In addition to Steve Jobs, we’ve lost another great today : actor Charles Napier.
Though the 75-year-old actor’s passing will no doubt get lesser media coverage than the famous Apple founder, Napier’s accomplishments are no less as exceptional and varied. Film fans will be especially saddened to hear that the character actor has hitched a ride on a cloud.
Jamie from ThinkMcFlyThink dropped us the sad news via email a few minutes ago. Like Jamie, I grew up with Napier’s performances – from his chisel-jawed Murdock in “Rambo : First Blood Part II” to the intimidating Lt. Bill Boyle in “Silence of the Lambs” and his Gloucester Hebbing in Stephen Frears’ “The Grifters”, the man always hit it out of the park. He always seemed to play the same type of character, a stern authoriative type (usually a military type), but nevertheless was always delish in his efforts. One of his most famous turns was as Tucker McElroy in “The Blues Brothers” – one of the few roles that didn’t require Napier to wear a uniform.
Napier’s last major film was “The Goods : Live Hard, Sell Hard” with Jeremy Piven in 2009, just prior to that he appeared in “Annapolis” with Tyrese Gibson and James Franco, “The Kid & I” with Tom Arnold, “Lords of Dogtown”, and the remake of “The Manchurian Candidate”.
Though cause of death is unknown, Napier – said to have last been in hospital for blood clots in his legs – seems to have died of natural causes.
Here’s some classic Napier to go out on, as we say goodbye to a movie great :
- Fernandez, Noth, Parker, Benson are Chronically Metropolitan - January 30, 2015
- Huisman, Palmer set for Currie’s 2:22 - January 30, 2015
- Junior’s back! Problem Child headed to NBC - January 30, 2015
- Cowboy Ninja Viking finds directors - January 30, 2015
- Disney : Episodes VII and VIII due 2017, 2019 - January 30, 2015
- Eddie Murphy returning to Saturday Night Live - January 30, 2015
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan books Spielberg series - January 30, 2015
- The Flash : Set pics capture Graye, Hamill - January 30, 2015
- Teaser Trailer : Spooks : The Greater Good - January 30, 2015
- A teaser for The 5th Wave crashes down - January 30, 2015
Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.