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Published: Thursday, 10/6/2011

Character actor Charles Napier, known for tough-guy roles, dies at age 75

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Character actor Charles Napier, whose granite jaw and toothy grin earned him tough-guy roles in movies like "Rambo: First Blood Part 2," has died in California at 75.

Longtime friend Dennis Wilson tells the Bakersfield Californian that Napier died Wednesday at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. No other details are being released.

Napier may be best known as the scheming intelligence officer facing Sylvester Stallone in the 1985 "Rambo" sequel.

He's also remembered as Good Ole Boys front man Tucker McElroy in the 1980 musical comedy film "The Blues Brothers."

Napier was the judge in 1993's "Philadelphia," and he was Lt. Bill Boyle in 1991's "Silence of the Lambs."



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