'Deliverance' Mountain Man Bill McKinney Passes Away at Age 80

December 2, 2011
Source: THR

Bill McKinney

It's been a sad week of losing great talent from the likes of filmmaker Ken Russell, to comedian Patrice O'Neal, leaving us all too soon, and unfortunately we end the week losing another fantastic actor. THR reports Bill McKinney, the actor who scared the hell out of some adventurous campers and telling one in the terrified party to "squeal like a pig" in the 1972 thriller Deliverance, has passed away at 80-years old after losing a battle with cancer of the esophagus. McKinney was acting right up until his death with recent roles in How Do You Know and Pride and Glory and a Doritos commercial shot just two weeks ago.

McKinney's film credits include a slew of Western themed films including The Outlaw Josey Wales and Bronco Billy with Clint Eastwood (with whom he collaborated five more times) and bit parts in City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold and Back to the Future Part III. The actor also turned in great performances in The Green Mile with Tom Hanks and First Blood with Sylvester Stallone. However, no role defined him like his terrifying and creepy turn as the character known only as Mountain Man in the film's now infamous rape scene. The actor's official website even went by the name McKinney was in the middle of working on a biography with his writing partner, and the book will likely still be published in 2012. Rest in peace.

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