Red West Dies: ‘Road House’ Actor, Stuntman & Songwriter Was 81

Red West, best famous as an actor for his purpose as Red alongside Patrick Swayze in Road House, and a longtime crony and songwriting partner of Elvis Presley, has died. West died Tuesday during a Memphis, TN sanatorium after pang an aortic aneurysm, his wife, Pat, told The Commercial Appeal newspaper. He was 81.

The Bolivar, TN local befriended Presley in high school, and went on to seem in tiny roles in several of Presley’s films in a 1960s. As a songwriter, he co-wrote “Separate Ways” for Elvis in 1972. The strain was a pretension of an Elvis manuscript expelled on RCA’s bill manuscript line, Camden, a following year. During a 1960s, West became good friends with actor Nick Adams and worked as a stuntman on Adams’ radio series, The Rebel.

He after strong on behaving full-time with TV credits including The Wild, Wild West, Baa Baa Black Sheep, along with Magnum P.I., The A-Team, The Fall Guy, and many recently guest-starred on Nashville, Rectify and Memphis Beat. On a film side, his many noted purpose was as Red Webster in 1989’s Road House conflicting Patrick Swayze. His other underline credits embody The Rainmaker (1997), Goodbye Solo (2008), and many recently, 2013’s Safe Haven.