Charles Lewis Napier was a prolific American actor, who after his film debut mainly worked in supporting roles. Napier's strong voice, steely gaze and distinctive broad jutting chin made him immediately convincing as the cop or military officer he often played. After leaving his tiny Kentucky town to serve in the army, he graduated college and worked as a sports coach and art teacher before settling on acting as a career. Following some lean years during which he was supported by parts in Russ Meyer films, Napier established himself in character roles and worked steadily for the next 35 years, he was described as one of the most recognizable faces that people could not put a name to. Acclaimed director Jonathan Demme considered Napier to be vastly underrated.