Actor. Robert Golden Armstrong was born in the deep South to parents who were practitioners of Fundamentalism, they had aspirations of their son one day becoming a pastor. He had other plans and pursued his desire of becoming an entertainer. He enrolled at the University of North Carolina where he attained a Masters degree in English. After graduation, Armstrong sought for acting opportunities and traveled to New York City where he strengthened his skills under the direction of Lee Strasberg at the Actors’ Studio. He found roles in off-Broadway productions and launched his Hollywood career with the motion picture “Garden of Eden” (1954). He may perhaps be best remembered for originating the part of Dr. Baugh in the Tennessee Williams play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1955 to 1956). Armstrong would go onto becoming a highly-recognizable character actor best described as “I know the face, but not the name”, as he accumulated scores of credits in TV and films, among them a role in a 1962 episode of “The Twilight Zone” titled “Nothing in the Dark”. What may be his best remembered work in pictures was the result of an association with director Sam Peckinpah which yielded “Ride the High Country” (1962), “Major Dundee” (1965) and “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid” (1972).
- April, 07, 1917
- Birmingham, Alabama
- July, 27, 2012
- Los Angeles, California
- Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.