Robert Tessier

Beefy and imposing at over six feet tall, the actor (and stuntman) Robert Tessier was a perfect physical specimen for specializing in heavies. He made his acting debut in "Born Losers", a low-budget American ... Read more »
Born: 06/01/1934

Filmography

Actor (28)

Auntie Sue 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Fists of Steel 1989 (Movie)

Saylor (Actor)

Nightwish 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

One Man Force 1988 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

No Safe Haven 1987 (Movie)

Randy (Actor)

The Lost Empire 1984 (Movie)

Koro (Actor)

Sawyer and Finn 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sword and the Sorcerer 1982 (Movie)

Verdugo (Actor)

The Stockers 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Steel 1980 (Movie)

Cherokee (Actor)

The Villain 1979 (Movie)

Anxious Beaver (Actor)

Hooper 1978 (Movie)

Amtrac (Actor)

Last of the Mohicans 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Starcrash 1978 (Movie)

Thor (Actor)

The Deep 1977 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

Doc Savage, The Man of Bronze 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hard Times 1975 (Movie)

Jim Henry (Actor)

Breakheart Pass 1974 (Movie)

Sepp Calhoun (Actor)

How Come Nobody's on Our Side? 1974 (Movie)

Bike Rider (Actor)

The Longest Yard 1973 (Movie)

Shokner (Actor)

The Jesus Trip 1970 (Movie)

Other Cop (Actor)

Cry Blood, Apache 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Babysitter 1969 (Movie)

Laurence Mackey (Actor)

The Glory Stompers 1967 (Movie)

Magoo (Actor)

The Born Losers 1966 (Movie)

Cue Ball (Actor)

Centennial (TV Show)

Actor

Future Force (TV Show)

Actor

The Billion Dollar Threat (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Beefy and imposing at over six feet tall, the actor (and stuntman) Robert Tessier was a perfect physical specimen for specializing in heavies. He made his acting debut in "Born Losers", a low-budget American International biker pic directed by Tom Laughlin--the first film to feature the "half-breed" cult hero Billy Jack, a Western-style vigilante who fought against prejudice. It probably wasn't coincidental that Tessier was of Algonquin descent. Most of the actor's early work was done on a shoestring budget; he rode out the biker-movie cycle (propagated by movies like "Born Losers" and "Easy Rider") of the late 1960s and early '70s before he struck a big Hollywood hit: "The Longest Yard", in which he played a karate-chopping convict who played football with Burt Reynolds. He was a fighter again in Walter Hill's brutal period piece "Hard Times", which starred Charles Bronson in one of his seminal roles: a rugged, bare-fisted boxer. Tessier had guest spots on popular TV shows of the time, like "The Dukes of Hazzard", "CHiPs", "The A-Team", and "Fantasy Island", and appeared in major-studio productions like "The Deep" and "Cannonball Run". Tessier's 20-year-long movie career was cut short by cancer; his last film, "Fists of Steel", was released posthumously.

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