Bakersfield, California: His granite jaw, toothy grin and steely stare were the tools that made Charles Napier one of the most recognisable actors movie and TV audiences never heard of.
From the dim-witted country music star John Belushi flimflammed in 'The Blues Brothers' movie to the scheming military intelligence officer who matched wits with Sylvester Stallone in 'Rambo: First Blood II', Napier appeared in scores of films and TV shows in a career spanning more than 40 years.
He died Wednesday at age 75 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, his longtime friend Dennis Wilson told the Bakersfield Californian. The cause of death was not given.
The actor, whose earliest roles included a memorable turn as a hippie wanderer searching for paradise in a classic 1960s 'Star Trek' episode, continued to work until shortly before his death. He had a voice role in the animated series 'Archer' earlier this year....more
01:44 PM, Oct 07, 2011