The veteran television and film actor Ed Lauter has passed away at his home in West Hollywood following a battle with a rare form of cancer. He as 74 years-old. His four decade-long career began with classic television shows like The Streets Of San Francisco and Ironside before moving on to memorable big-screen roles in THE LONGEST YARD (1974) and MAGIC (1978).

The 1980/90s brought him even more attention in Charles Bronson thriller DEATH HUNT (1981), YOUNGBLOOD (1986), BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989), MY BLUE HEAVEN (1990) and THE ROCKETEER (1991). All the while continuing as a permanent fixture on a number of hit television shows like The Equalizer and The A-Team.

Through the naughties and beyond, Lauter continued his trend for imposing and authoritative figures on the big and small screen, appearing in a significant recurring role in ER, Gary Ross’ horse racing biopic SEABISCUIT and a role in Adam Sandler’s remake of the film he perhaps gave him his chewiest role, THE LONGEST YARD (2005). His most recent roles including the US transition of Shameless and Oscar-winning comedy THE ARTIST. He had also just completed work on the remake of cult horror THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN.

R.I.P. Ed from all of us here at THN.