Ed Lauter

Ed Lauter

Birth name: Edward Matthew Lauter Jr.
Born: October 30, 1938
Died: October 16, 2013 (at age 74)
Birthplace: Long Beach, New York, U.S.

Edward Matthew Lauter Jr. (/ˈlɔːtər/ LAW-tər;[1] October 30, 1938 - October 16, 2013) was an American actor and stand-up comedian.[2] He appeared in more than 200 films and TV series episodes in a career that spanned over 40 years.[3]

Lauter was born and raised in Long Beach, New York,[3] the son of Edward Matthew Lauter and Sally Lee, a 1920s Broadway actress and dancer.[1][4] He was of German and Irish descent.[5]

After graduating from high school, he majored in English Literature in college and received a B.A. degree in 1961 from the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University.[1] While in college, he played basketball.[2] Lauter served for two years in the United States Army.


Lauter's first acting role was a small part in the Broadway production of The Great White Hope, a boxing drama, in 1968. Before that, he was a stand-up comedian.[2] His screen acting debut was in a 1971 episode of the television series Mannix.[3] His first theatrical film role was in the Western Dirty Little Billy in 1972.[3]

As a character actor, Lauter was known for his 6'2" height and balding looks.[2] He starred with Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, Karen Black, and William Devane in Alfred Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot.[1] Hitchcock was impressed by Lauter and asked him to play a major role in the romantic espionage thriller he planned as his next film; the director's failing health and eventual death in 1980 meant that The Short Night never went into production.[6]

Lauter appeared in many films, including half a dozen in 1972 alone. Among his most prominent film roles were The Longest Yard (a.k.a. The Mean Machine) (1974), King Kong (1976), Magic (1978), Death Hunt (1981), Timerider (1982) Death Wish 3 (1985), My Blue Heaven (1990), The Rocketeer (1991), Seraphim Falls (2006), and The Artist (2011).[citation needed]

Lauter's television appearances included the role as the villain sheriff Martin Stillman in the How the West Was Won TV series, and guest-performances on The New Land, Psych, The X-Files (as Mulder's childhood hero, Gemini astronaut Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt in the season 1 episode "Space"), Kojak, The A-Team, Miami Vice (season 3 episode 6 Shadow in the Dark), Magnum, P.I. (episode Operation Silent Night), Booker, Charmed, Highlander: The Series, Law & Order, Star Trek: The Next Generation (as Lt. Cmdr. Albert in the season 5 episode "The First Duty"), The Equalizer, The Waltons,[7] and ER (with a recurring role as Fire Captain Dannaker).[8] Lauter was memorable in a rare leading role as Private Detective Bud Delaney in the 1975 NBC television movie "Last Hours Before Morning".[9]


Ed Lauter, 2011

On October 16, 2013, two weeks before his 75th birthday, Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, having been diagnosed five months earlier in May.[2][3][10]

Following his death, Lauter's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against many well-known broadcasting, automotive, and manufacturing companies for exposing Lauter to asbestos, which led to his death. The suit alleges that Lauter was exposed to asbestos at various movie studios and location sets over his 40-year career as an actor in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Married five times, he is survived by his fifth wife, Mia Lauter, and his four children from previous marriages.[11] He continued to work until a few months before his death, completing roles in several films still to be released after his death.[12]

To honor his work, the Ed Lauter Foundation is being established, which will award a scholarship yearly to aspiring young actors.[3] Reflecting on his lengthy career, Lauter said in a 2012 interview with the Los Angeles Times:[2]

A lot of people say, "I know you," but they don’t know my name. But I’ve had a great run.

— Ed Lauter, Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2013, quoting 2012 interview



Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Magnificent Seven Ride! Scott Elliot
1972 The New Centurions Galloway
1972 Hickey & Boggs Ted
1972 Bad Company Orin
1972 Dirty Little Billy Tyler
1972 Rage Simpson
1973 Lolly-Madonna XXX Hawk Feather
1973 The Last American Hero Burton Colt
1973 Executive Action Operations Chief - Team A
1974 The Midnight Man Leroy
1974 The Longest Yard Captain Knauer
1975 Satan's Triangle Strickland
1975 French Connection II General Brian
1975 Breakheart Pass Maj. Claremont
1976 Family Plot Joseph Maloney
1976 King Kong Carnahan
1977 The White Buffalo Tom Custer
1977 The Chicken Chronicles Mr. Nastase
1978 Loose Shoes Sheriff Bob
1978 Magic Duke
1981 Death Hunt Hazel
1981 The Amateur Anderson
1982 Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann Padre
1983 Eureka Charles Perkins
1983 Cujo Joe Camber
1983 The Big Score Parks
1984 Lassiter Smoke
1984 Finders Keepers Josef Sirola
1984 Nickel Mountain W.D. Freund
1985 Girls Just Want to Have Fun Col. Glenn
1985 Real Genius David Decker
1985 Death Wish 3 Inspector Richard Shriker
1986 Youngblood Murray Chadwick
1986 Raw Deal Detective Baker
1986 3:15 Moran
1987 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Buzz
1989 Gleaming the Cube Mr. Kelly
1989 Tennessee Waltz Unknown character
1989 Fat Man and Little Boy Whitney Ashbridge
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Legion Commander
1990 My Blue Heaven Underwood
1991 The Rocketeer Fitch
1992 Judgement Dallas Hale
1992 School Ties Alan Greene
1993 Extreme Justice Captain Shafer
1993 True Romance Police Captain Quiggle Uncredited
1993 Under Investigation Captain Maguire
1994 Extreme Justice Captain Shafer
1994 Wagons East John Slade
1994 Trial by Jury John Boyle
1995 Leaving Las Vegas Mobster #3
1995 Girl in the Cadillac Ben Wilmer
1995 Digital Man General Roberts
1995 Breach of Trust Colin Kreuger
1996 Rattled Murray Hendershot
1996 Raven Hawk Sheriff Daggert
1996 Mulholland Falls Earl
1996 Coyote Summer Mitchell Foster
1996 Mercenary Jack Cochran
1996 The Sweeper Molls
1997 Top of the World Mel Ridgefield
1997 Allie & Me Detective Frank Richards
1999 Out in Fifty Ed Walker
1999 Night of Terror Father Connelly
2000 Farewell My Love Sergei Karpov
2000 Python Pilot
2000 Thirteen Days Gen. Marshall Carter
2000 Civility Detective Erickson
2001 Knight Club Fire Marshall
2001 Not Another Teen Movie The Coach
2002 Go for Broke Warden Lessen
2003 Gentleman B. Harry Koslow
2003 Seabiscuit Charles Strub
2003 Nobody Knows Anything Gun Expert
2003 The Librarians John Strong
2004 Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation Gen. Jack Gordon Shepherd
2004 Art Heist Victor Boyd
2005 Into the Fire Captain Dave Cutler
2005 The Longest Yard Duane
2005 Venice Underground Captain John Sullivan
2005 Brothers in Arms Mayor Crawley
2005 Purple Heart Civilian
2006 The Lost Ed Anderson
2006 Love Hollywood Style Lawrence
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby John Hanafin Uncredited
2006 Seraphim Falls Parsons
2007 The Number 23 Father Sebastian
2007 A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper Pop
2008 Camille Sheriff Steiner
2008 The American Standards Harry
2008 Something's Wrong in Kansas Amos
2009 Expecting a Miracle Walter Enright
2009 Godspeed Mitch
2011 The Frankenstein Syndrome Dr. Walton
2011 The Artist Peppy's Butler
2012 The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Jim Fitzgerald
2012 Trouble with the Curve Max
2014 The Town That Dreaded Sundown Sheriff Underwood
2016 Chief Zabu Skip Keisel


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Mannix Sergeant Episode: "The Man Outside"
1971-1972 Longstreet Uniformed Officer / Detective 2 episodes
1972 Cannon Deputy Episode: "A Flight of Hawks"
1972 Ironside Newton Episode: "The Countdown"
1972-1973 The Streets of San Francisco Doctor Joseph Ford 2 episodes
1973 Class of '63 Dave McKay Television film
1974 The Waltons Hyder Rudge Episode: "The Car"
1974 The Migrants Mr. Barlow Television film
1974 Kojak Floyd Episode: "Mojo"
1974 The New Land Unknown character Episode: "The Word Is: Growth"
1974 The Godchild Crees Television film
1975 Satan's Triangle Strickland Television film
1975 Baretta Ed Borgue Episode: "Woman in the Harbor"
1975 Last Hours Before Morning Bud Delaney Television film
1976 Police Story Ralph Coleman / Joseph Kinsella 2 episodes
1977 Charlie's Angels Lt. Howard Fine Episode: "The Blue Angels"
1977 The Rockford Files Joseph Bloomberg Episode: "The Dog and Pony Show"
1978 How the West Was Won Martin Stillman 5 episodes
1978 The Clone Master Bender Television film
1978 Greatest Heroes of the Bible Ularat 2 episodes
1979 The Jericho Mile Jerry Beloit Television film
1979 Love's Savage Fury Sergeant Weed Television film
1979 Undercover with the KKK Raleigh Porter Television film
1979 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Captain John Sebastian Cain 3 episodes
1979-1980 B. J. and the Bear Captain John Sebastian Cain 5 episodes
1980 Hawaii Five-O Jonas Halloran Episode: "The Golden Noose"
1980 The Boy Who Drank Too Much Gus Carpenter Television film
1980 Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Jim Jones, Sr. Miniseries
1980 Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Frank Morris Television film
1981 A Nero Wolfe Mystery Clay Baylor Episode: "Sweet Revenge"
1982 In the Custody of Strangers Judge Halloran Television film
1982 Rooster Jack Claggert Television film
1983 Simon & Simon Col. Lawrence Grayson Episode: "What's in a Gnome?"
1983 St. Elsewhere Stan Morgen Episode: "Working"
1983 Hardcastle and McCormick Rick Vetromile 2 episodes
1983 Manimal Col. Hunt Episode: "Manimal"
1983 Magnum, P.I. Captain Quintin Episode: "Operation: Silent Night"
1983-1984 The A-Team Major Douglas Kyle / Sheriff Hank Thompson 2 episodes
1984 The Seduction of Gina Carl Television film
1984 CBS Schoolbreak Special Buddy Evans Episode: "Dead Wrong: The John Evans Story"
1984 The Three Wishes of Billy Grier Mr. Grier Television film
1984 Automan Michael Hagedorn Episode: "Murder, Take One"
1984 The Yellow Rose Cal Everett Episode: "Land of the Free"
1984 Crazy Like a Fox Unknown character Episode: "Pilot"
1984 The Cartier Affair Lyndon Dean Television film
1985 Our Family Honor Ray Wilfong Episode: "End of the Line"
1986 The Defiant Ones Sheriff Leroy Doyle Television film
1986 The Last Days of Patton Dr. Lt.Col. Paul S. Hill Television film
1986 Screen Two Jerry Tyler Episode: "Double Image"
1986 Miami Vice Capt. Cahill Episode: "Shadow in the Dark"
1986 The Thanksgiving Promise Coach Gruniger Television film
1987 Ohara Vanders Episode: "Will"
1987 Murder, She Wrote Sheriff Orville Yates Episode: "The Cemetery Vote"
1987-1988 The Equalizer Robert Nichols / Walter Rowan 2 episodes
1989 Booker Kendall Episode: "High Rise"
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Rex Burnham Episode: "The Confidence Mystery"
1990 Monsters Malcolm Episode: "Malcolm"
1990 Kojak: Flowers for Matty Police Armorer Television film
1991 Golden Years Gen. Louis Crewes Miniseries
1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation Lt. Cmdr. Albert Episode: "The First Duty"
1992 Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story Lieutenant Driscoll Television film
1993 Renegade Jack Barnell Episode: "Partners"
1993 Homicide: Life on the Street Gruszynski Episode: "And the Rockets' Dead Glare"
1993 Murder So Sweet Glen Emory Television film
1993 The Return of Ironside Chief Bell Television film
1993 The X-Files Lt. Col. Marcus Aurelius Belt Episode: "Space"
1994 Secret Sins of the Father Arnold Carter Television film
1994 Birdland Capt. John Swede Episode: "Plan B"
1994 Highlander: The Series Avery Hoskins Episode: "Bless the Child"
1995 The Tuskegee Airmen General Stevenson Television film
1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Paladin Episode: "Circle of Light"
1996 Raven Hawk Sheriff Daggert Television film
1997 Married to a Stranger Harry, Megan's Father Television film
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Silas Bedoe 2 episodes
1997 Under Wraps Kubat Television film
1998 Millennium Warden Kellard Episode: "In Arcadia Ego"
1998 A Bright Shining Lie General Weyand Television film
1998 Dollar for the Dead Jacob Colby Television film
1998 ER Fire Captain Dannaker 6 episodes
1999 The Magnificent Seven Hank Conley Episode: "Vendetta"
2000 Law & Order Defense Counsel Episode: "Entitled"
2001 Charmed Sutter Episode: "The Good, the Bad and the Cursed"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Barclay Tobin Episode: "Cats in the Cradle..."
2004 JAG General Hughes Episode: "Whole New Ball Game"
2005 Into the Fire Captain Dave Cutler Television film
2005 NYPD Blue Jerry Rasmussen Episode: "Old Man Quiver"
2008 Cold Case Shep 'Mack' McAvoy '08 Episode: "One Small Step"
2008 Chocolate News Jack Cagney Episode: "#1.5"
2008 Grey's Anatomy Timothy Miller Episode: "These Ties That Bind"
2009 Expecting a Miracle Walter Enright Television film
2009-2010 Psych Deputy Commissioner Ed Dykstra 2 episodes
2011 Carnal Innocence Austin Hatinger Television film
2012-2013 Shameless Dick Healey 4 episodes
2013 The Office Mr. Lauter pere Episode "Suit Warehouse"

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