Ed Lauter Dies; Veteran Character Actor Was 74

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Veteran character actor Ed Lauter has died at the age of 74.

Lauter's publicist, Edward Lozzi, says he died late Wednesday of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure.

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The thespian's long, angular face and stern bearing made him recognizable in scores of movies and TV shows in a career that spanned five decades.

Ed Lauter's presence as an though authority figure, hardcore thug or a sinister con man made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in.

He was the brutal prison guard in the 1974 dramedy The Longest Yard and a sleazy gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock's last film, The Family Plot.

Lauter has more than 100 acitng credits to his name. His TV appearances included The Office, ER, Murder, She Wrote and The Rockford Files. R.I.P.

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this guy was great. Sorry to see him go. read more about his wife here: http://dailyentertainmentnews....