R.G. Armstrong Overview:

Character actor, R.G. Armstrong, was born Robert Golden Armstrong Jr. on Apr 7, 1917 in Birmingham, AL. Armstrong died at the age of 95 on Jul 27, 2012 in Studio City, CA .


American supporting actor who became one of Hollywood's few really distinctive character players in the post-1960 era, often in menacing or bigoted roles. A frustrated writer, the 6 foot 3 inch Armstrong turned to acting in 1952, when he enrolled at The Actors' Studio. Entering mainline Hollywood films in 1958, he soon became a man in demand, especially for portraits of midwest rednecks and religious fanatics. The initials stood for Robert Golden.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Steve Judd: [Meeting Joshua Knudsen when they arrive at his farmstead] We're on our way to Coarse Gold. Wondered if you could furnish accommodations for the night?
Joshua Knudsen: Well, I've got no room in the house. But I've no objection if you want to spend the night in the barn.
Steve Judd: Thank you, sir. If you could spare us a few eggs, we'd be glad to pay for them.
Joshua Knudsen: Well, you can have one, because the Lord's bounty is not for sale... The rest are a dollar each.
Heck Longtree: [Outraged at the price] A dollar each! Now how in the world do those short-legged chickens lay eggs so high?
Joshua Knudsen: [Dourly] Levity in the young is likened to a dry gourd, with the seeds rattling around.

Rev. Dahlstrom: [after disarming a French soldier during a raid on their camp] Mighty is the arm of the Lord!

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R.G. Armstrong Facts
Was credited as R. K. Armstrong in the English-language version of My Name is Nobody (1973) (My Name is Nobody).

Profiled in "Names You Never Remember, With Faces You Never Forget" by Justin Humphreys (BearManor Media).

Has a masters' degree in English from the University of North Carolina, and trained at the famed Actors Studio in New York.

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