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Pruneface

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

Pruneface was the character in the 1990 movie “Dick Tracy” which was played by a veteran actor named Robert Golden (R.G.) Armstrong, Jr., who had Roane County roots. After his parents, Robert Golden & Ermyne (Robbins) Armstong, Sr., were married here in 1915, they removed to Birmingham, Alabama where R.G. Jr. was born in 1917. He went to college in North Carolina and became friends with Andy Griffith. He guest starred in almost all of the Western series in the 1950s and 1960s including Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Big Valley, and Maverick among others. Besides appearing in Dick Tracy, he also appeared in two other Warren Beaty films, “Reds” and “Heaven Can Wait.” He appeared with James Earl Jones in “The Great White Hope” and with Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Predator” among the over 30 movies that he appeared in. Shortly before his death he came to East Tennessee and made an appearance on the Marshal Andy Show on the Knoxville PBS station.

Robert Golden Armstrong, Jr.

R.G. Armstrong as Pruneface

Originally written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, April 2015.