TV character and film actor Charles Napier has died. Napier was best known for playing stern, tough guys in films such as the 1980 comedy The Blues Brothers.
Following the unfortunate death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is cinematic tough guy Charles Napier. The veteran actor was hospitalized earlier this week and passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 75 years old.
Napier was born April 12, 1936 in Scottsville, Kentucky to Sarah and Liones Napier. He spent much of his youth in the U.S. Army where he served until the mid-1960s. Napier decided to move to Los Angeles, California and worked as a substitute teacher while honing his acting craft. He picked up small roles on popular TV shows such as Kojak, Rockford Files, Mission: Impossible and Baretta.
After earning his stripes on the small screen, Napier was ready to tackle features. His breakout role came in the form of Tucker McElroy in the SNL hit, The Blues Brothers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Napier’s character was so popular that people would often stop him on the street and recite his famous line: “You’re gonna look pretty funny trying to eat corn on the cob with no [expletive] teeth.”
The success opened doors to other films such as Rambo: First Blood Part II, Killer Instinct and The Silence of the Lambs. During the ’90s and early 2000s, Napier kept busy with television appearances — the most recent being the FX animated series Archer.
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Napier collapsed in his home and was taken to a nearby hospital. He was admitted into intensive care but remained unresponsive. The following day he was taken off life support with the cause of death still unclear. Entertainment Weekly claims that Napier, “had suffered blood clots in his legs in the past.”
Napier is survived by three children, his two sons Whit and Hunter and daughter Meghan.
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