Bill McKinney, 'Deliverance' Mountain Man, Dies at 80

Bill McKinney Deliverance - H 2011
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Bill McKinney Deliverance - H 2011

The actor, who petrified movie audiences when he said "squeal like a pig," passed away Dec. 1 after a battle with esophageal cancer.

He made a generation of moviegoers afraid to go canoeing.

Bill McKinney, the actor who played one of crazed mountain men in Deliverance and famously ordered one particularly unfortunate camper to "squeal like a pig," died Thursday at the age of 80.

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A prolific artist up until his death, McKinney's career included dozens of film credits (including 7 Clint Eastwood titles) and appearances on television series such as In The Heat of the Night, Baywatch and Walker, Texas Ranger.

But McKinney was always associated with Deliverance. The 1972 film, starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty, followed a group of men on an ill-fated river trip into the Appalachian wilderness where they are hunted down by a group of sadistic locals.

McKninney, credited only as "Mountain Man," appeared in the movie's infamous rape scene. He seemed to relish the role, operating his official website under the domain

His death was confirmed Dec. 1 on his Facebook page.

"Our dear Bill McKinney passed away at Valley Presbyterian Hospice," reads the statement. "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."

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