guard in "The Longest Yard" with Burt Reynolds. He also appeared in Adam Sandler's 2005 remake of 'Yard.'

In 2011, he also appeared in the Oscar-winning film, "The Artist" ... playing the butler opposite Berenice Bejo.

According to his rep ... Lauter died on Wednesday after battling mesothelioma -- a rare form of cancer often caused by exposure to asbestos.

Lauter was 74.

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Truth    

Ed Lauter ... one of the greatest character actors ever. And, no one cares about "The Artist". Just a piece of hyped crap that the media got their mileage out of, and Weinstein bought himself some more trophies for. It goes on the (Huh?) list of Oscar movies.

269 days ago
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McSmack    

Definitely one the best character actors EVER. If I had a project, definitely would find a part for this guy. RIP.

269 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

Looks a bit like Patrick Stewart... I've seen him in many movies... R.I.P. sir.

269 days ago
4.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

A superstar of character actors, one of the best out there. He had a stellar career for decades. RIP Ed Lauter. Well done.

269 days ago
5.

JimmyB    

Great, UNDERAPPRECIATED actor. RIP.

269 days ago
6.

WTF    

He's easily more deserving of recognition than Cory Monteith.

269 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

RIP. One of the best.

269 days ago
8.

Mumra the Ever Living    

TMZ, do you realize that the man had 204 Acting Credits? Do you realize that your average TMZ reader is force fed a daily diet of Rappers, Ball players with untold bastard children, the deadbeat family of a dead Pedophile who dyed himself white, and various members of a family who have no actual reason for existing on this earth.
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Really now TMZ, how many of your readers saw an art film from France? A silent art film at that.
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Really TMZ, you can't have it both ways. You can't search for the lowest common denominator when choosing your target audience and at the same time have real stories about real actors doing actual artistic things. The Feng Shui is all wrong.

269 days ago
9.

Sunset Strip Dealer    

He was great in Youngblood with Robe Lowe

269 days ago
10.

Northerner    

Ed, you have had a long career and i will miss seeing your mug in this or that. i remember back when i first took notice of your acting in 'The Longest Yard'.

i dont know if we can count all the cops you played over years but Capt. Knauer was unforgettable.

rest in peace!

269 days ago
11.

anony    

Ed Lauter was such a great character actor that many of us knew his name.
He was once a guest on Letterman in the mid-80s and it was very funny as he was kind of nervous.

269 days ago
12.

Charles27    

I know this guy form a million movies. Man this sucks. RIP dude. You were one of the greats!

269 days ago
13.

cyre    

RIP
Great actor.

269 days ago
14.

verlinda    

R.I.P.

269 days ago
15.

Keyser Söze    

Always deliver quality work, even in bad movies.

RIP, Mr. Lauter.

269 days ago
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