Ac­tor Red West was long­time Elvis con­fi­dant

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD/OBITUARIES -

Ac­tor and song­writer Robert Gene “Red” West, a long­time con­fi­dant of Elvis Pres­ley, has died in Mem­phis.

Danita Allen of Memo­rial Park Fu­neral Home said West died Tues­day. He was 81. His wife, Pat West, told The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal he died at Bap­tist Hos­pi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing from an aor­tic aneurysm.

West met Pres­ley in high school and worked for him for 20 years. He was a friend, driver and body­guard. He also took small roles in some of Pres­ley’s films and co-wrote some songs Pres­ley sang in­clud­ing “Separate Ways” and “If You Talk In Your Sleep.” Af­ter be­ing fired by Pres­ley’s fa­ther in 1976, West be­came a full-time ac­tor and ap­peared on TV shows and in movies. His most fa­mous role was in 1989’s “Road House” star­ring Pa­trick Swayze.

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