R.G. Armstrong Biography

Birthday: 1917-04-07
Place of Birth: Birmingham, Alabama USA
Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
Wiki Biography: A golden career was reflected in his name. Robert Golden Armstrong ("Bob" to his friends) was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on April 7, 1917. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there he was frequently performing on stage with the Carolina Playmakers. After graduating, R.G. headed to New York, where his acting career really took off. In 1953 he, along with many of his Actor's Studio buddies, was part of the cast of "End As a Man" -- this became the first play to go from off-Broadway to Broadway. The following year, R.G. got his first taste of movies, appearing in Garden of Eden (1954). However, he returned to New York and the live stage. He received great reviews for his portrayal of Big Daddy in the Broadway production of "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" in 1955. In 1958 he took the plunge to Hollywood -- he appeared in two movies, a TV series, and did numerous guest appearances on TV shows that year, usually in westerns such as "The Rifleman" (1958), "Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957) and "Zane Grey Theater" (1956), among others. He would go on to appear in 80 movies and three TV series in his career, and guest-starred in 90 TV series, many of them westerns, often as a tough sheriff or a rugged land baron. R.G. was a regular cast member in the TV series "T.H.E. Cat" (1966), playing tough, one-handed Capt. MacAllister. During the filming of Steel (1979) in Kentucky, watching the mammoth Kincaid Tower being built, he made some good friends in the cast: "You become a family on the set," he said in an interview at the time. Even though he had a long, versatile career, the younger generation knows him as spooky Lewis Vandredi (pronounced VON-drah-dee), who just wouldn't let the main characters have a good night's sleep on the "Friday the 13th" (1987) TV series. Finally retiring after six successful decades in show business -- his last film appearance was Purgatory (1999) (TV) -- R.G. and his lovely wife Mary are mostly just enjoying life in sunny California, and still travel and vacation in Europe occasionally. His upbeat, fun-loving personality makes him a delight for all who come in contact with him.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Great Ghost Tales 1961 Horror
T.H.E. Cat Police Capt. McAllister 1966 - 1967
The Best of Times 1986 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Final Comedown 0000
No Name on the Bullet 1959
The Fugitive Kind 1959 Drama, Romance
Ten Who Dared Oramel Howland 1960
Ride the High Country 1962 Adventure, Drama, Romance
Major Dundee 1965 Adventure
The Ballad of Cable Hogue 1970 0, 0, Fantasy, Biography
The Great White Hope 1970 Drama, Romance
White Lightning 1973 Comedy, 0
Race with the Devil 1975
Boss Nigger 1975 Fantasy, 0
White Line Fever 1975 Action, Crime, Drama
Mean Johnny Barrows 1976
Stay Hungry 1976 Drama, Comedy
Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell 1978 Thriller, Horror
Where the Buffalo Roam 1980 Comedy
Raggedy Man 1981
The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper 1981 Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Hammett 1982 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Lone Wolf McQuade T. Tyler 1983 Game Show, Fantasy, 0, Comedy, 0
Children of the Corn Diehl 1984 Horror, Thriller
The Best of Times 1986 Comedy, Drama, Sport
Red Headed Stranger Sheriff Reese Scoby, Driscoll Montana 1986
Jocks Coach Bettlebom 1986 Comedy, Sport
Predator General Phillips 1987 Sport, 0, Game Show, 0
Trapper County War Pop Luddigger 1989 Action, Adventure
Bulletproof Miles Blackburn 1989 Action, Drama, Romance
Ghetto Blaster Curtis 1990 Action, Drama
Warlock: The Armageddon 1993 Fantasy, Horror
Dead Center Art Fencer 1994 Action
Payback Mac 1995 Thriller
Invasion of Privacy Sam Logan, Storekeeper 1996 Action, Drama, Thriller
The Man in the Iron Mask Old Farmer 1998 Adventure
Purgatory 2014 Reality Tv