Actor Lane Smith has lost his battle with Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 69.
The My Cousin Vinny star passed away on Monday (11Jun12) at his home in Los Angeles, his wife Debbie Benedict Smith tells the Associated Press.
Smith, who studied at the famed Actors Studio in New York with Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino, is best known for playing U.S. President Richard Nixon in TV movie The Final Days, a role which earned him a Golden Globe award nomination.
He also racked up a credit playing newspaper editor Perry White in TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, as well as roles in films including The Legend of Bagger Vance and The Mighty Ducks.