He's already famous to anyone familiar with the work of Russ Meyer, from the title role in Cherry, Harry and Raquel to Baxter Wolfe in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Charles Napier had an interesting look and an anything goes attitude that eventually caught the eye of Hollywood. And even though main stream audiences don't know his name, they too have noticed his work in everything from The Blues Brothers to Silence of the Lambs.
Often cast as the cop, sleazy villain or the over zealous military man, Charles Napier owned every role he played while taking stereo typical characters and making them fun and original. And while his performances were never Oscar caliber they were memorable in their own way.
Sadly, on October 5, 2011, Charles Napier passed away at the age of 75. His career went from underground star to Hollywood supporting actor to television, and in the end, straight to video movies, taking his career not only full circle, but full of life as well.