Charles Napier, the actor who appeared as Murdock, the intelligence officer commanding Rambo in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) died October 5, 2011.
Napier was a teacher before moving to Hollywood to become an actor. He made his film debut in Russ Meyer’s Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970). Napier went on to play roles in several Meyer movies, including the homicidal Harry Sledge in Supervixens (1975).
Napier was a regular in Jonathan Demme-directed movies, including The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. Some of Napier’s memorable roles include Murdock, the intelligence officer commanding Rambo in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and Tucker McElroy, lead singer and driver of the Winnebago for ‘The Good Ol’ Boys’ in The Blues Brothers (1980).
He appeared in two episodes of the 1980s hit TV series The A-Team once as Col. Briggs. He also co-starred in some episodes of The Rockford Files and played Hammer, Greg Evigan’s character’s arch-nemesis, in the short-lived series B. J. and the Bear in the 1970s.
He is well known among Star Trek fans for appearing on both Star Trek: The Original Series episode ‘The Way to Eden’ as musically inclined space hippie Adam, and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode ‘Little Green Men’ as General Denning. He also appeared in the pilot episode of Knight Rider in 1982.
From 1997 through 2001, he provided the voice for Zed on Men in Black: The Series. He has also provided several guest voices for episodes of The Simpsons. He had a small role during the sixth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2008 as a barber who assaults and drives Larry David from his shop after David offends him.
Napier was 75 years old. He is survived by his three children. Please feel free to leave comments below.