Just saw him yesterday inb the Warren Beatty Dick Tracy film. He was always good at playing a mean s.o.b.
He had a bit part in a 1961 “Andy Griffith Show” where he played a farmer with a daughter that wanted to use make up and wear dresses but he couldn’t allow it because he didn’t have anybody else to help him with the farm. He finally allowed it when Andy reasoned that his daughter should get dolled up and get married so the farmer would have a strapping son in law. It was 40 years before Andy started shilling for the socialists. He was still a decent human being.
Really good character actor. Especially menacing as a villain, but could also play likeable roles well. He “looked” old even back in the 1950s!
I had no idea who he was until I saw the picture then oh boy, that guy has been in everything.
He was in some of those Burt Reynolds Gator films, I also remember him in one of the “The Invaders” episodes. Probably in too many shows to mention.
Yes he really did look like a tough character. In fact I bet he really was.
If you read through his IMDB fiimography, he appeared in almost every TV western in the early “Golden Days”. Thanks for all the great memories, R.G. Your gruff old face will be missed.......
Finally I was able to figure out who Pruneface in Dick Tracy was. It’s always bugged me because there were some clues. I can rest easy now.
He looked exactly like the chairman of the History department when I was in college. Oddly, my former chairman also died recently. I’m willing to bet R G Armstrong was a much nicer guy.
The one role I always remember most was Armstrong guest-starring in an episode of “The Westerner,” which starred Brian Keith. Armstrong thinks Keith is the one who murdered a schoolmarm, and he and his buddies decide to lynch him. When, at the last minute, the real guilty party is revealed, Armstrong sheepishly smiles and puts his hand out to Keith and apologizes. Keith turns to him and then starts beating the hell out of him!