06/16/2005 at 08:00 AM EDT
Lane Smith, a longtime character actor who played a small-town district attorney who battled Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny and was Daily Planet editor Perry White in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, died Monday night at his home in Los Angeles, according to his wife, Debbie Benedict Smith. He was 69.
He reportedly suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease, an illness that damages the neuromuscular system.
Born in Memphis, Tenn., Smith appeared in numerous films and TV shows. Most recently, he appeared in the 2000 movie The Legend of Bagger Vance, starring Will Smith and Matt Damon.
Other roles included those in the movies The Distinguished Gentleman, Son in Law, The Mighty Ducks and The Hi-Lo Country, and Richard Nixon in the TV movie The Final Days.
Besides his wife, Smith is survived by his son Robbie, 18, and a brother and sister. He also has a 19-year-old stepson, the Associated Press reports.