Friday, October 7, 2011


RIP to the reliable, high-testosterone character actor Charles Napier, departed at 75. The Platonic ideal of the term “lantern-jawed,” Napier appeared in Russ Meyer flicks & as scowling heavies on TV & in films like The Blues Brothers & Rambo, but got to show his versatility as a fixture in many Jonathan Demme movies, including Melvin and Howard, Something Wild, Married to the Mob, Philadelphia & perhaps most memorably as the Tennessee Corrections Officer that Hannibal Lecter gets the better of in Silence of the Lambs.

But I’ll always have a soft spot for Napier's guest shot on Star Trek, as Adam, the cheeriest of the space hippies in the notorious third-season episode “The Way to Eden”:

Listen to him singing “Yea Brother” (rather well) here.


  1. I'm going to click my heels and jump for joy, I got a clean bill of health from doctor mccoy.

    why do i remember that?

    live well and prosper.


  2. Because you're an excellent fellow & you know what's worth remembering, that's why...

  3. Love that episode. Love Napier. You ought to pick up his autobiography. It's on Amazon. I think it's called Square Jaw, Big Heart. Fun little stories.