Ed Lauter

Biography: An English major in college, Ed Lauter worked as a stand-up comic before entering films in 1971. The tall, menacing Lauter has generally been typecast as humorless, easily corruptible authority figures. He was at his meanest as the vindictive Captain Knaur in Robert Aldrich's The Longest Yard. His TV credits include such roles as Sheriff Cain in BJ and the Bear (1979-80) and General Louis Crewes in Stephen King's The Golden Years (1991). In 1976, Ed Lauter was afforded a rare leading role--and a sympathetic one to boot--in the made-for-TV murder mystery Last Hours Before Morning (1976). Lauter appeared in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard and had a small role in the Oscar-winning film The Artist (2011). He also had a recurring role on the TV series Shameless. Lauter passed away in 2013 of mesothelioma at age 74, with several films in post-production, awaiting release.

Ed Lauter's Scores

Average career score: 51
Highest Metascore: 79 Family Plot
Lowest Metascore: 18 Death Wish 3
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
25 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Chief Zabu Oct 28, 2016 Skip Keisel 9.6
47 The Town That Dreaded Sundown Oct 16, 2014 Sheriff Underwood 6.9
62 The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Dec 7, 2012 Big Jim tbd
58 Trouble with the Curve Sep 21, 2012 Cast / Max 6.6
42 Godspeed Mar 26, 2010 Mitch tbd
tbd The Number 23 Feb 23, 2007 Father Sebastian 6.2
62 Seraphim Falls Jan 26, 2007 Parsons 7.5
19 Into the Fire Sep 23, 2005 Captain Dave Cutler 5.3
65 School Ties Sep 18, 1992 Alan Greene 7.5
61 The Rocketeer Jun 21, 1991 Fitch 7.3
35 My Blue Heaven Aug 17, 1990 Underwood / Underwood 7.2
40 Gleaming the Cube Jan 13, 1989 Mr. Kelly tbd
28 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Jul 10, 1987 Buzz tbd
44 Raw Deal Jun 6, 1986 Baker 6.9
51 Youngblood Jan 31, 1986 Murray Chadwick tbd
18 Death Wish 3 Nov 1, 1985 Richard Shriker 5.0
71 Real Genius Aug 7, 1985 David Decker / David Decker tbd
56 Girls Just Want to Have Fun Apr 12, 1985 Col. Glenn tbd
57 Cujo Aug 12, 1983 Joe Camber / Joe Camber tbd
40 Death Hunt May 21, 1981 Hazel tbd
49 Magic Nov 8, 1978 Duke tbd
25 The White Buffalo May 1, 1977 Captain Tom Custer tbd
61 King Kong Dec 17, 1976 Carnahan 7.3
79 Family Plot Apr 9, 1976 Maloney tbd
68 French Connection II May 21, 1975 General Brian 6.8
61 The Longest Yard Aug 30, 1974 Captain Knauer 6.8
74 The Last American Hero Jul 27, 1973 Burton Colt tbd