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RIP Charles Napier, Famous Character Actor
Hollywood Reporter ^

Posted on 10/06/2011 5:22:37 AM PDT by YourAdHere

The actor, who was known for tough-guy roles, also appeared in "Philadelphia," "Silence of the Lambs" and "Rambo: First Blood II."

Charles Napier, an actor who was known for his tough-guy roles in movies like Blues Brothers, died Wednesday afternoon at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, according to reports. He was 75.

The actor was reportedly found sometime Tuesday morning in his Bakersfield home after having collapsed and was taken to the hospital, where he was put on life support in the intensive care unit. Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, he was taken off life support.

The cause of death is unclear, but Napier was previously admitted to the hospital in May 2010 to treat blood clots in his legs.

Napier was born April 12, 1936, in Allen County, Ky., to a tobacco farmer and homemaker. After graduating high school, he joined the Army before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s. He worked as a substitute teacher and reportedly became friends with Jack Nicholson, who helped find him an agent.

His first part was a small role in the TV series Mission: Impossible, and he went on to appear in such shows as Kojak, Baretta and Rockford Files.

But it was in 1980's Blues Brothers that Napier found the role that would make earn him recognition. The actor played Tucker McElroy in the movie, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and reportedly would get stopped by fans quoting his memorable line: "You're gonna look pretty funny trying to eat corn on the cob with no f---ing teeth."

Napier's other credits include Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs and Rambo: First Blood II. Most recently, he voiced a role in FX's Archer and appeared in the movie The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard opposite Jeremy Piven.

Napier, who was divorced, is survived by two sons, Whit and Hunter, and a daughter, Meghan.


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Great character actor, mainly known for tough, military types.
1 posted on 10/06/2011 5:22:41 AM PDT by YourAdHere
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To: YourAdHere

"You're gonna look pretty funny trying to eat corn on the cob with no f**king teeth!"

2 posted on 10/06/2011 5:28:02 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (Forget the Lawyers....first kill the journalists! - Die Ritter, die sagen, nee)
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To: DCBryan1
Charles Napier
3 posted on 10/06/2011 5:32:36 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: YourAdHere
Well, suppose we ain't got no union cards and go in there and start playin' anyway? Whatcha gonna do about that? You gonna stop us, Stein?

He was an excellent actor. I'm sorry to see him go.

4 posted on 10/06/2011 5:32:40 AM PDT by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm at NO additional charge.)
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To: YourAdHere
Great in The Blues Brothers (he was the leader of the Good Old Boys) and he always turned up in Jonathan Demme films.
5 posted on 10/06/2011 5:33:36 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: YourAdHere

He was a good actor. RIP.


6 posted on 10/06/2011 5:33:49 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: YourAdHere

Was in the great comedy The Blues Brothers.


7 posted on 10/06/2011 5:35:12 AM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: YourAdHere

Always liked to see him pop up in a film.


8 posted on 10/06/2011 5:35:56 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: YourAdHere

RIP and thanks for the entertainment!


9 posted on 10/06/2011 5:37:14 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Cain for President - Because I like the content of his character)
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To: DCBryan1
The "Good Ol' Boys" chasing down the Blues brothers was also priceless.......especially when Napier's cowboy boot got super-glued to the gas pedal.

The "Good Ol' Boys".

One of the most memorable scenes caught on film.........Napier was unforgettable.

10 posted on 10/06/2011 5:38:17 AM PDT by Liz (The rule of law must prevail. We can’t govern ourselves by our personal point of view.)
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To: YourAdHere

Great actor who really did a fantastic job with his roles. RIP.


11 posted on 10/06/2011 5:38:59 AM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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He was also in the “so bad its good” episode of Star Trek called “The Way to Eden,” playing a really groovy space hippie.


12 posted on 10/06/2011 5:42:36 AM PDT by YourAdHere (How about a game show like Hollywood Squares, but with kids? Gary Coleman could host.)
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To: wally_bert

Damn. A space hippy passes on. RIP.


13 posted on 10/06/2011 5:45:01 AM PDT by M1911A1
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To: YourAdHere

‘I m gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy!
I’m gonna get some help from DR McCoy”

I still remember that quote and as a kid, I laughed my arse off every time he said that line during the many reruns of that ‘guilty pleasure’ episode.

RIP Charlies Napier


14 posted on 10/06/2011 5:48:21 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: YourAdHere

And also in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” episode “Little Green Men” as “Gen. Denning” at Area 51 who interrogates Quark, Rom and Nog.


15 posted on 10/06/2011 5:52:23 AM PDT by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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To: YourAdHere
here he is as a space hippee in star trek
16 posted on 10/06/2011 5:52:31 AM PDT by DM1
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Wow, that had to hurt, LOL. But he always looked like he was enjoying the heck outta what he was doing.

RIP.


17 posted on 10/06/2011 5:54:58 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: DM1

"You're gonna look pretty funny smokin' buds with no f**king bong!"


18 posted on 10/06/2011 5:58:01 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (Forget the Lawyers....first kill the journalists! - Die Ritter, die sagen, nee)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

We reach, brother. You are not Herbert.


19 posted on 10/06/2011 5:59:04 AM PDT by YourAdHere (How about a game show like Hollywood Squares, but with kids? Gary Coleman could host.)
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To: DCBryan1
"You're gonna look pretty funny trying to eat corn on the cob with no f**king teeth!"

HA! I was just about to post that. My favorite Charles Napier quote ever!
(I actually had occasion to use that one time years ago. It had the intended effect and allowed me to avoid fisticuffs.)

20 posted on 10/06/2011 6:00:47 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Attacking Wall Street because you’re jobless is like burning down Whole Foods because you’re hungr)
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To: YourAdHere

LOL That’s the episode the Occupy Wall street protestors get their inspiration.


21 posted on 10/06/2011 6:02:28 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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To: DCBryan1

A role that was written and played to T, accurately, a type we meet in society many times. Not so much the “hippy”, but the smiling charming con man inviting us to join HIS house of delights.


22 posted on 10/06/2011 6:03:18 AM PDT by bvw
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To: YourAdHere

It probably won’t get a lot of ‘play’ while fans mourn his passing but ...

Napier was infamously connected to the classic soft-porn entrepreneur Russ Meyers with starring / featured roles in “Harry, Cherry and Raquel”, “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” and “Supervixens”. For a time, THAT was what he was most noted for. He seemed to spend a long time recovering his ‘credibility’ as a ‘legitimate actor’ after that.

His acting ‘style’ could most charitably be described as unselfconsciously wooden to limply slapstick with very little gradation in between. Sometimes you wondered if he was overindulging in self-parody.

I recall him as some kind of air-head ‘hippy’ in a Star Trek TOS episode with Skip Homeier as a Svengali professor leading his merry band ‘Back to Eden’. ( BTW: That episode was actually most notorious for the remarkable ‘new-age’ jam session featuring Spock and the hippies. Incredible stuff ... )

21stCenturion


23 posted on 10/06/2011 6:06:48 AM PDT by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: 21stCenturion

“Hey, out there....hey out there. I see you - I see you!”


24 posted on 10/06/2011 6:10:11 AM PDT by YourAdHere (How about a game show like Hollywood Squares, but with kids? Gary Coleman could host.)
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To: DM1

BAH HA HA HA>.....just made this photo of the space hippee my Facebook profile!


25 posted on 10/06/2011 6:11:52 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (Forget the Lawyers....first kill the journalists! - Die Ritter, die sagen, nee)
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To: YourAdHere
Murdock: Rambo, this is Murdock, we're glad you're alive. Where the hell are you? Give us your position and we'll come to pick you up!

Rambo: Murdock... I'm coming to get you!

Oh, the look on his face after Stallone said that was just pure fear.

EXCELLENT actor. He will be missed.

26 posted on 10/06/2011 6:27:21 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Liz

He looked damn good in 2005. RIP Charles!

27 posted on 10/06/2011 6:29:20 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (Forget the Lawyers....first kill the journalists! - Die Ritter, die sagen, nee)
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To: YourAdHere

One
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2xyRObL0Xw&feature=related


28 posted on 10/06/2011 6:31:52 AM PDT by freefdny
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To: DM1

29 posted on 10/06/2011 6:32:30 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (Forget the Lawyers....first kill the journalists! - Die Ritter, die sagen, nee)
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To: M1911A1

30 posted on 10/06/2011 6:35:56 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (Forget the Lawyers....first kill the journalists! - Die Ritter, die sagen, nee)
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Yup-—he sure did look good.

Those brilliant teeth of his gave him so much character.


31 posted on 10/06/2011 6:37:05 AM PDT by Liz (The rule of law must prevail. We can’t govern ourselves by our personal point of view.)
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To: YourAdHere

*Sigh* These things always happen in 3’s don’t they. First Don Lapre. And if that wasn’t bad enough, now Steve Jobs and Charles Napier.


32 posted on 10/06/2011 7:04:21 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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ha thats awesome good choice


33 posted on 10/06/2011 7:06:00 AM PDT by DM1
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To: YourAdHere

We reach, brother. You are not Herbert.

LOL!!!

I forgot that line....


34 posted on 10/06/2011 7:15:46 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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He was also in the “so bad its good” episode of Star Trek called “The Way to Eden,” playing a really groovy space hippie.

Yeah, that out-thrust jaw always made him a standout character. He will always live in my mind in that part because of that bit he did after Bones had examined him.

Every time I hit the VA for my semi-annual exam, the wife stays in the reception area. After the exam, she'll ask how I did. I take an Al Jolsom "Mammy!" stance and repeat
"Gonna crack my knuckles and jump for joy
Got a clean bill 'o health from Doc McCoy!"

Those who look up try not to make eye contact but once, in all these years, one younger guy said "You reach, brother".

RIP, Brother.

35 posted on 10/06/2011 8:05:27 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: M1911A1

Do you think he’s found Eden?


36 posted on 10/06/2011 8:05:33 AM PDT by YourAdHere (How about a game show like Hollywood Squares, but with kids? Gary Coleman could host.)
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To: windcliff; onedoug

ping


37 posted on 10/06/2011 8:05:52 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: DCBryan1

“We’re the Good Ole Blues Brothers Boys.”


38 posted on 10/06/2011 8:07:15 AM PDT by dfwgator
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THAT’S where I know him from. Damn, that’s sad. Good actor.


39 posted on 10/06/2011 8:12:31 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: stylecouncilor

Someone had better contact Russ.

¨Hell, you´ve got all the police you´ll ever need.¨

RIP


40 posted on 10/06/2011 9:16:00 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: YourAdHere

The originally voice (now imitated fairly well, by Bobby F. Ellerbee) of "The Sheriff," (2005-2006) on the eccentrically hilarious "Squidbillies," late night on the Cartoon Network's "AdultSwim" segment.

41 posted on 10/06/2011 10:21:12 AM PDT by Prospero
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Napier was also the voice of Duke Phillips in the short-lived but brilliant animated series “The Critic”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHw4_oPJ6s8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiguDe8ZZQQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzYNByTu1eg


42 posted on 10/06/2011 11:04:08 AM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


43 posted on 10/06/2011 1:40:57 PM PDT by EveningStar
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RIP, and thanks for your service.


44 posted on 10/06/2011 2:40:41 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: Perdogg; DollyCali; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; Mama_Bear; Jack Deth; ...

I believe he was in Beyond the Valley of The Dolls.


45 posted on 10/06/2011 2:41:51 PM PDT by Perdogg (I would vote for Pawnstar Chumlee, before I would vote for 0bama)
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To: YourAdHere

He also played the guard who has his face cut off and worn by Hannible Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, facilitating his escape.


46 posted on 10/06/2011 2:55:32 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: YourAdHere; Perdogg; Impy; GOPsterinMA; Clintonfatigued; Clemenza

Loved this guy ! RIP.


47 posted on 10/06/2011 3:07:05 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: YourAdHere

I liked him. RIP, Mr. Napier.


48 posted on 10/06/2011 3:16:57 PM PDT by rabidralph
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Loved him as the a-hole bureaucrat in Rambo: First Blood Part II.


49 posted on 10/06/2011 3:29:59 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Romney as president will just destroy the country slower than Obama.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Another “that guy”. Instantly recognizable. RIP.


50 posted on 10/07/2011 4:31:36 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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