Ed Lauter, a character actor who had roles in several movies and TV shows, died at his home in Los Angeles on Oct. 16, 2013. He was 74. According to CNN, Lauter's publicist said that Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Lauter is survived by his wife and four children.
His film credits include "The Artist," "Trouble With the Curve," "The Longest Yard," "Born on the Fourth of July," "Cujo," "Youngblood," "Leaving Las Vegas" and "True Romance." On TV, Lauter made guest appearances on "Law & Order," "Kojak," "Charlie's Angels," "Mannix," "The X-Files," "Magnum P.I.," "Psych," "Miami Vice," "ER" and "Grey's Anatomy."
According to the Internet Movie Database, Lauter completed two movies before he died: "Blind Pass" and "The Town That Dreaded Sundown." The release dates for both movies are to be announced.
Several actors who worked with Lauter went on Twitter to express their condolences.
Rob Lowe, who co-starred with Lauter in the 1985 hockey film "Youngblood," tweeted: "Sad to hear of Ed Lauter passing. Great actor and nice man. Goodbye, coach. #Youngblood."
"Psych" co-stars Dulé Hill and Timothy Omundson also paid tribute to Lauter. Hill tweeted: "RIP Ed Lauter. It was a privilege to work with you. You will be greatly missed." Omundson tweeted: "Mr Lauter was a Gentleman & a Great Actor. Lucky to share a few scenes w/ him."
Meanwhile, actor Ross McCall tweeted: "Ed Lauter.Had the pleasure of playing his grandson in TheBeautifulOnes.'Ed, rhymes with water, Lauter' is how he introduced himself.RIP,Sir."