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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 2 June 1934Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 11 October 1990Lowell, Massachusetts, USA  (cancer)
Nickname Cueball
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actor and stuntman Robert Tessier was born of Algonquian Indian descent on June 2, 1934 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He specialized in tough, menacing villains throughout American cinema of the 1970s and 1980s. Tessier had served time in the United States Armed Forces seeing action in Korea as a paratrooper and earning both a Silver Star and a Purple Heart, and in addition was an accomplished motorcycle rider and circus stunt performer.

His movie breakthrough came at age 33, in the low budget Tom Laughlin biker movie The Born Losers (1967). With his menacing looks, Tessier was never short of on screen work, often turning up in several movies a year playing gang leaders, bikers and other murderous thugs. He appeared alongside 'Burt Reynolds' on three occasions in The Longest Yard (1974), Hooper (1978) and The Cannonball Run (1981). Alternately, he was equally busy on television appearing in popular series including Starsky and Hutch (1975), Magnum, P.I. (1980), The Fall Guy (1981) and The A-Team (1983). Undoubtedly, Tessier's most well remembered role was that of grinning, head-butting street fighter Jim Henry in the Charles Bronson film Hard Times (1975).

Tessier formed "Stunts Unlimited" with fellow noted stunt performers Hal Needham, Glenn R. Wilder and Ronnie Rondell Jr.. Robert Tessier passed away aged 56 from cancer on October 11, 1990.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Trade Mark (2)

Often played tough, menacing villains
Shaved head and muscular physique

Trivia (9)

Formed Stunts Unlimited with Hal Needham.
Tessier was of Algonquian Indian descent.
Performed as a stunt cyclist in the circus.
Played Mr. Clean on television commercials.
Won a Purple Heart and a Silver Star as a paratrooper in the Korean War.
He was an accomplished furnituremaker, and built several pieces for his co-stars.
Father of Ben Ivarson with Diana Ivarson.
Appeared in a handful of television commercials for Midas Mufflers in the 1980s.
Appeared as the mechanic assistant of Lee Van Cleef in several Canadian television commercials for Midas Muffler during the early 1980s.

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