Vale – Charles Napier

Charles Napier - 1936-2011

Hollywood film and television star Charles Napier has passed away. Napier appeared in a string of television series’, from the live action format (Knight Rider, The A Team, Dukes Of Hazzard) and to voicing roles in the animated format (The Superman Adventures), as well as a vast number of bit-roles in film. He’s best remembered as the leader of the Good Ol’ Boys in the original Blues Brothers film, as well as opposite Sly Stallone in Rambo: First Blood Part II, Silence of the Lambs, The Cable Guy (with Jim Carrey), Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (and the sequel, The Spy Who Shagged Me), Philadelphia (with Denzel Washington), Steel (with former NBL star Shaquille O’Neill), the remake of The Manchurian Candidate, and among his last films, Annapolis, in 2006.

Mr Napier passed away on October 5th, aged 75.

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  1. One of my favorite character actors. It was always a pleasure to see him in a film. I think I was first exposed to him in The Blues Brothers.

  2. A face I recognise instantly. There are two films that I will always remember him from and you mention them above – The Blues Brothers and getting his face ripped off in Silence of The Lambs – poor chap!

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Vale – Charles Napier

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