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Charles Napier was born in the tiny community of Mt. Union, near  Scottsville, Kentucky, on April 12, 1936. He was educated in the public schools of Scottsville. He had the pleasure of playing in two state high school basketball tournaments in 1953 and 1954.
     After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army in 1954. He rose to the rank of E-5 (Sgt.) while serving as company clerk with Company A 511th Airborne Infantry, 11th Airborne Division.
     After service he attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. There he graduated in 1961 with a major in Art and a minor in Physical Education. His first job was as assistant basketball coach at his old high school. 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.
     While attending Graduate School back at Western Kentucky in 1964, he was persuaded by D. Russell Miller to try out for a role at the Alley Playhouse. Napier went on to perform in several plays. He played the role of "Iago" in the play "Othello".
    He then moved back to Clearwater to continue teaching, Having gotten the "acting bug", he became involved in the community theater in the Clearwater, Tampa and St. Petersburg area. He eventually moved into the Little Theatre in Clearwater as caretaker.
     During this time he also pursed his other passion - painting. His  watercolor and oil works were very popular in Florida.
In 1965 he auditioned for the "Cross and Sword" in St. Augustine, Florida. He won the role of  "Captain Albarez". That fall he gave up teaching  and headed for the sidewalks of New York to break into show biz. This was a very bleak time and with a bitter winter bearing down he set out for San Diego, California and the Shakespeare Festival at the Old Globe Theatre. He played minor roles in three classic plays before moving on to Hollywood.
     There began the struggle for existence to "make it" in the movies and /or television. He did the usual low paying jobs, such as parking cars, while waiting for his big break. Hanging around the "Rain Check Room" eventually paid off. He secured an agent and began to make some progress.
     The route he took in the entertainment industry was unplanned, but he reasoned that an acting job was work, and was what the business was all about. Anything to keep from going back to the mundane jobs of the past.
     His first television guest star role came in 1967 on the series "Mission Impossible". Next he landed the historical guest role as "Adam" in the "Way to Eden" episode of "Star Trek".In 1968, after filming a trucker movie, he decided to see more of the country. Napier took a job with the most powerful trucking magazine in the country "Overdrive". For the next two years he wrote and took pictures for "Overdrive Magazine". This job ended during the violent truck strike of 1973 and he found himself back in Hollywood.
     Down and out, Napier was living in his car on a parking lot, where one day a limo pulled up to him and the driver said, "Are you Charles Napier? Mr. Hitchcock would like to see you". Napier was taken to Universal Studios to meet Alfred Hitchcock, where he was immediately placed under contract with Universal Studios. There he worked on many television shows including Mannix, Rockford Files, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Starsky and Hutch, A-Team, and Knightrider.
In 1977 he starred in the television series "Oregon Trail" with Rod Taylor. In 1986, he once again starred with Taylor in the series "The Outlaws".
     Napier's deep voice was also lent to the television series "The Incredible Hulk", where he provided the "growls" for The Hulk.
Napier has guest starred  in many television shows including "Golden Girls", "Dallas", "Murder She Wrote", "Hudson Street", "Party of Five", "Night Court", "Walker Texas Ranger" and "Deep Space 9".
To this day, Napier has appeared in every movie that Academy Award winner, Jonathan Demme, has directed. From "Melvin and Howard", "Married to the Mob", "Silence of the Lambs", "Philadelphia", and "Beloved"
He still continues to work in films and television. This year he will be appearing in the release of "The Big Tease" with Francis Fisher, "Very Mean Men" with Charles Durning, and "Pirates of the Plain with Dee Wallace Stone.
     Lately, Napier has found success in the voiceover field. Those credits include series such as "The Critic" (voice of Duke Phillips), "The Magician" (voice of Vega and Blackjack), "Men In Black" (voice of Zed), "God, Bob, and the Devil (voice of the Preacher). Voiceover guest roles have included "Rugrats", "The Thornberrys", ""Superman", "Jonny Quest", "Sylvester and Tweety". Charlie can also be heard as the narrator on the new show "Tough". He has recently lent his voice to the new Dreamworks feature "Spirit" (voice of Cowboy Jim). In the short animation film "El Gringo", Napier's voice can be heard in the role of "Gringo". This film is a possible Academy Award nomination  for this year.
     You may also recognize his voice as the national spokesperson for GM's Montana Minivan by Pontiac. He also just completed a new commercial for "Bud Lite" .
     Charlie and his wife, Dee, live on their ranch in the beautiful Southern Sierra Mountains, with their two children  - Hunter, age 14 , and Meghan, age 11.  Napier also has a son, Chuck, that resides in Washington, D.C,. Charlie enjoys sporting clays and is very involved with several shooting events for charities. Napier is grateful to all his fans who have been kind enough to write and request autographs over the years. He hopes you will continue to support him in the future.


Charles Napier 1936 - 2011

Mr. Napier passed away October 5, 2011. He was an artist and a gentleman who will be deeply missed by his family, friends and fans. 


FILMS (Link to IMDB)
Filmography

Annapolis (2005) (post-production) .... Supt. Carter
Lords of Dogtown (2005) .... Nudie
Suits on the Loose (2005) .... General Wilkins
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) .... General Sloan
DinoCroc (2004) .... Sheriff Harper
People Like Us: Making 'Philadelphia' (2003) (V) (special thanks)
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) (voice) .... Roy
... aka Spirit (USA: promotional title)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001) (VG) (voice) .... Murphy
... aka Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Operation Resurrection (USA)
... aka Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War (USA)
Extreme Honor (2001)  Commander
Down 'n Dirty (2000) Captain Teller
Forgive Me Father (2000)
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) Four Star General
Very Mean Men (2000) Detective Bailey
The Frozen Inferno (2000) Gulag Officail
Cypress Edge (1999) Detective O'Reilly
Los Gringos (1999) The Gringo
The Hunter's Moon (1999) J.T. Conove
Big Tease, The (1999)Warren Crockett
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Pirates of the Plain (1999) Grandpa
"The Magician" (1998) TV Series (voice) . Lt. Vega
Armstrong (1998) .... Bob
Beloved (1998/I) (uncredited) .... Angry Carny
Breaking the Silence (1998)
Centurion Force (1998)
"Men in Black: The Series" (1997) TV (voice) .... Zed
Steel (1997) .... Col. David
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) .... Commander Gilmour
Macon County Jail (1997)
No Small Ways (1997)
Cable Guy, The (1996) .... Arresting Officer
Original Gangstas (1996) .... Mayor
Billy Lone Bear (1996)
Riot (1996) .... Agent Devaney
Jury Duty (1995) .... Jed
3 Ninjas Knuckle Up (1995) .... Jack
Ballistic (1995) .... Underwood
Felony (1995) .... Duke
Hard Justice (1995) .... Warden Pike
Max Is Missing (1995) (TV) .... Becker
Jailbreakers (1994) (TV) .... Horse Connection
"Critic, The" (1994) TV Series (voice) .... Duke Phillips Fatal Pursuit (1994) .... Herbert
Raw Justice (1994) .... Stiles
Savage Land (1994) .... Cole
Silent Fury (1994)
Silk Degrees (1994) .... Schultz
Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) .... Interrogator
Body Bags (1993) (TV) .... Manager
Body Shot (1993) .... Leon
Frogtown II (1993) .... Captain Delano
Philadelphia (1993) .... Judge Garnett
Skeeter (1993) .... Ernie Buckle
Treacherous Crossing (1992) (TV)
Center of the Web (1992)
Eyes of the Beholder (1992) .... Detective Wilson
Hornsby e Rodriguez - sfida criminale (1992)
Mean Tricks (1992) .... Brian Hornsby
Soldier's Fortune (1992) .... Colonel Blair
To Die, To Sleep (1992) .... Father
Silence of the Lambs, The (1991) .... Lt. Boyle
Indio 2 - La rivolta (1991) .... IMC President
Killer Instinct (1991) .... John Doogan
Lonely Hearts (1991) .... Robby Ross
Maniac Cop 2 (1990) .... Lew Brady
Cop Target (1990)
Dragonfight (1990) .... Moochow
Ernest Goes to Jail (1990) .... Warden
Future Zone (1990) .... Mickland
Grifters, The (1990) .... Hebbing
Miami Blues (1990) .... Sergeant Bill Henderson
Ultima partita, L' (1990)
"War and Remembrance" (1989) (mini) TV Series .... Lt. General Walter Bedell Smith
Alien from the Deep (1989)
One Man Force (1989) .... Dante
Married to the Mob (1988) .... Angela's Hairdresser
Incredible Hulk Returns, The (1988) (TV)
Hit List (1988) .... Tom Mitchum
Deep Space (1987) .... Ian McLemore
Instant Justice (1987) .... Major Davis
Night Stalker, The (1987)
"Outlaws" (1986) TV Series .... Wolfson "Wolf" Lucas Something Wild (1986) .... Irate Chef
Camping del terrore (1986) .... The Sheriff
Kidnapped (1986) .... Lt. O'Bryan
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) .... Murdock
Cartier Affair, The (1984) (TV) .... Morgan Carroll
Outlaws, The (1984) (TV)
"Blue and the Gray, The" (1982) (mini) TV Series .... ..Major Harrison
Wacko (1981) .... Chief O'Hara
Blues Brothers, The (1980) .... Tucker McElroy
Melvin and Howard (1980) .... Ventura
Last Embrace (1979) .... Dave Quittle
"Oregon Trail, The" (1977) TV Series .... Luther Sprague Big Bob Johnson and His Fantastic Speed Circus (1977)
Handle with Care (1977) .... Chrome Angel
Ransom for Alice! (1977) (TV) .... Pete Phelan
Thunder and Lightning (1977) .... Jim Bob
Supervixens (1975) .... Harry Sledge
Seven Minutes, The (1971)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) ... Baxter Wolfe Love and Kisses (1970)
Moonfire (1970)
Cherry, Harry and Raquel! (1969) .... Harry
House Near the Prado, The (1969)


Producer filmography

Supervixens (1975) (associate)


Notable TV guest appearances

"Party of Five" (1994) "Video Guy" "Here and Now" "Hudson Street" (1995) "Lone Star Sheriff" "Guess
...Who's Coming to Dinner?"
"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1995)"Denning" in "Little ...Green Men"
"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" ..(1995)"Salin' Whalen" in"Target: Jimmy Olsen"
"Renegade" (1992) in episode: "Fighting Cage"
"Renegade" (1992)"Reno's father Sgt. Raines" in "Windy ..City Blues"
"A-Team, The" (1984)"Briggs" in "Fire"
"Whiz Kids" (1983)"Douglas Blackthorne" in episo"May ...I Take Your Order Please?)
"Night Court" (1984) "Mitch Bowers" in "Hi Honey, I'm Home"
"Dukes of Hazzard" (1983)"Pete" in "Targets: Daisy & ...Lulu"
"A-Team, The" (1983)"Cross" in "Labor Pains"
"Tales of the Gold Monkey" (1983) "Tex" in "High ...Stakes Lady"
"CHiPs" (1977) playing "Klane" in "Something Special" "Simon & Simon" (1982)"Gibson" in"Mike and Pat"
"Dallas" (1978) "Carl" in "Where There's A Will"
"Knight Rider" (1982) "Carney" in "Knight of the ...Phoenix"
"B.J. and the Bear" (1979) "Hammer" in "Gasohol"
"B.J. and the Bear" (1979)"Hammer" in "Pogo Lil"
"B.J. and the Bear" (1979) "Hammer" in "Siege"
"Starsky and Hutch" (1978)"Sheriff Joe Tyce" in ..."Satan's Witches"
"Rockford Files, The" (1977)"Mitch Donner" in "New ...Life, Old Dragons"
"Baa Baa Black Sheep" (1976) "Best Three Out of Five"
"Baa Baa Black Sheep" (1976) in "Flying Misfits: Part 1"
"Baa Baa Black Sheep" (1976) in "Flying Misfits: Part 2"
"Rockford Files, The" (1974) playing "Billy Webster" in ..."Two Into 5:56 Won't Go"
"Starsky and Hutch" (1975) "John Brown Harris" in ..."Texas Longhorn"
"Streets of San Francisco, The" (1972) "Norderman" in ..."No Place to Hide"
"Mission: Impossible" (1966) playing "Thug" in "Run ...For The Money"
"Star Trek" (1966) "Adam" in "The Way to Eden"



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