1937 - Born on the 6th of July in Louisville, Kentucky.
1947 - He began singing in gospel and barbershop quartets in St. Matthews, Kentucky, as well as at his local church.
1972 - His debut film as rape victim Bobby Trippe in Deliverance.
1976 - Beatty was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Network.
1978 - Appeared as Lex Luthor's henchman Otis in Superman.
- Member of the cast of the television police drama Homicide: Life on the Street, playing Detective Stanley
- Played the role as Dan Conner's father on the hit television show Roseanne.
1991 - Starred in the award-winning British film Hear My Song, he portrayed the singer Josef Locke.
- Nominated for two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe Award.
- Spends his summers in Karlstad, Minnesota, his wife's home town. He resides in Springville, California.
2006 - Received the RiverRun International Film Festival's "Master of Cinema" award.
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