Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty Bipolar Disorder
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Ned Thomas Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky on July 6, 1937, to Charles William Beatty and Margaret Lennis. Ned has been married four times and fathered 8 children. His first four children were born during his first marriage. In 1971 he married his second wife, Belinda Rowley, and they had two children. He had two additional children with Dorothy Tinker Lindsey, whom he married in 1979.

Ned married his current wife, Sandra Johnson, in 1999.

Early Experience:

Ned Beatty was bitten by the spotlight bug in high school after performing in a play, which changed his career goal from clergyman to actor. He began his career singing in barbershop and gospel quartets, but moved to the stage at the age of 19. It was during a Broadway performance that he caught the attention of director John Boorman, who cast him in his first movie, Deliverance.

Filmography Highlights:

  • Wedding Photo (2005)
  • Thunderpants (2002)
  • Homicide (TV) (1993 & 2000)
  • Superman I & II(1978 & 1980)
  • Silver Streak (1976)
  • Network (1976)
  • All the President’s Men (1976)
  • Nashville (1975)
  • Deliverance (1972)

Fun Fact:

Ned Beatty is known as the busiest actor in Hollywood (IMDb).


  • 2002 - Laurence Olivier Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Role for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • 1997 – Ovation Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Show Boat
  • 1992 – Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Hear My Song
  • 1990 – Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor for Last Train Home
  • 1979 – Emmy nomination as Outstanding Lead Actor for Friendly Fire
  • 1977 – Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Network

Regarding Bipolar Disorder:

In an interview for the Charlotte Observer, Ned Beatty spoke with reporter Luaine Lee regarding the fact that he has bipolar disorder (manic depression). “I’ve had this problem since I was in my 20s. They don’t call it manic depression anymore. They call it a bipolar disorder, and I’m a Type 2” (1998). He also discussed how it seems easier to perform when manic, but noted that even depression doesn’t really hinder his work. In referring to these episodes of mania or depression, Beatty says “Performing is such a second-nature thing that I can do it in the middle of one of these things” (Lee, 1998). With an extraordinarily successful career studded with stage performances, over a hundred movies, and innumerable television appearances, it is abundantly clear the bipolar disorder has not hindered this celebrated actor.

References (2005). Ned Beatty’s Milestones.

IMDb. (2005). Ned Beatty.

NNBD. (2005). Ned Beatty.

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