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Actor Bill McKinney, famous for playing a dangerous hillbilly in Deliverance (1972), died Thursday of lung cancer at age 80.
His family posted the news on Facebook.
"Today our dear Bill McKinney passed away at Valley Presbyterian Hospice. An avid smoker for 25 years of his younger life, he died of cancer of the esophagus," the statement read.
The actor was also working on his biography at the time of his death.
McKinney hailed from Tennessee.
After serving in the Navy during the Korean War, McKinney took acting classes (one of his classmates was Dustin Hoffman), which led to his own career.
His big break came with Deliverance in which his character sexually assaults Ned Beatty’s. His line, “I bet you can squeal like a pig” became notorious.
McKinney’s other film work included several teamings with actor-director Clint Eastwood.
Perhaps his most memorable of his six films with Eastwood was another villain in the western The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976).
His other films include The Shootist (1976), First Blood (1982), Back to the Future Part III (1990) and How Do You Know (2010).
McKinney’s television work began with an appearance on The Monkees and went on to include Murder She Wrote and Baywatch.