Charles Tyner is an American actor, born in Danville, Virginia, USA.\nIn 1957, Tyner made his debut on Broadway, in the play Orpheus Descending. Two year later, he appeared with Paul Newman, in the Broadway play Sweet Bird of Youth. It was during 1959, that he made his film debut, with an uncredited part in That Kind of Woman. He worked with Newman again in 1967, as Boss Higgins, the sadistic prison guard in Cool Hand Luke, and became a regular character actor, appearing in films such as The Reivers, The Cheyenne Social Club, The Moonshine War, Sometimes a Great Notion, Lawman, Harold and Maude, The Cowboys, Fuzz, Jeremiah Johnson, Emperor of the North Pole and The Midnight Man. One of his better known roles was alongside Burt Reynolds, in the prison comedy The Longest Yard.\nTyner returned to the stage in 1977, but continued to appear in films such as Family Plot, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pete's Dragon, Evilspeak, Hamburger: The Motion Picture, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Pulse.