R.G. Armstrong

R. G. Armstrong was an American playwright and film and television actor. Trained at the Actors Studio in New York, his filmography lists more than 180 credits spanning 50 years. Armstrong made his first film appearance in "Garden of Eden" (1954). While working on the television show "The Westerner," he met writer/director Sam Peckinpah, who cast him in several of his films, including "Ride the High Country" (1962), "Major Dundee" (1965), "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" (1970) and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973). Armstrong was also cast in three Warren Beatty films, including "Heaven Can Wait" (1978), "Reds" (1981) and "Dick Tracy" (1990), in which he played the villain Pruneface. Other film credits include the role of Cap'n Dan in "The Great White Hope" (1970) and General Phillips "Predator" (1987).

Armstrong was best-known as a character actor in television Westerns. He appeared in two episodes of THE RIFLEMAN, playing Sheriff Tomlinson in the pilot episode "The Sharpshooter," which was written by Sam Peckinpah, and episode 4, "The Marshal," which was both written and directed by Peckinpah. "The Marshal" introduced the title character played by Paul Fix after Armstrong's sheriff was killed by marauding outlaws. Other TV series in which he guest-starred include "The Texan" (1958–1959), "Lawman" (1959), "Maverick" (1959–1960), "Bonanza" (1959–1966), "Cheyenne" (1960–1961), "Perry Mason" (1958–1962), "Laramie" (1960–1962), "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1960–1962), "Gunsmoke" (1961–1967), "Wagon Train" (1962), "The Virginian" (1963–1967), "The F.B.I." (1965–1967), "T.H.E. Cat" (1966), "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979–1983), "Dynasty" (1982), "Friday the 13th" (1987–1989) and "L. A. Law" (1992–1993). R. G. Armstrong passed away on July 27, 2012 at age 95.

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Cast Credits

Millennium (1996)
Guest starring as The Old Man (3 episodes)
Dynasty (1981)
Guest starring as Alfred Grimes (3 episodes)
Darkroom (1981)
Guest starring as Sheriff Dodson
T.H.E. Cat (1966)
Starring as Captain McAllister
Rawhide (1959)
Guest starring as Gantry Hobson
The Rifleman (1958)
Guest starring as Sheriff Fred Tomlinson (2 episodes)