Character Actor, Longtime Hollywood ‘Tough Guy,’ Dead at 75

Oct 7, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A veteran Hollywood character actor who carved out a busy career playing tough guys — often military types — has died, reports The Washington Post.

Charles Napier, known for his roles in films including "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Rambo," died Wednesday at 75, the story reports. The cause of death was undisclosed.

Napier’s long career featured a variety of roles, including tough guys and country types. He was a groovy space hippie in the original "Star Trek" series on NBC, and a country-western singer in "The Blues Brothers." He also later appeared on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” as a no-nonsense general at Area 51.

He had another notable role voicing the character of Duke Phillips, the TV station owner on the Fox animated series "The Critic," which starred Jon Lovitz.

He reportedly played roles in most of director Jonathan Demme’s films, and movie critic Roger Ebert referred to Napier as “that character actor with a smile like Jaws.”

Napier reportedly appeared along with his wife on a 2003 episode of “Dr. Phil” to talk about having an obsession with being famous.


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