Pat Roach

Biography

Date of Birth 19 May 1937, Birmingham, England, UK Date of Death 17 July 2004, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, UK (throat cancer) Birth Name Francis Patrick Roach Height 6' 5" (1.96 m) Mini Biography Proud and passionate Englishman, Pat Roach, was born and raised in Birmingham, England and grew to be a mountain of a man standing at 6'5" 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! Whilst 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 onscreen with some of Hollywood's biggest names. Many people would remember him as the muscle bound, bald German guard who hands out a fist 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 activities, 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 fans, sign autographs and pose for photos. Roach was also very popular with English TV audiences for his portrayal of gentle giant "Brian 'Bomber' Busbridge" in the series "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" (1983) and was scheduled to appear in the fourth series of the show, when he passed away from cancer on July 17th, 2004. He was 67 years old. IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com Spouse Doreen Harris (1957 - 2004) (his death) 2 children Trivia 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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Conan the Destroyer

Man Ape / Toth-Amon

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Clash of the Titans (1981)

Hephaestus

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The return of the three musketeers

French Executioner

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Willow: Behind the Magic

Self - General Kael (archive footage)

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Life with Billy

Reporter #1

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Rising Damp - The Movie

Rugby Player

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The Last Place on Earth

P.O. Edgar 'Taff' Evans

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The Big Man

Billy

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Unidentified Flying Oddball

Oaf

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The Portrait of a Lady

Strongman

Starring In
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Willow: Behind the Magic

Self - General Kael (archive footage)

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The Last Place on Earth

P.O. Edgar 'Taff' Evans

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Kull the Conqueror

Zulcki

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The Portrait of a Lady

Strongman

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Life with Billy

Reporter #1

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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Celtic Chieftain

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The Big Man

Billy

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Gestapo

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The return of the three musketeers

French Executioner

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Willow

Gen. Kael

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Red Sonja

Brytag

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Conan the Destroyer

Man Ape / Toth-Amon

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Chief Guard

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Never Say Never Again

Lippe

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Giant Sherpa / 1st Mechanic

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Clash of the Titans (1981)

Hephaestus

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The Monster Club

Great Uncle (uncredited)

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Rising Damp - The Movie

Rugby Player

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Unidentified Flying Oddball

Oaf

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Barry Lyndon

Toole - Soldier in Fistfight

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A Clockwork Orange

Milkbar Bouncer (uncredited)

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