John Matuszak (1950–1989)

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John Daniel Tooz Matuszak was an American professional football defensive lineman in the National Football League and also an actor. Matuszak was born in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Tampa and played for their football team. Matuszak also played for various NFL teams; his longest stint of six years having been spent with the... See full bio »

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Known For

The Goonies Sloth
North Dallas Forty O. W. Shaddock
The Ice Pirates Killjoy


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 1990 Down the Drain
Jed Stewart
 1989 Ghost Writer
Chuck Aaron
 1989 One Man Force
 1989 Heartbeat (TV Series)
- What the Inspector Saw (1989) ... Warnick
 1989 Superboy (TV Series)
- War of the Species (1989) ... Android
 1989 Perfect Strangers (TV Series)
- That Old Gang of Mine (1989) ... Cobra
 1988 T and T (TV Series)
- Mickey's Choice (1988) ... Rubberhead
 1988 Aaron's Way (TV Series)
- A Healing Power (1988) ... Purque
- A Plain Path (1988) ... Purque
 1988 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (TV Movie)
Fred Collins
 1987 The Charmings (TV Series)
- Trading Places (1987) ... Rock
 1987 1st & Ten (TV Series)
John Manzak
- The Comeback Trail (1987) ... John Manzak
- A Loaded Gun (1987) ... John Manzak
- A Second Chance Once Removed (1987) ... John Manzak
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
- Viking Bikers from Hell (1987) ... Lascoe
 1987 P.K. and the Kid
John Matuszak
 1986 Charlie Barnett's Terms of Enrollment (Video)
TV Spokesman
 1986 Amen (TV Series)
Elmo The Handyman
- Retreat, Heck! (1986) ... Elmo The Handyman
 1986 The A-Team (TV Series)
Davey Miller
- Quarterback Sneak (1986) ... Davey Miller
 1986 One Crazy Summer
 1986 Fathers and Sons (TV Series)
Mad Dog
- Which Championship Season? (1986) ... Mad Dog
 1986 Hunter (TV Series)
- Death Machine (1986) ... Lincoln
 1986 Tall Tales & Legends (TV Series)
Mountain Man
- My Darlin' Clementine (1986) ... Mountain Man
 1985 Hollywood Beat (TV Series)
George Grinsky
- Connections (1985) ... George Grinsky
- Dead Heat (1985) ... George Grinsky
- Out in the Cold (1985) ... George Grinsky
- Let's Have Lunch (1985) ... George Grinsky
- Girls, Girls, Girls (1985) ... George Grinsky
 1985 Stir Crazy (TV Series)
- Pilot (1985) ... Grossberger
 1985 Command 5 (TV Movie)
Nick Kowalski
 1985 The Goonies
 1985 Half Nelson (TV Movie)
 1985 Benson (TV Series)
- On the Road (1985) ... Roy
 1985 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
- Semi-Catastrophe (1985) ... Dwayne
 1984 Silver Spoons (TV Series)
- The Call of the Wild (1984) ... Elmer
 1984 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
- No More Mr. Nice Guy (1984) ... Stoney
 1984 The Ice Pirates
 1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)
- The Crying Clown (1983) ... Harold
 1982 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Joe McGurski
- Cause for Concern (1982) ... Joe McGurski
 1982 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Cpl. Elmo Hitalski
- Promotion Commotion (1982) ... Cpl. Elmo Hitalski
 1981 Caveman
 1979 North Dallas Forty
O. W. Shaddock
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The only way to play football is with reckless abandon, or they'll knock your beard off. And with acting, you have to pull all the stops to make it work. See more »


As Sloth in The Goonies (1985), his make-up took five hours to complete. One of the eyes (which was out of place on the face) was mechanically operated off-screen by remote control. He had to time his blinking to match the blinks of the robotic eye. A crew-member would countdown from three, two, one and tell him to blink. The cast was told not to get him wet in scenes outside of the pirate ship, ... See more »


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