new york Ned Beatty was able to elicit unforgettable scenes from even the smallest supporting roles – now the character actor is dead. His manager announced that he died of natural causes on Sunday in his home in Los Angeles among friends and relatives. Beatty was 83 years old. Beatty, who was born in Kentucky in 1937, actually wanted to become a pastor. But after he came across acting through a theater production in his high school, he changed his mind.