Oscar Season News: Experiences of Actor Ed Lauter, Co-Starring in Oscar-Nominated The Artist

Ed Lauter.

Ed Lauter’s non-stop career (from Hitchcock to Weinstein films) is legendary. In a film career that has extended for over four decades, Ed Lauter has starred in a plethora of film and television productions since making his big screen debut in the 1972 Western The Magnificent Seven Ride.

Lauter has portrayed an eclectic array of characters over the years, including (but not limited to), authority/military figures, edgy villains, and good-hearted heavies. Many will remember him for his appearance as the stern Capt. Wilhelm Knauer in 1974’s The Longest Yard. (Lauter also made a cameo in the 2005 remake.) Lauter has also worked with some of the biggest film luminaries of the last fifty years, including Alfred Hitchcock, Lee Marvin, Jeff Bridges, Liam Neeson, John Candy, Clint Eastwood, Burt Lancaster, and Charles Bronson, and just about every major “A” star in Hollywood.

With a face that seems to pop up everywhere, Lauter has remained in demand for roles on both television and film. Some of his more recent outings include the films Seraphim Falls opposite Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan, and Seabiscuit with Jeff Bridges, as well as appearances on TV’s Grey’s Anatomy and Psych.

Alfred Hitchcock once said, “Ed Lauter is the best character in Hollywood.”

Proudly, Lauter is currently on national promotional tour for his role as the Butler/Driver to Oscar-nominated actress Bérénice Bejo’s role in The Artist. He just recently finished his role in Ed Burn’s new film production in New York City entitled Fitzgerald’s Family Christmas.