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Steely Character Actor G.D. Spradlin Dies at 90
Spradlin appeared in more than 70 films and television shows and used his real-life experience as an attorney, oilman and rancher to play men in charge.
He also appeared as Maj. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger in "MacArthur" (1977); as an unofficial Coach Tom Landry in "North Dallas Forty" (1979); as the general who assigns Martin Sheen to the search mission in "Apocalypse Now" (1979); as a reverend in "Ed Wood" (1994); and as Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee in "Dick" (1999).
In "Godfather: Part II" (1974), Spradlin portrayed a corrupt senator from Nevada who is blackmailed by the Corleone family after he wakes up and finds himself drenched in a dead prostitute's blood.
In "One on One" (1977), Spradlin plays tough-as-nails college basketball coach Moreland Smith who gives small-town high school star Robby Benson a hard time.
A native of Oklahoma and a recipient of a Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Spradlin also appeared in such TV shows as "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."; "Mannix"; "It Takes a Thief"; "Dragnet"; and "Adam 12." He directed two films, "The Only Way Home" and "Outside In," both released in 1972.
Survivors include his wife, Frances; his daughters Tamara and Wendy; and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice Partners of the Central Coast.
– The Hollywood Reporter
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