Lest his life and career get lost in the tributes to the visionary Steve Jobs, let’s remember that a very good character actor died Wednesday as well.
I first noticed the chiseled features of Charles Napier when he played that hippie on “Star Trek,” singing about “goin’ to Eden.”
He turned up in the films of Jonathan Demme (in “Philadelphia,” a cop victim of Hannibal on “Silence of the Lambs”) and “Miami Blues,” as well as “The Blues Brothers” and scores of other films and TV shows.
The last thing most of us saw him in was “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.” A big, brawny man, his features were virtually a parody of “Hollywood hunk,” very lifeguard-ish. That made him right for many a tough guy role in comedies, many a square-jawed general or cop.
An Army vet, friend of Nicholson and Hunter S. Thompson and a man with a sense of humor about himself, Napier died Wednesday in California, with the cause of death of unknown at the moment.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times