R.G. Armstrong

Biography

Date of Birth 7 April 1917, Birmingham, Alabama, USA Birth Name Robert Golden Armstrong Height 6' 3" (1.91 m) Mini Biography A golden career was reflected in his name. Robert Golden Armstrong ("Bob" to his friends) was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on April 7, 1917. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there he was frequently performing on stage with the Carolina Playmakers. After graduating, R.G. headed to New York, where his acting career really took off. In 1953 he, along with many of his Actor's Studio buddies, was part of the cast of "End As a Man" -- this became the first play to go from off-Broadway to Broadway. The following year, R.G. got his first taste of movies, appearing in Garden of Eden (1954). However, he returned to New York and the live stage. He received great reviews for his portrayal of Big Daddy in the Broadway production of "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" in 1955. In 1958 he took the plunge to Hollywood -- he appeared in two movies, a TV series, and did numerous guest appearances on TV shows that year, usually in westerns such as "The Rifleman" (1958), "Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957) and "Zane Grey Theater" (1956), among others. He would go on to appear in 80 movies and three TV series in his career, and guest-starred in 90 TV series, many of them westerns, often as a tough sheriff or a rugged land baron. R.G. was a regular cast member in the TV series "T.H.E. Cat" (1966), playing tough, one-handed Capt. MacAllister. During the filming of Steel (1979) in Kentucky, watching the mammoth Kincaid Tower being built, he made some good friends in the cast: "You become a family on the set," he said in an interview at the time. Even though he had a long, versatile career, the younger generation knows him as spooky Lewis Vandredi (pronounced VON-drah-dee), who just wouldn't let the main characters have a good night's sleep on the "Friday the 13th" (1987) TV series. Finally retiring after six successful decades in show business -- his last film appearance was Purgatory (1999) (TV) -- R.G. and his lovely wife Mary are mostly just enjoying life in sunny California, and still travel and vacation in Europe occasionally. His upbeat, fun-loving personality makes him a delight for all who come in contact with him. IMDb Mini Biography By: kdhaisch@aol.com Spouse Mary Craven (19 July 1993 - 1 November 2003) (her death) Guthrie, Susan (30 December 1973 - January 1976) (divorced) Mary Armstrong (? - present) Trivia Was credited as R. K. Armstrong in the English-language version of Il mio nome è Nessuno (1973) (My Name is Nobody). Frequently cast by director Warren Beatty. Has a masters' degree in English from the University of North Carolina, and trained at the famed Actors Studio in New York. Profiled in "Names You Never Remember, With Faces You Never Forget" by Justin Humphreys (BearManor Media). Personal Quotes I had to learn it the hard way. I studied with Lee Strasberg. Acting is not acting. It's being. If you have the kind of personality makeup where you can transform into being the character in that situation, it brings about authenticity. You get a feel of the situation, the line in a scene and where your hearts goes to in a scene and you always keep that in mind.

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Birth Name

Robert Golden Armstrong Jr.

Birth Place

Pleasant Grove, Alabama, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

4/7/1917

Death Date

7/27/2012
Known For
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Children of the Corn

Diehl

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My Name Is Nobody

Honest John (as R.K. Armstrong)

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Stay Hungry

Thor Erickson

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Boss

Mayor

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Keeper of Souls

Edward Sloan

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The Pack

Cobb

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Ghetto Blaster

Curtis

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Justin Morgan had a horse

Squire Fisk

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The Legend Of The Golden Gun

Judge Harrison Harding

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Ten Who Dared

Oramel Howland

Starring In
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Keeper of Souls

Edward Sloan

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Purgatory

Coachman

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The Man in the Iron Mask

Old Farmer

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Invasion of Privacy

Sam Logan - Storekeeper

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Don't Look Back

Isaiah Parish

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Payback (95)

Mac

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Walker Texas Ranger 3: Deadly Reunion

Retired Texas Ranger

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Warlock: The Armageddon

Franks

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Dead Center

Art Fencer

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Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron

Self

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Dick Tracy

Pruneface (as R. G. Armstrong)

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Ghetto Blaster

Curtis

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Predator

General Phillips

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Bulletproof

Miles Blackburn

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The Best of Times

Schutte

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Red Headed Stranger

Sheriff Reese Scoby - Driscoll, Montana

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Oceans of Fire

Rusty West

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Jocks

Coach Bettlebom

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Children of the Corn

Diehl

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Lone Wolf McQuade

T. Tyler

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The Shadow Riders

Sheriff Miles Gillette

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Hammett

Lt. O'Mara

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The Beast Within

Doc Schoonmaker

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Reds

Government Agent

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Evilspeak

Sarge

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Raggedy Man

Rigby

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The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper

Dempsey

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Where the Buffalo Roam

Judge Simpson

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Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider

Al Barber

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The Legend Of The Golden Gun

Judge Harrison Harding

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The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang

Leland Stanford

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Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff

Mr. Hemmings

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Devil Dog: Hound of Hell

Dunworth

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Heaven Can Wait

General Manager

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Texas Detour

Sheriff Burt

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The Car

Amos Clements

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The Pack

Cobb

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Mr. Billion

Sheriff T.C. Bishop

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Dixie Dynamite

Charlie White - Bank President

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Stay Hungry

Thor Erickson

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White Line Fever

Prosecutor

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Race with the Devil

Sheriff Taylor

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Bad Brothas - Mean Muthas

Richard

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Reflections of Murder

Mr. Turner

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Boss

Mayor

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White Lightning

Big Bear

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My Name Is Nobody

Honest John (as R.K. Armstrong)

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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Ollinger

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Cotter

Jack

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Camper John

Rupert Beeker - Owner of 'Beeker's Bar'

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Justin Morgan had a horse

Squire Fisk

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J.W. Coop

Jim Sawyer

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The Final Comedown

Mr. Freeman

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The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid

Clell Miller

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The McMasters

Watson

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The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Quittner

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The Great White Hope

Cap'n Dan

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Tiger by the Tail

Ben Holmes

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El Dorado

Kevin MacDonald

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Major Dundee

Reverend Dahlstrom

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He Rides Tall

Joshua 'Josh' McCloud

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The Fugitive - Season Two, Vol. 1

Marshall Matt Peters / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1965)

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Ride the High Country

Joshua Knudsen

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The Fugitive Kind

Sheriff Jordan Talbot

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Ten Who Dared

Oramel Howland

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No Name on the Bullet

Asa Canfield

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Schiess zurück, Cowboy

Hunter Boyd

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Never Love a Stranger

Flix

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A Face in the Crowd

TV Prompter Operator (uncredited)

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Baby Doll

Townsman Sid (voice) (uncredited)

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