Charles Tyner

Charles Tyner (June 8, 1925 – November 8, 2017) was an American actor.

Charles Tyner
Born(1925-06-08)June 8, 1925
DiedNovember 8, 2017(2017-11-08) (aged 92)
Years active1959 – 2014
Military career
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Battles/warsWorld War II

Early years

Tyner was a native of Danville, Virginia, and during World War II he served in the infantry in Germany and France.[1]


In 1957, Tyner made his debut on Broadway in Orpheus Descending. Two years later, he appeared with Paul Newman in Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway.[2]

During 1959, that he made his film debut, with an uncredited part in That Kind of Woman. He worked with Newman again in 1967, as Boss Higgins, the sadistic prison guard in Cool Hand Luke, and became a regular character actor, appearing in films such as The Reivers, Lawman, Harold and Maude, The Cowboys and Emperor of the North Pole. One of his better known roles was alongside Burt Reynolds, in the 1974 prison comedy The Longest Yard. Another one of his better known roles was that of the evil Howard Rodman in the television series Father Murphy.

Tyner returned to the stage in 1977, but continued to appear in films. He died on November 8, 2017.[3]

Selected filmography


  1. "'Not A Puppie-Kicker' Says Hated Howard". Sunday News. Pennsylvania, Lancaster. February 7, 1982. p. 124. Retrieved 6 August 2019 via
  2. "("Charles Tyner" search results)". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 6 August 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  3. "In Memoriam" (PDF). SAG-AFTRA Magazine. Vol. 7 no. 1. Los Angeles, CA: SAG-AFTRA. Spring 2018. p. 49. Retrieved 17 April 2018.

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