Ed Lauter

American film and television actor (1938-2013)

Edward Matthew "Ed" Lauter II[1] (October 30, 1938 – October 16, 2013), known as Ed Lauter, was an American actor and stand-up comedian. He was known for his roles in Family Plot, Cujo, Death Wish III, Born on the Fourth of July, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Number 23, and in Trouble with the Curve.

Ed Lauter
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Edward Matthew Lauter II

(1938-10-30)October 30, 1938
DiedOctober 16, 2013(2013-10-16) (aged 74)
Years active1968–2013
Spouse(s)4th wife: Marchell Doreen Williams (January 1, 2005 – October 16, 2013; his death)
Children4 (total)

Lauter was born on October 30, 1938 in Long Beach, New York.[2] He studied at Long Island University. Lauter was married four times. His last marriage was to Marchell Doreen Williams from 2005 until his death in 2013. He had four children. Lauter died on October 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California from mesothelioma, aged 74.[3]


  1. "An Interview with Ed Lauter". Shock Cinema. New York City: 3–8, 48. May 2010. Cover photo, Lauter on bottom in a scene from the 1976 Hitchcock film Family Plot
  2. Rogers, John (October 17, 2013). "Veteran Character Actor Ed Lauter Dies at Age 74". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  3. "Character actor Ed Lauter dies at age 74". Fox News. Retrieved October 17, 2013.

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