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Paul Napier

Paul Vincent Napier (March 10, 1930 – February 21, 2015) was an American actor. He had small roles in multiple television series, but was known mostly for his roles in over 400 advertisements, especially for General Motors' Certified Service program.[2]

Paul Napier
Born (1930-03-10)March 10, 1930
Rochester, New York, United States
Died February 21, 2015(2015-02-21) (aged 84)
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Marie Bonady Napier (m. 1957–2015)[1]


Napier was born in Rochester, New York. He attended the Aquinas Institute and later graduated from Cornell University. Before his acting career, he worked for the Rochester Americans hockey team as promotions director and was the sports announcer for WBBF.[3] He moved to California in 1960. Napier began serving the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) as a board member in 1979, and helped establish the Screen Actors Guild Awards show first held in 1995. He was named the 2010 recipient of SAG Hollywood's Ralph Morgan Award.[4] After his acting career, Napier coached high school sports around Los Angeles schools.[5] Napier died in 2015 and was posthumously honored with the Aquinas Institute's Distinguished Alumnus Award that year.[6]


  1. ^ "Paul Napier (1930 - 2015)". Los Angeles Times. March 12, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2015 – via 
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (February 23, 2015). "Paul Napier, Originator of 'Mr. Goodwrench,' Dies at 84". Variety. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Daneman, Matthew (February 24, 2015). "Actor Paul Napier, Mr. Goodwrench, dies". Democrat & Chronicle. Archived from the original on February 24, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "SAG-AFTRA Mourns the Death of Paul Napier". SAG-AFTRA. February 23, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ Erskine, Chris (September 17, 2013). "Generations of L.A. youth have received his sports wisdom". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ Johson, James (February 24, 2015). "Aquinas to honor actor Paul Napier at commencement". Democrat & Chronicle. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 

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