Apr. 12th, 1936
Scottsville, Kentucky, USA
Guest TV Roles
Gen. Hardcastle (Voiced)
Sgt. Douglas Raines
Lively character actor who usually plays hard-ass military types and menacing bad guys. Charles Napier's roles have changed little since his debut in Russ Meyer (I)'s Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970). Napier went on appearing in other Meyer movies, including the homicidal Harry Sledge in Supervixens (1975) and also became a regular playing smaller roles for Jonathan Demme. His granite-like jaw and wide, gate-like grin have contributed to his many memorable portrayals of tough guys, notably the scheming intelligence officer up against Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and the short-tempered front man of the Good Ole Boys in The Blues Brothers (1980), where he delivers the masterful 'corn on the cob' line.
- Provided the voice of the Hulk for the last two seasons of _"The Incredible Hulk" (1978)_ (qv). Decades later, the Hulk's alter ego of Bruce Banner would be played by 'Edward Norton (I)' (qv). Napier also appeared in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv), which was followed by a prequel, _Red Dragon (2002)_ (qv), also starring Norton.
- Attended Western Kentucky College (now Western Kentucky University)
- Appeared in four 'Russ Meyer (I)' (qv) movies: _Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970)_ (qv) (in which he went full frontal), _Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)_ (qv) and _The Seven Minutes (1971)_ (qv) (both of which he kept his clothes on), and _Supervixens (1975)_ (qv) (in which he used a humongous rubber phallus or dildo as a "stand-in").
- His role in 'Walter Hill (I)' (qv)'s _Hard Times (1975)_ (qv) was cut from the final print.
- 'Roger Ebert' (qv) often refers to him as "that character actor with a smile like Jaws".
- Worked as an "on the road" correspondent for the trucker magazine "Overdrive" in the early 1970s.
- Napier starred in one of the first widely shown films to contain full frontal male nudity: _Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970)_ (qv). It was such an event that "Variety", the Bible of Hollywood trade papers, contacted Napier's mother to find out her reaction to her son appearing in what was known in the exploitation industry as a "pickle shot."
- Provided the growls for TV's _"The Incredible Hulk" (1978)_ (qv).
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