Charles Napier, a veteran tough guy actor who brought his swagger to such films as “Rambo: First Blood,” and such vintage TV series as “Star Trek,” and “Hogan’s Heroes,” has died. He was 75.
“Wherever I go, people will look at me as though they recognize me,” he wrote in his autobiography “Square Jaw and Big Heart: The Life and Times of a Hollywood Actor,” earlier this year. “They see that square jaw with the big smile. They may not know my name, but they know that face.”
According to an obituary published in The Guardian today, Napier was born in Allen County, Ky., the son of a tobacco farmer and postman. He joined the Army after high school, where he served as a paratrooper. He later attended Western Kentucky University, graduating with a degree in art, The Guardian reported.
HIs acting career began in 1967, with stage work. He later went on to land a small part in the old “Mission Impossible” TV show. Turns on “Hogan’s Heroes” and “Star Trek” followed.
In the ensuing four decades, Napier was rarely without work. An inspection of his IMDB page shows him starring in such iconic films as “The Blues Brothers,” “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” “Philadelphia,” and even “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”
Read the full obituary here.