R.G. Armstrong Jr. | Gruff character actor, 95

Posted: August 02, 2012

R.G. Armstrong Jr., 95, known for playing sheriffs, outlaws, and other macho roles, died Friday at his home in Studio City, Calif.

His five-decade career took off with guest spots on virtually all the popular western television shows of the 1950s and '60s, including Have Gun - Will Travel and Gunsmoke.

After meeting the writer and director Sam Peckinpah on the set of his 1960 series, The Westerner, Mr. Armstrong became a regular in his films, playing a Christian fundamentalist in Ride the High Country, a minister in Major Dundee, and a deputy sheriff in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Departing from westerns, he also had roles in The Great White Hope and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Predator. He also was a favorite of Warren Beatty, with roles in Heaven Can Wait, Reds, and, as Pruneface, Dick Tracy.

Broadway roles included work in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and in The Miracle Worker. - N.Y. Times News Service

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