Wednesday, October 5, 2011

RIP Charles Napier

Actor, Kern resident Charles Napier dead at 75

Actor Charles Napier, a Kern County resident who appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows, died Wednesday in a Bakersfield hospital. He was 75.

Charles Napier, a movie and television actor who had a face you knew even if you didn’t know his name, died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital, Greenlawn Funeral Directors confirmed late Wednesday afternoon.

Napier, 75, had health problems in recent months and reportedly collapsed in his home Monday and was admitted to the hospital. He died about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Napier was in some of the biggest movies in the last 30 years, usually in a tough-guy role.

He played the Memphis police lieutenant crucified by Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. He was the judge that heard Tom Hanks' case in Philadelphia. He was Sylvester Stallone’s nemesis Murdock in Rambo: First Blood. He was a general in Austin Powers and a country singer in The Blues Brothers.

He was a hippie on a faraway planet on the original Star Trek, and had several parts in The Simpsons.

NAPIER, Charles
Born: 4/12/1936, Scottsville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Died: 10/5/2011, Bakersfield, California, U.S.A.

Charles Napier's westerns - actor:
The Hanging of Jake Ellis - 1969 (Jake Ellis)
Ransom for Alice! (TV) - 1977 (Pete Phalin)
The Oregon Trail (TV) - 1977 (Luther Sprague)
Outlaws (TV) - 1986-1987 (Wolfson Lucas)
Guns of Paradise (TV) - 1989 (Sheriff Cochran)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) 1999 (Warden Kyle)
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron - 2002 (Roy)
Shadowheart - 2009 (Sheriff Sanders)

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