Skip to comments.RIP Charles Napier, Famous Character Actor
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.
"You're gonna look pretty funny trying to eat corn on the cob with no f**king teeth!"
He was an excellent actor. I'm sorry to see him go.
He was a good actor. RIP.
Was in the great comedy The Blues Brothers.
Always liked to see him pop up in a film.
RIP and thanks for the entertainment!
The "Good Ol' Boys".
One of the most memorable scenes caught on film.........Napier was unforgettable.
Great actor who really did a fantastic job with his roles. RIP.
He was also in the “so bad its good” episode of Star Trek called “The Way to Eden,” playing a really groovy space hippie.
Damn. A space hippy passes on. RIP.
‘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
And also in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” episode “Little Green Men” as “Gen. Denning” at Area 51 who interrogates Quark, Rom and Nog.
Wow, that had to hurt, LOL. But he always looked like he was enjoying the heck outta what he was doing.
"You're gonna look pretty funny smokin' buds with no f**king bong!"
We reach, brother. You are not Herbert.
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.)
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