Deliverance” actor Bill McKinney dies at 80

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Bill McKinney

Bill McK­in­ney

Char­ac­ter actor Bill McK­in­ney, noto­ri­ous for his vil­lain­ous roles in such films as 1972’s Deliv­er­ance, died Thurs­day in South­ern California’s Val­ley Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pice of can­cer, his fam­ily announced. He was 80.

An avid smoker for 25 years of his younger life, he died of can­cer of the esoph­a­gus,” read a fam­ily announce­ment on his Face­book page.

In Deliv­er­ance, McK­in­ney played a moun­tain man who did some­thing very nasty to river trip­per Ned Beatty, order­ing him to “squeal like a pig.” Later in the film, Burt Reynolds’s char­ac­ter killed the moun­tain man with an arrow through the chest.

The partly ani­mated 2003 Warner Bros. fea­ture film Looney Tunes: Back In Actioncast him in live action as the Acme VP for Nitpicking.

He guested on Show­down, a 1995 episode of Bat­man: The Ani­mated Series, as rene­gade bounty hunger Jonah Hex, who stands in the way of Ra’s Al Ghul’s attempts in the 1800s to destroy the fledg­ling rail­road and seize con­trol of the United States government.

Born in Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee on Sep­tem­ber 12, 1931, the 5’10″ actor was a “strong, com­pas­sion­ate, moti­vated indi­vid­ual,” step­son Richard Booth told CNN on Friday.

McK­in­ney starred in seven Clint East­wood movies, includ­ing The Out­law Josey Wales (1976).

Bill McK­in­ney is sur­vived by son Clin­ton and sev­eral for­mer wives. He fin­ished a Dori­tos com­mer­cial two weeks before his death, and was also work­ing on his biog­ra­phy with his writ­ing part­ner, his fam­ily said.

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