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Born: November 27, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter

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This rumpled, elfin character actor is best-known for two continuing roles: the lovelorn operative Herbert Viola on TV's "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1985-89) and Dudley "Booger" Dawson in four "Revenge of the Nerds" movies and TV films. Armstrong began acting in his native Michigan, where he founded his own theater company. By the early 1980s, he was touring with "Da" and appearing in regional theaters around the country.Armstrong made his film debut as Tom Cruise's arrogant pal in "Risky Business" (1983), and the following year created the role of "Booger" in the unexpectedly popular comedy "Revenge of the Nerds." He went on to re-create "Booger" in "Revenge of the Nerds II" (1987) and the TV sequels "Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation" (Fox, 1992) and "Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love" (Fox, 1994). Thus far, "Booger" has proven to be Armstrong's most lasting film image. His other appearances include the teen comedies "Better Off Dead" and "Bad Medicine" (both 1985), a Neanderthal named "Goov" in "Clan of the Cave Bear" (1986), a radio operator in "Hot Shots: Part Deux" (1993), Country Jake in "The Adventures of Huck Finn" (1993) and "Big Bully" (1996). Armstrong continued to rack up...

This rumpled, elfin character actor is best-known for two continuing roles: the lovelorn operative Herbert Viola on TV's "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1985-89) and Dudley "Booger" Dawson in four "Revenge of the Nerds" movies and TV films. Armstrong began acting in his native Michigan, where he founded his own theater company. By the early 1980s, he was touring with "Da" and appearing in regional theaters around the country.

Armstrong made his film debut as Tom Cruise's arrogant pal in "Risky Business" (1983), and the following year created the role of "Booger" in the unexpectedly popular comedy "Revenge of the Nerds." He went on to re-create "Booger" in "Revenge of the Nerds II" (1987) and the TV sequels "Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation" (Fox, 1992) and "Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love" (Fox, 1994). Thus far, "Booger" has proven to be Armstrong's most lasting film image. His other appearances include the teen comedies "Better Off Dead" and "Bad Medicine" (both 1985), a Neanderthal named "Goov" in "Clan of the Cave Bear" (1986), a radio operator in "Hot Shots: Part Deux" (1993), Country Jake in "The Adventures of Huck Finn" (1993) and "Big Bully" (1996). Armstrong continued to rack up numerous film credits, in comedies honoring his iconic 80s films such as "Van Wilder" (2002) and "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004), and in dramas; the actor was particularly enjoyable in his turn as music mogul Ahmet Ertegun in the Ray Charles biopic "Ray" (2004).

"Moonlighting" was Armstrong's TV debut (he joined the cast in the second season). He later appeared in the TV-movies "Hi, Honey, I'm Dead," as a reincarnated realtor, (Fox, 1991), the "America's Most Wanted" spoof "Public Enemy Number 2" (Showtime, 1991) and a children's special based on a William Saroyan story, "The Parsley Garden" (ABC, 1993). He has also made guest appearances on the series "Grand" and "Murphy Brown." More recently the actor could be seen in recurring roles on "Felicity," "Ed" and "One on One."

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 Locker 13 (2014)
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 Flypaper (2011)
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 High School (2010)
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 Legally Blondes (2009)
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 Route 30 (2009)
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 Moola (2008)
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 Smokin' Aces (2007)
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Was a member of the company of Meadow Brook Theater, Rochester, Michigan; made stage debut
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Co-starred in the national tour of "Da"
1980:
New York stage debut, "The Irish Hebrew Lesson"
1983:
Film debut, "Risky Business"
1984:
Had memorable role as Booger in "Revenge of the Nerds"
1986:
TV series debut, "Moonlighting" (ABC); played regular role of Herbert Viola
1986:
Co-starred in "Clan of the Cave Bear"
1987:
Reprised Booger in the sequel "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise"
1991:
TV-movie debut, "Hi, Honey, I'm Dead" (Fox)
1992:
Reprised Booger in the TV-movie sequel "Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation" (Fox)
1994:
Once again played Booger in the Fox TV-movie "Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love"
2001:
Returned to series TV as a pig-snouted newspaper archivist in the Sci-Fi Channel series "The Chronicle"
2002:
Cast as a Campus Cop in National Lampoon's "Van Wilder"
2004:
Cast in "Ray" a biopic of legendary blues singer Ray Charles, starring Jamie Foxx
2006:
Played principal Mr. Welch in "Akeelah and the Bee"
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Education

Academy of Dramatic Arts: Pontiac , Michigan -
Oakland University: Rochester , Michigan - 1973 - 1975

Notes

"For an actor to have a role that they're recognized and remembered for over the years, it's unusual. It's very lucky if it happens once -- and it's luck that it's happened to me a couple of times."-Amstrong

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wife:
Elaine Armstrong.

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father:
Robert Leroy Armstrong.
mother:
Norma E Armstrong. Teacher.
daughter:
Lily Armstrong. Born in November 1995.

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