Actor Bill McKinney has died at the age of 80. McKinney is best known for playing the sadistic Mountain Man in the 1972 film 'Deliverance.'
McKinney would go on to star in movies such as Sam Peckinpah's 'Junior Bonner,' 'First Blood,' and 'Back to the Future Part 3.' He was also in several Clint Eastwood films, including 'Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,' 'The Outlaw Josey Wales' and 'Pink Cadillac.'

A statement on Bill McKinney's Facebook page states that,

"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. He was 80 and still strong enough to have filmed a Dorito's commercial 2 weeks prior to his passing, and he continued to work on his biography with his writing partner. Hopefully 2012 will bring a publisher for the wild ride his life was. He is survived by son Clinton, along with several ex-wives. R.I.P. Bill sept.12 1931 - dec. 1 2011."

[via EW and Facebook]

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