"Today our dear Bill McKinney passed away at Valley Presbyterian Hospice," read the statement on his page. "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."
In addition to playing the sadistic mountain man who wanted to make his victim "squeal like a pig" in Deliverance, McKinney appeared in seven Clint Eastwood films, including The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet and Pink Cadillac. He also had roles in the movies The Green Mile and How Do You Know, among others, and made TV appearances on Baywatch and Hunter.
McKinney is survived by his son, Clinton, and multiple ex-wives.