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Actor
    (April 7, 1917-July 27, 2012)
    Born in Pheasant Grove, Alabama
    Birth name was Robert Golden Armstrong, Jr.
    Appeared in the films 'The Fugitive Kind' (1959), 'Ride the High Country' (1962), 'Major Dundee' (1965), 'El Dorado' (1966), 'The Great White Hope' (1970), 'The Ballad of Cable Hogue' (1970), 'Pat Garret and Billy the Kid' (1973), 'White Line Fever' (1975), 'Heaven Can Wait' (1978), 'The Time Machine' (1978), 'Reds' (1981), 'Lone Wolf McQuade' (1983), 'Children of the Corn' (1984), 'Red Headed Stranger' (1986), 'Predator' (1987), 'Dick Tracy' (1990) and 'Purgatory' (1999)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' (1955), 'Orpheus Descending' (1957) and 'The Miracle Worker' (1959)
    Recurring role as Uncle Louis Vendredi in Friday the 13th: The Series
    Guest appearances in numerous TV Westerns and 'The Twilight Zone,' 'The Andy Griffith Show,' 'The Fugitive,' 'Starsky and Hutch,' 'The Dukes of Hazard' and 'Matlock'
    In one of his early roles, he was miscredited as R.K. Armstrong.
    He was married three times and divorced twice.
    For his many appearances in Sam Peckinpah films, he was typecast as a psychotic preacher, wielding a Bible in one hand and a shotgun in the other.
    He said about his relationship with Peckinpah, 'I think Sam and I had a kinship because we both felt like aliens in this world. We didn't know how to relate to people.'
    He studied at the famed Actors Studio under Lee Strasberg.
    His acting for Peckinpah drew on his conflicted feelings over rejecting his fundamentalist parents' desire that he become a pastor.
    Although often cast as gruff or violent characters, he was friendly and approachable in real life.
    He retired from acting in his mid-80s because of near blindness.

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