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Also Known As: Robert Golden Armstrong Died: July 27, 2012
Born: April 17, 1917 Cause of Death: Undetermined
Birth Place: Birmingham, Alabama, USA Profession: actor

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A flinty, often imposing presence in features and television for over half a century, character actor R.G. Armstrong played men whose mere presence elevated the tension in such films as "Ride the High Country" (1956), "El Dorado" (1966), "The Great White Hope" (1970), "Predator" (1986) and countless other screen appearances. He was a staple of Sam Peckinpah's features, often playing figures with unyielding religious conviction in "Major Dundee" (1965) and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973), while Warren Beatty utilized his formidable screen presence to cut the levity in pictures like "Heaven Can Wait" (1975) and "Dick Tracy" (1991). Offscreen, he was a kind soul whose tireless work ethic contributed to his lengthy career, which culminated in 2001. His body of work, which encompassed films both classic and forgettable, ensured him the warm screen immortality afforded to only the best of Hollywood's character players.

A flinty, often imposing presence in features and television for over half a century, character actor R.G. Armstrong played men whose mere presence elevated the tension in such films as "Ride the High Country" (1956), "El Dorado" (1966), "The Great White Hope" (1970), "Predator" (1986) and countless other screen appearances. He was a staple of Sam Peckinpah's features, often playing figures with unyielding religious conviction in "Major Dundee" (1965) and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973), while Warren Beatty utilized his formidable screen presence to cut the levity in pictures like "Heaven Can Wait" (1975) and "Dick Tracy" (1991). Offscreen, he was a kind soul whose tireless work ethic contributed to his lengthy career, which culminated in 2001. His body of work, which encompassed films both classic and forgettable, ensured him the warm screen immortality afforded to only the best of Hollywood's character players.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Purgatory (1999) Ol' Mose
3.
 Invasion of Privacy (1996) Mr Logan
5.
 Don't Look Back (1996) Isaiah Parrish
6.
 Warlock: The Armageddon (1993) Franks
7.
 Dead Center (1992)
8.
 Dick Tracy (1990) Pruneface
9.
 Ghettoblaster (1989) Curtis
10.
 Trapper County War (1989) Pop Luddigger
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Milestones close milestones

1954:
Feature debut, "Garden of Eden"
1956:
TV series debut, "West Point" (CBS, ABC)
1961:
Made recurring appearance on "Gunsmoke" (CBS)
1962:
First of three appearances in Sam Peckinpah directed features, playing a Christian fundamentalist in "Ride the High Country"
1965:
Reteamed with director Peckinpah in "Major Dundee"
1966:
Appeared in the John Wayne-Robert Mitchum Western "El Dorado"
1972:
TV-movie debut, "Hec Ramsey" (NBC)
1973:
Cast as a a cruel lawman in in Peckinpah's "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid"
1978:
First of three appearances in Warren Beatty directed features, "Heaven Can Wait"
1978:
First of seven appearances in Steve Carver directed features, "Fast Charlie...The Moonbeam Rider"
1981:
Played a government agent in Beatty's "Reds"
1988:
Debut in a TV miniseries, "War and Remembrance" (ABC)
1990:
Reteamed with director Beatty, playing the villain Pruneface in "Dick Tracy"
1997:
Landed recurring role on Chris Carter's mystery drama "Millennium" (Fox)
2001:
Final feature appearance, the horror film "The Waking"
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