A face you’re bound to know: Actor Ed Lauter dead at 74

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His career spanned four decades from 'Mannix' to 'The Artist'

He has often played sheriffs, heavies, cops

He seemed to be the opposite of the out-of-work actor

He shot movies due to come out in the next two years, so you may see him again

CNN  — 

A face you know is gone.

Actor Ed Lauter may not have been a shooting star, but he was no flash in the pan.