It seems like he was around forever, often playing tough, slightly crooked individuals on either side of the law. And no matter the size of the role (which was often small) his performances were hard to ignore.
From Magic to Family Plot and from the original 1974 film, The Longest Yard to the 2005 remake of the same name, Ed Lauter added spice to scenes and complemented the overall acting ensemble of just about every project he was a part of.
Even though his performances were always strong and memorable, an Oscar nomination never made his resume. However, like a good soldier, audiences could always count on Ed Lauter going above and beyond his duty to deliver a performance that held its own among the best.