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Whoa, hold up! They Live and Hell Comes to Frogtown may not be the defining moments in 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper's film career. Like many actors and performers who leave us too soon, the WWE legend still has a few more unreleased projects under his belt. And today, we have the first trailer for his final screen performance!
Vivieno Caldinelli's 11-minute short Portal to Hell!!! is heading to the Toronto International Film Festival. And while it is a horror short, it's getting a lot of attention for bringing a very interesting career to a close for Roddy Piper. The wrestling Superstar passed away last July, but he left this one gift behind, making it one of the most in demand shorts at Tiff this year.
Portal to Hell!!! follows the apartment-superintendent hero in what is loving referred to as a 'primo slice of Canuxploitation'. He has enough on his plate, »
Rowdy Roddy Piper was many things to many people. To some he was the boisterous, kilt wearing wrestler who squared off against the likes of Hulk Hogan, 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka and also yelled at people as the host of Piper's Pit. To others he was an actor in some of the more interesting films to ever be lensed. With Roddy Piper it didn't matter. He was many things to many people but no matter what, whether he wanted you to hate or love him, you loved him.
Roddy Piper sadly died this past Sunday of a heart attack. The man left us way too soon. At 61, he accomplished more with his career than most performers ever get a chance to fathom. He was a consummate entertainer who did what he did for the fans. He was once quoted as saying, "They cheered for me because they wanted to, not because they were programmed to. »
WWE wrestling legend and actor Rowdy Roddy Piper passed away at the age of 61 last night. No cause of death was immediately given, but his agent Jay Schachter confirmed to Deadline that Roddy Piper died peacefully in his sleep. He is believed to have succumbed to cardiac arrest. The actor and pro wrestler, whose real name was Roderick George Toombs, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma back in 2007, but Piper said last year that he was cancer-free. Here's what Jay Schachter had to say in a statement to Deadline.
"I am shocked and beyond devastated. He was an amazing man and a true friend, one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all."
Roddy Piper started wrestling professionally in 1973, in various different leagues throughout the country, before he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1984. Although he was born in Saskatchewan, »
3 items from 2015
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