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Charles L. Napier (12 April 19365 October 2011; age 75) was an American actor from Scottsville, Kentucky who played two distinctive Star Trek characters in episodes which were made more than a quarter of a century apart. These roles were Adam in the Original Series episode "The Way to Eden" and Lieutenant General Rex Denning in the Deep Space Nine episode "Little Green Men".

Napier also played Murdoch, the intelligence officer commanding Rambo, in Rambo: First Blood Part II (with Julia Nickson), Commander Gilmour in the Austin Powers films (with Clint Howard), Tucker McElroy in The Blues Brothers (with Henry Gibson), Chrome Angel in Handle with Care (with Bruce McGill and Ed Begley, Jr.), and Lt. Boyle in The Silence of the Lambs (with Dan Butler, Tracey Walter, and Brent Hinkley). He most recently appeared as Sheriff Bates in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk Bumps His Head" (with Stanley Kamel).

He lent his voice to the film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron along with James Cromwell, Adam Paul, Richard McGonagle, and Matt Levin, and played the role of Duke Phillips in The Critic. He also voiced several military type roles in The Simpsons.

Napier has also guest-starred in three episodes of Mission: Impossible (with Ed McCready, John Colicos, Barry Atwater, Gregory Sierra, Leonard Nimoy, and William Shatner), as well as Kojak, The Rockford Files (with Mitchell Ryan and Clyde Kusatsu), The Incredible Hulk (with Marc Alaimo and Peter Mark Richman), Knight Rider, The Dukes of Hazzard, Night Court (with John Larroquette), L.A. Law (with Larry Drake, John de Lancie, and Francis Guinan) Murder, She Wrote (with Michael Horton, William Windom, Ronny Cox, and Gregg Henry), Lois & Clark (with Teri Hatcher, Erick Avari, and Michelle Phillips), Roswell (with William Sadler), The Practice (with Steven Anderson, Mary Mara, and Dey Young), Monk (with Stanley Kamel), CSI (with Wallace Langham and Liz Vassey), and Cold Case (with Richard Herd).

On 3 October 2011, Napier collapsed in his home. He was found the following morning and taken to Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, California. He was taken off life support just before 1 pm EST on 5 October and died shortly thereafter. He was 75. [1]

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