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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 19 May 1937Birmingham, England, UK
Date of Death 17 July 2004Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, UK  (throat cancer)
Birth NameFrancis Patrick Roach
Nickname Bomber
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Proud and passionate Angle, Pat Roach, was born and raised in Birmingham, England and grew to be a mountain of a man standing at six feet, five inches tall, with doorway-wide shoulders and a barrel chest.

Pat wrestled competitively under the name of "Bomber" Roach, and at one time held both the British and European Heavyweight Wrestling Championships. While still in the wrestling game, Roach broke into acting with a bit part in the Stanley Kubrick film Barry Lyndon (1975). He quickly became popular as an enforcer or warrior figure and appeared on-screen with some of Hollywood's biggest names. Many people would remember him as the muscle-bound, bald German guard who hands out a beating to Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), before being cut down by a spinning plane propeller.

In other film roles, Roach nearly eliminates 007 Sean Connery in the Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983), in dual roles as a resurrected demon and as a fierce warrior, he fought Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Conan sequel Conan the Destroyer (1984), and was back as a ferocious Indian guard pummeling poor Harrison Ford once again in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), before falling into a rock crusher.

He also appeared in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Red Sonja (1985) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). Apart from his film activity, Pat ran a gymnasium in Birmingham, operated a used appliance business in the local markets and was known as a warm-hearted and genial man who was happy to chat with admiring fanatics, sign autographs and pose for photographs.

Roach was also very popular with English television audiences for his portrayal of gentle giant "Brian 'Bomber' Busbridge" in the series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983) and was scheduled to appear in the fifth series of the show, when he died of cancer on July 17, 2004. He was 67 years old.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Spouse (1)

Doreen Harris (1957 - 2004) (his death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Muscular frame, beard and flawless voice.

Trivia (8)

He appears in all three Indiana Jones films playing four different roles.
Was offered the chance to train Harrison Ford for the second Indiana Jones film but turned it down saying he "didn't want to be known as a trainer".
Is a former professional wrestler, competing under the name Pat 'Bomber' Roach.
Roach usually plays tough characters, due to his stature and physique.
Auditioned for the role of Darth Vader in 1976.
Was appointed director of operations for the British wrestling association FWA (Frontier Wrestling Association) at FWA New Frontiers (8th February 2003.) Maintained a behind-the-scenes role with the company until his death, although New Frontiers was his only appearance with the FWA.
Along with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sven-Ole Thorsen, he is one of few actors who has been in three movies based on the writings of Robert E. Howard.
Besides Harrison Ford, he is the only actor to appear in all of the first three "Indiana Jones" films (Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)).

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