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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Damn. A space hippy passes on. RIP.


13 posted on 10/06/2011 5:45:01 AM PDT by M1911A1
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‘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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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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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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"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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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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"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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