With Rod Taylor in Zabriskie Point, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1970.
The obits say Spradlin specialized in playing "authority figures," but his real art was in mixing you up about how you felt about them. His most chilling scene is of course as General Corman (the name is amusing) in Apocalypse Now; the cagey cat-and-mouse disclosure game he and Jerry Ziesmer's "Civilian" play with Martin Sheen's Willard at the outset...and then there's the odd, perhaps gratuitous interpolation he makes about the now-"unsound" Kurtz, about his being a "good," "humanitarian" man, a man of "wit and humor." Huh? As in North Dallas Forty around the same period, when his uber-Landry character brings up "Christian" football. A brilliant,invaluable character actor, like the late J.T. Walsh; not only shall we not see his like again, but it's becoming less likely that the movies can support his like.