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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:29 pm 
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Hello Ed Bannon, good to see you again. That's a rather pricey Blu-ray, but for the collector's it's a sure thing, I suppose.

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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:01 am 
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Major Dundee on Blu-Ray? Hmm... interesting.


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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:25 pm 
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Character actor R.G. Armstrong died a few days ago - I remember him vividly from the 1977 horror film The Car, where-in he stole the movie from James Brolin, Ronny Cox and John Marley in his brief role as the loudest, meanest man in the county; no one could play mean like Armstrong. He was also a mean one (for a preacher) in Major Dundee. The write-up at the New York Times:

R. G. Armstrong, Character Actor in Westerns, Dies at 95 By DANIEL E. SLOTNIK; Published: July 31, 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/31/arts/ ... at-95.html

R. G. Armstrong Jr., a rough-hewed character actor known for playing sheriffs, outlaws and other macho roles, died on Friday at his home in Studio City, Calif. He was 95. Image
His death was confirmed by his daughter Robbie Armstrong-Dunham.

Mr. Armstrong’s five-decade career took off with guest spots on virtually all the popular Western television shows of the 1950s and ’60s, including “Have Gun — Will Travel” and “Gunsmoke.”

After meeting the writer and director Sam Peckinpah on the set of his 1960 series “The Westerner,” Mr. Armstrong became a regular in his films, playing an outspoken Christian fundamentalist in “Ride the High Country,” with Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea; a minister in “Major Dundee,” with Charlton Heston in the title role; and a vicious deputy sheriff alongside Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan (in a small role) in “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.”

Departing from westerns, Mr. Armstrong performed with James Earl Jones in “The Great White Hope” and with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the alien-thriller “Predator.” He appeared on innumerable non-western television shows like “The Twilight Zone” and “The Andy Griffith Show,” and was a favorite of Warren Beatty’s. Mr. Beatty cast him in the films “Heaven Can Wait,” “Reds” and as Pruneface in “**** Tracy.”

Robert Golden Armstrong Jr. was born on April 7, 1917, in Birmingham, Ala. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and moved to New York to attend Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio in the mid-1950s. That led him to parts in Elia Kazan’s original production of Tennessee Williams’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in 1955 (as Dr. Baugh) and in other Broadway shows like “Orpheus Descending” and “The Miracle Worker” before heading for Hollywood’s television studios.

Besides his daughter Robbie, Mr. Armstrong, who was married three times, is survived by two other daughters from his first marriage, Laurie Nell and Daryl Armstrong; a son, Wynn; a daughter from an earlier relationship, Betty; and five grandchildren. R.I.P.


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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
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I'm just come from posting another death-news in the 'Ben-Hur' thread... may Armstrong rest in peace.

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I've seen him in a lot of movies and always enjoyed his performances. A sad loss.

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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
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He's great for the few minutes of screen time he gets in "Major Dundee" but he'll always be the General at the start of "Predator" (1987) to me.

Rest in peace, Mr. Armstrong. :(


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:09 pm 
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R. G. Armstrong, R.I.P.


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Sorry, I am late here to say 'Rest in Peace' to the deceased soul.

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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:46 pm 
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You know what just occurred to me - "Ben-Hur" featured the title character (played by Chuck) at odds with an old friend (Stephen Boyd's Messala), and "Major Dundee" features its title character (Chuck again) also at odds with an old friend (this time Richard Harris as Captain Ben Tyreen), and both of those former friends ultimately meet tragic fates showcasing a lot of horses. Anyone else notice that? I can't believe I only just noticed it myself.


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 Post subject: Re: Major Dundee
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Hmmm... that's a thought-provoking insight. You can write a thesis on that, comparing to genres-- Epic and Western, on thematic similarities.

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