To remember his passion, to remember his life.
To remember the legacy of Ed Lauter and his lifetime work as an Actor, Ed's family and friends have started a scholarship fund to support young actors. The scholarship will be annually awarded to a young actor by Ed's family and friends. Before starting in film Ed worked as a Comedian. Studied drama at the Herbert Berghof School. Made his Broadway debut in 1970 in the play "The Great White Hope". An excellent athlete Ed attended C.W. Post College on a sports scholarship where he played baseball, football and basketball. Spent two years in the United States Army. and received a Bachelor's degree in English.
In a film career that has extended for over four decades, Lauter has starred in a plethora of film and television productions since making his big screen debut in the western Dirty Little Billy (1972). He had 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 Captain Wilhelm Knauer in The Longest Yard (1974) (Lauter also made a cameo in the 2005 remake). Lauter has also worked with Alfred Hitchcock, Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Jim Carrey and Liam Neeson. With a face that seems to appear without warning everywhere, Lauter remained in demand for roles on both films and television.
Ed Lauter - "One of the tools that an actor has - and it's a trite thing, but you can really use it a lot - is imagination. Really important. And New York City was a great place for me to grow up because I had so many characters to study. I didn't grow up in Oklahoma and then move to the city as an adult and suddenly say, "I want to be an actor." I was around actors all of the time. I was around interesting people - the people of the city."