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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 July 1932Linden, New Jersey, USA
Nickname Rosey
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Former star player with the Los Angeles Rams during the 1960s, this impressively built African-American athlete broke into acting via appearances in TV shows including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), The Wild Wild West (1965) and I Dream of Jeannie (1965).

Grier received positive reviews for his role in the TV movie The Desperate Mission (1969) and then landed a recurring role alongside Fess Parker in the hugely popular children's TV series Daniel Boone (1964). This led to a short-lived stint as host of his own variety show The Rosey Grier Show (1968) which only ran the one season. He kept busy with work in other TV shows and appeared in several feature films including Skyjacked (1972), The Thing with Two Heads (1972) and Timber Tramps (1975).

He continued to turn up in a handful of minor roles throughout the 1970s, but arguably did not possess the acting skill of other prominent African-American athletes-turned-actors such as Fred Williamson, Jim Brown and Jim Kelly.

He became an ordained minister in 1983, and has continued to champion the causes of those less fortunate, and to guide inner city teens from poor backgrounds.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Spouse (3)

Margie Hanson (1981 - 10 June 2011) (her death) (1 child)
Beatrice Lewis (2 February 1962 - 1970) (divorced)
Margie Hanson (? - 1978) (divorced)

Trivia (16)

Brawling L. A. Rams football player, guitar-strumming folk singer, and expert at the art of macramé.
He and Olympic Gold Medal Winner Rafer Johnson helped capture and detain Robert F. Kennedy's assassin Sirhan Sirhan June 6, 1968; Grier placed his sizable thumb behind the trigger of Sirhan's gun to prevent him from firing the weapon at anyone else in the crowd.
Cousin of actress Pam Grier, Rodney Grier and Gina Grier-Townsie.
The seventh of 11 children, he was named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Named All-Pro twice while with the L. A. Rams.
A torn Achilles tendon effectively ended his football career during the 1967-1968 season.
Became an ordained minister in 1983 and founded an inner city teen resource center the following year.
He turned Republican and supported the "religious right" and the Moral Majority led by Jerry Falwell.
Counseled and ministered fellow pro-baller O.J. Simpson while Simpson was in prison. Oddly, the two had never met before. Simpson's football career began just as Grier's ended.
One of his hobbies is needlepoint.
Along with Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy and Deacon Jones, formed the "Fearsome Foursome" of the L.A. Rams.
Has a son Roosevelt Kennedy Grier born in 1973.
He was nominated for the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his contributions to Sports.
He was nominated for a 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame for Sports.
He was nominated for the 2015 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services in sports.
The June 30, 1971, issue of Variety, in the Hollywood Production Pulse section, lists a movie "S. R. O." directed by Jerry Schafer for Hollywood International Pictures with actors Rory Calhoun, Ruth Roman, Rosie Grier, Jim Mitchum, Tom Bosley, Jesse White, John Fiedler, and Percy Helton which started filming Jun 14, 1971, in Dallas. No evidence the movie was completed or released.

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