‘Deliverance’ actor Herbert Coward hits it off with his girlfriend, pet squirrel and dog

Herbert Coward, the actor behind perhaps the scariest villain in the 1972 film Salvationwas killed in a car accident earlier this week along with his girlfriend and two pets.

The coward, who gained fame for playing the Toothless Man in the nightmarish thriller, was leaving a doctor’s office in Haywood County, North Carolina on Wednesday when another car hit him, killing him. He, his girlfriend Bertha Brooks, and his pet squirrel and Chihuahua were killed. , local officials said.

The other driver, identified as a 16-year-old, has not been charged, as police determined no foul play was involved in the crash.

Coward was affectionately known as “The Squirrel Man” around Haywood County because he liked to bring his pet squirrel, Cowgirl, wherever he went, according to the local newspaper. Mountaineer . Note Cowgirl and her chihuahua Little Man were both often with her, and sadly also with the ride that took her life this week.

Coward, 85, famously played his iconic role. Salvation Burt Reynolds saw him shoot out a Wild West-themed ghost town at the Sky amusement park that sits on a mountain in North Carolina.

In 2014, he said Mountaineer . that Reynolds advised him to “do real work” to land the part of Toothless Man.

“When I met the director, he said he was happy that I was dressed for the part, so I yelled at him and told him I was wearing my usual clothes and pushed him against the wall. hit,” Coward said at the time.

Most recently, Coward starred in the 2013 reality show “Hill Billy Blood,” but he preferred to live in the mountains of North Carolina instead of chasing his Hollywood dreams.

He was reportedly a well-known fixture at his local church—which he attended with his squirrel.

“I remember him and his squirrel sitting out front in Longs Chapel on Sundays. He was just a part of things like that,” one woman commented on Facebook in response to the news of his death.

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