Veteran TV and Film Actor, Known for Macho Western Characters, Dead at 95

Jul 31, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An actor known for his prolific macho roles in Westerns such as "Gunsmoke" has died, reports The New York Times. R.G. Armstrong Jr., 95, died Friday at his home in Studio City, Calif.

Armstrong had guest spots on almost all of the popular Western television shows during the 1950s and 1960s, and was also a regular in films after meeting director Sam Peckinpah on the set of the 1960 series "The Westerner," the story notes.

He played a Christian fundamentalist in Peckinpah’s "Ride the High Country," a minister in "Major Dundee," which starred Charlton Heston, and a cruel lawman in "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid." Armstrong was also a favorite of Warren Beatty, cast in Beatty’s films including "Dick Tracy" (Armstrong played Pruneface) and "Heaven Can Wait."

Other film credits for Armstrong included the 1966 John Wayne-Robert Mitchum movie “El Dorado,” “Predator” (1987) and “Children of the Corn” (1984).

His extensive TV work included appearances on "Rawhide," "Bonanza," “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “The Rifleman,” “Zane Grey Theater,” “Maverick,” “Cheyenne,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Twilight Zone.”

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