'The Longest Yard' actor Ed Lauter dies at 74

Washington, Oct 18 (ANI): Veteran character actor, Ed Lauter, passed away at his home in West Hollywood on Wednesday. He was 74.

According to the late actor's publicist, Lauter died from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer usually caused by exposure to asbestos, Contactmusic reported.

Lauter, who was highly praised for his chameleon acting abilities, was known for his 'The Longest Yard' role in which he played Burt Reynold's nemesis, an aggressive prison guard.

He recently starred in 'The Artist' as the butler to a Hollywood star, played by Berenice Bejo. (ANI)