6. Ned Beatty
Born Ned Thomas Beatty on July 6, 1937, in Louisville, Kentucky, he would make his stage debut at age 19, appearing in Wilderness Road in 1956, before going on to work at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, the State Theater of Virginia for the next decade. He made his screen debut in 1972’s Deliverance with a harrowing performance few people would forget. He would gain international recognition as Lex Luthor’s bumbling assistant Otis in 1978’s Superman and 1980’s Superman II.
Beatty gained a reputation as a prolific performer and was once nicknamed “the busiest actor in Hollywood”. In a career that would span five decades, he appeared in more than 160 films and played roles in around 65 TV series and television films. Beatty died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on June 13, 2021, at the age of 83, three weeks before his 84th birthday.