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R.G. Armstrong ACTOR


R.G. Armstrong was born on April 7th, 1917 in Birmingham, Alabama with the birth name Robert Golden Armstrong Jr.  His mother originally had goals for her son to grow up and pursue a career as a Pastor, but Armstrong did not have the same dreams. 
After High School he went on to earn a degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  While in College he participated in a number of stage school productions.  He went on to earn a master's degree from the same University and then moved to New York to study acting at the Actors Studio. 
He began working in the entertainment industry as a Broadway actor appearing in such productions as, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof".  He then had a small role in the film, "Garden of Eden" (1954).
Soon he was appearing on such television shows as, "Have Gun - Will Travel, "The Californians", "The Big Valley", "The Rifleman", "Maverick", "Starsky and Hutch", "Wagon Train", "The Twilight Zone", "Rawhide", "The Dukes of Hazzard", "The Fugitive" and "The Andy Griffith Show" among many others.
As his career progressed he was also seen in a number of feature films such as, "Ride the High Country" (1962) starring Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott and Mariette Hartley, "Major Dundee" (1965) starring Richard Harris, Charlton Heston, Jim Hutton, James Coburn Michael Anderson Jr., Senta Berger, Warren Oates, Slim Pickens, Brock Peters, Ben Johnson, Karl Swenson and Dub Taylor, "El Dorado" (1965) starring alongside John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Arthur Hunnicutt, Charlene Holt, Edward Asner, Christopher George, Michele Carey, Paul Fix, Johnny Crawford, Adam Roarke and Jim Davis, "The Great White Hope" (1970) starring James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Chester Morris, Hal Holbrook, Beah Richards and Moses Gunn, "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" (1970) also starring Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, Gene Evans, Strother Martin, Slim Pickens and David Warner, "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973) starring with James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Slim Pickens, Jason Robards, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Barry Sullivan, Rita Coolidge, Gene Evans, Chill Wills, Jack Elam, Paul Fix and Bob Dylan, "Race with the Devil" (1975) co-starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit and Lara Parker and "Heaven Can Wait" (1978) starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Jack Warden, Charles Grodin and Dyan Cannon.  He is best remembered for the work he did on a number of films with director, Sam Peckinpah which began in 1962.
Even though the majority of his characters he portrayed on screen were violent and strong willed men, off screen he was known as a very gentle and caring man.  Armstrong has been married three times throughout his life.  His first wife was Ann Neale from 1952 through 1972 and they had four children together.  After this marriage ended he entered into a second marriage to Susan M. Guthrie in 1973 and they were together for three years.  His third time to marry was to Mary Craven from 1993 and they remained married until Mary passed away on November 1st, 2003. 
Armstrong soon decided to retire from the industry after working for six decades straight, mostly due to the fact that he was suffering from almost complete blindness.  His final film role was on, "Purgatory" (1999) starring Sam Shepard, Randy Quaid, Eric Roberts and Donnie Wahlberg, which was a made for television movie. 

R.G. Armstrong passed away on July 27, 2012 at the age of ninety five in Studio City, California home from natural causes.  


2004 Keeper Of Souls
1998 The Three Musketeers Meet the Man in the Iron Mask
1996 Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right
1994 Dead Center
1993 Warlock: the Armageddons
1990 Dick Tracy
1989 Ghettoblaster
1989 Trapper County War
1988 Bulletproof
1987 Predator
1986 Jocks
1986 Red-Headed Stranger
1986 The Best of Times
1984 Stephen King s Children of the Corn
1983 Lone Wolf McQuade
1982 Hammett
1981 Evilspeak
1981 Raggedy Man
1981 Reds
1981 The Beast Within
1981 The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper
1980 Steel
1980 Where the Buffalo Roam
1978 Fast Charlie - The Moonbeam Rider
1978 Goin' South
1978 Heaven Can Wait
1978 Texas Detour
1977 Mr. Billion
1977 The Car
1977 The Pack
1976 Dixie Dynamite
1976 Mean Johnny Barrows
1976 Slumber Party 57
1976 Stay Hungry
1976 White Line Fever
1965 Boss
1975 Boss Nigger
1975 Deliver Us From Evil
1975 Race With the Devil
1973 Il Mio nome e Nessuno
1973 Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
1973 Running Wild
1973 White Lightning
1972 J.W. Coop
1972 The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid
1972 The Who Fears the Devil?
1971 The Final Comedown
1970 Angels Die Hard
1970 Tiger By the Tail
1970 The Ballad of Cable Hogue
1970 The Great White Hope
1970 The McMasters
1969 Eighty Steps to Jonah
1967 El Dorado
1965 Major Dundee
1962 Ride the High Country
1960 Ten Who Dared
1960 The Fugitive Kind
1959 No Name on the Bullet
1958 From Hell to Texas
1951 Never Love a Stranger 

Matinee Classics - Mean Johnny Barrows starring Fred Williamson, Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman, Anthony Caruso, Luther Adler, R.G. Armstrong, Elliott Gould, Mike Henry and Aaron Banks
Matinee Classics - Race with the Devil starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker, R.G. Armstrong, Clay Tanner, Carol Blodgett, Phil Hoover, Ricci Ware, Paul A. Partain, James N. Harrell, Karen Miller, Arkey Blue, Jack Starrett and Wes Bishop
Matinee Classics - Ride the High Country starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Edgar Buchanan, R.G. Armstrong, Jenie Jackson, James Drury, L.Q. Jones, John Anderson, John Davis Chandler and Warren Oates
Matinee Classics - The Car starring James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, R.G. Armstrong, John Rubinstein, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Doris Dowling and Ronny Cox

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