Actor Ed Lauter, 74, died on Wednesday October 16, in Los Angeles, California after losing his battle to mesothelioma. A family spokesperson confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Lauter passed away at his home in Los Angeles Wednesday after battling mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer commonly caused by asbestos that affects tissue covering the body's internal organs.
Edward Matthew Lauter II was born Oct. 30, 1938, in Long Beach on New York’s Long Island, to Sally Lee, a 1920s Broadway actress and dancer, and Edward Matthew Lauter.
His fourth wife, Marchell “Mia” Doree, and his four children survive Ed Lauter from his various marriages. According to Wikipedia, the names of his first three wives, and which wife bore, which or how many children are unknown at present.
Lauter, who began his career in show business in the late 1960s as a standup comedian and was known for his precise impersonations of celebrities, in the 1968 Broadway production of the boxing drama “The Great White Hope”, Lauter landed his first small role.
His first screen credits in the early 1970s have consisted of guesting on shows such as Mannix, Cannonand, and Ironside.
Over the next 40 years, he appeared on television shows such as The Waltons, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The X-Files and ER.
The megastar had also appeared in hundreds of movies over the past four decades.
Lauter who also been referred to, within the business, as being one of the most noticeable faces in Hollywood. His professional credits included the Oscar-winning film The Artist, Seabiscuit, Mulholland Falls, Leaving Las Vegas, and both versions of The Longest Yard.