Charles Lewis Napier April 12, — October 5, was an American character actor in film and television, known for his prolific career playing memorable supporting and leading roles in genre cinemaoften in the role of a copsoldieror authority figure. After leaving his Kentucky hometown to serve in the army, he graduated from college and worked as a sports coach and art teacher before settling on acting as a career.
Napier established himself in character roles and worked steadily for the next 35 years. He made numerous collaborations with director Jonathan Demmeincluding roles in the critically acclaimed drama Philadelphiacomedy Married to the Mobhistorical horror-drama Belovedthe political-thriller remake The Manchurian Candidateand the Best Picture -winning psychological horror film adaptation The Silence of the Lambs.
Napier was born in Mt. Union,  Kentucky near Scottsville. After his service, he attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Greengraduating in with a major in art and minor in physical education.
He wanted to be a basketball coach and his first job was as an assistant coach at his old high school in Allen County, coaching under Allen County legend James Bazzell. Soon after, he gave up coaching, eventually taking jobs with a bridge company and an advertising agency before moving to Clearwater, Florida to teach art at JFK Junior High School. Inhe returned to attend graduate school at Western Kentucky where he was encouraged to pursue acting by instructor D. Russell Miller.
Following some success in the local Alley Playhouse, Napier moved back to Florida where he continued to teach as well as act in community theater, eventually moving into Clearwater's Little Theatre as its live-in caretaker. During this time he also pursued painting. After a spell in New York Napier moved to California. He acquired an agent and a union card for a bit part in Mission: Impossible. His First Plane Out Of Mexico - The Charles Napiers - The Charles Napiers debut came about by accident.
In addition to acting and helping with the cameras when setting up shots, he did stunts, make up and driving on the film. After the low budget Moonfirehe worked as a journalist and photographer for Overdrive magazine for a Tonight - Derrick Harriott - Rock Steady Party years; a strike sent him back to Hollywood in where, at age 39, he First Plane Out Of Mexico - The Charles Napiers - The Charles Napiers reduced to living in his car in the parking lot of Meyer's office with no money, work or agent.
He was summoned to Universal Studios to meet Alfred Hitchcock who had just seen a print of Supervixens and Napier was given a one-year contract. Napier became a prolific character actor, appearing regularly in TV series of the time, and a number of pilots. He also appeared in the pilot episode of Knight Rider in The director of Citizen's BandJonathan Demmewas laudatory about Napier's abilities, and went on to cast him in several films including The Silence of the Lambs and, in what was Napier's favourite role of his career, a judge in Philadelphia.
Napier was in many advertisements. He also provided several guest voices for episodes of The Simpsons. He had a small role during the sixth season of Диблопопс - Ногу Свело! - Каллы Your Enthusiasm in as a barber who assaults and drives Larry David from his shop after David offends him. Little Miss Mystery - Guitar Gangsters - Power Chords For England Jr.
Napier was married twice. His first wife was Delores Wilson. After his divorce, he married Dee Napier. Phil show in to discuss his obsession with being famous.
Phil Show website, "Despite appearing in close to films and countless hit TV shows, Charles Napier says he's depressed he's not a big star. First Plane Out Of Mexico - The Charles Napiers - The Charles Napiers wife, Dee, says that instead of becoming upset when he gets rejected for a part, Charles should be grateful and proud of his year career.
She also thinks it's time he started First Plane Out Of Mexico - The Charles Napiers - The Charles Napiers the family, not the pursuit of fame, his priority. Napier and his second wife had two children, Hunter and Meghan; he also had a son, Chuck, from his previous marriage.
Napier died on October 5,after collapsing the previous day. The Millenium Thug - Funkmaster Flex & Big Kap - The Tunnel cause of death was not released, but Napier had De Coração A Coração - Galo Preto - Conjunto Galo Preto treated for deep vein thrombosis in his legs in May From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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