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Deliverance actor Herbert ‘Cowboy’ Coward killed in car crash alongside girlfriend

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Herbert “Cowboy” Coward, known for his role in the film Deliverance, has tragically passed away in a car accident in North Carolina at the age of 85. The incident occurred as he and his girlfriend, Bertha Brooks (78), were driving along a North Carolina highway.

The crash, which also claimed the lives of Coward’s pet dog and squirrel, happened when Coward, who was driving, turned onto a highway and collided with an oncoming truck. The 16-year-old truck driver was hospitalized with injuries, but speeding was not suspected. Both Coward and Brooks were reported not to have been wearing seatbelts during the crash.

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Herbert “Cowboy” Coward, acclaimed for his role in Deliverance, a film nominated for three Oscars in 1973, including Best Picture, has passed away. His co-stars in the movie included Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox.

In Deliverance, Coward played the Toothless Man, a role known for a memorable and disturbing scene with actor Jon Voight, where he delivers the famous line, “He got a real purty mouth, ain’t he?” Coward’s character meets his demise in the film, killed by an arrow and lowered into a river, a stunt he performed himself.

In his younger years, Coward acquired his toothless smile after being struck by a pistol that knocked out his two front teeth. In later life, the actor became known for bringing his pet squirrel along on outings, as evidenced in tributes online.

“He was a nice man, and had a pet squirrel that went everywhere with him. The community will miss him,” an X user wrote.

 

 

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