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Robert Golden Armstrong ("Bob" to his friends) was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on April 7, 1917. Armstrong attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he frequently performed on stage with the Carolina Playmakers. After graduation, Armstrong headed to New York and joined the Actor's Studio. In 1953, along with many of his Actor's Studio buddies, he was part of the cast of "End As a Man" -- this became the first play to go from Off-Broadway to Broadway. The following year, he got his first taste of movies, appearing in _Garden of Eden (1954)_ . In 1955 he returned to Broadway and received great reviews for his portrayal of Big Daddy in the Broadway production of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. In 1958, he moved to Hollywood -- he appeared in 2 movies, a TV series, and did numerous guest appearances on TV shows that year, usually Westerns such as The Rifleman, Have Gun, Will Travel and Zane Grey Theater among others. Armstrong would eventually appear in 80 movies and 3 TV series in his career, and guest starred in 90 TV series, often in Westerns, often as a tough sheriff, or a rugged land baron. He was a regular cast member in the TV series T.H.E. Cat (1966): he portrayed the tough, one-handed Captain MacAllister. Even though Armstrong had a long and versatile career, the younger generation of TV viewers know him primarily as spooky Lewis Vandredi (pronounced VON-drah-dee), who just wouldn't let the main characters have a good night's sleep on the Friday the 13th (1987) TV Series. He retired six successful decades in show business -- his last film appearance was Purgatory (1999) (TV) -- and lives in California with his wife Mary. Birmingham is the largest city in the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Jefferson County. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... 1917 was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the eleventh-oldest institution of higher education (and the oldest public institution) in the United States. ... New York City, officially named the City of New York, is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... The Actors Studio is a theatrical school and workshop located in the Old Labor Stage on 44th Street in New York City. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... This article is about the street in New York City. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1955 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. ... Chuck Connors as The Rifleman The Rifleman was a 1950s television program. ... Have Gun, Will Travel was a popular American television Western that aired from on CBS 1957 through 1963. ... Friday the 13th: The Series was a television series that ran for three seasons, from September 1987 to May of 1990. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...


 
 

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