Ned Beatty Tributes Flood In After Veteran Actor Dies Aged 83

Tributes poured in for Ned Beatty, after the veteran character actor passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 83.

The beloved screen star, who made his film debut in 1972's Deliverance and had memorable roles in Network (1976) and Superman (1978), was "surrounded by his family and loved ones" when he died, according to his manager, Deborah Miller.

"His family has decided to keep details private at this time," Miller added in a statement to The Wrap. "Ned was an iconic, legendary talent, as well as a dear friend, and he will be missed by us all."

After news of the Kentucky native's passing was made public, a host of stars took to Twitter to pay tribute, including filmmaker Lee Unkrich, who directed Beatty when he provided the voice of Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear in 2010's Toy Story 3.

"Just heard that Ned Beatty passed away in his sleep," wrote Unkrich. "It was a joy and and an incredible honor to work with him. Thanks, Ned, for bringing Lotso to life — both his good side and his not-so-good side. We'll miss you."

Actor Marc Maron also shared a tribute to the star, tweeting: "RIP Ned Beatty. One of the all time best." Maron added a gif of Beatty in his Oscar-nominated turn as Arthur Jensen, bellowing "you will atone" in his film Network.

Long Shot star Seth Rogan opted to share a link to a full clip of the same iconic speech from Network, as he wrote: "RIP Ned Beatty. Here's one of the greatest monologues ever in a movie..."

Just heard that Ned Beatty passed away in his sleep.

It was a joy and and an incredible honor to work with him.

Thanks, Ned, for bringing Lotso to life — both his good side and his not-so-good side. We’ll miss you. pic.twitter.com/mDP9pP2vg1

— Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) June 14, 2021

RIP Ned Beatty. One of the all time best. pic.twitter.com/phiMHmdKTs

— marc maron (@marcmaron) June 13, 2021

RIP Ned Beatty. Here’s one of the greatest monologues ever in a movie: https://t.co/JjotXIKdNo

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 14, 2021

The primal forces of nature have come to collect Ned Beatty. He was great in NETWORK, SUPERMAN, DELIVERANCE and the TV series HOMICIDE (and so much more), but don’t forget his chilling, villainous turns in WHITE LIGHTNING and MIKEY AND NICKY. https://t.co/cJMoFevJBx

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 13, 2021

Ned Beatty. Superb character actor - my fave being his brilliantness in NETWORK (one of the greatest screenplays and films of all time) So ahead of its time. And same for Mr. Beatty. RIP https://t.co/yzw05ip7zw

— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) June 13, 2021

The Karate Kid's Ralph Macchio stated on Twitter: "Ned Beatty. Superb character actor - my fave being his brilliantness in NETWORK (one of the greatest screenplays and films of all time) So ahead of its time. And same for Mr. Beatty. RIP."

Actor and writer Patton Oswalt said in his tribute: "The primal forces of nature have come to collect Ned Beatty.

"He was great in NETWORK, SUPERMAN, DELIVERANCE and the TV series HOMICIDE (and so much more), but don't forget his chilling, villainous turns in WHITE LIGHTNING and MIKEY AND NICKY."

CNN's Jake Tapper praised Beatty for being "so good in so many films," while author Don Winslow tweeted: "Ned Beatty was an amazing actor. Good in everything he was ever in. RIP."

RIP Ned Beatty, so good in so many films pic.twitter.com/Tz6XbaIQac

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 13, 2021

Ned Beatty was an amazing actor.

Good in everything he was ever in.

RIP.

— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) June 13, 2021

To me Ned Beatty is what a career in screen acting is all about. I can't think of one thing he was in that he didn't make better. You know the film credits but he was also a TV legend: Homicide: Life on the Street, Friendly Fire, The Marcus-Nelson Murders. One of the greats. RIP.

— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) June 13, 2021

RIP to the one and only Stanley Bolander, dear to me because he helped pull my ass off the rewrite desk and launch me in television. But my favorite of Ned Beatty’s many great roles: “Hear My Song.” Going to watch that gentle masterpiece again in his memory. pic.twitter.com/Bff0CE4qA9

— David Simon (@AoDespair) June 13, 2021

"To me Ned Beatty is what a career in screen acting is all about," said writer Mark Harris. "I can't think of one thing he was in that he didn't make better.

"You know the film credits but he was also a TV legend: Homicide: Life on the Street, Friendly Fire, The Marcus-Nelson Murders. One of the greats. RIP."

Meanwhile, author and producer David Simon stated: "RIP to the one and only Stanley Bolander, dear to me because he helped pull my ass off the rewrite desk and launch me in television.

"But my favorite of Ned Beatty's many great roles: "Hear My Song." Going to watch that gentle masterpiece again in his memory."

Beatty is survived his wife Sandra Johnson—with whom he tied the knot in 1999—his eight children from three previous marriages, and his grandchildren.

Ned Beatty dies aged 83
Ned Beatty during the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Play Opening - After Party at Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York, on November 2, 2003. The beloved actor passed away on Sunday morning aged 83. James Devaney/James Devaney