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Beefy and imposing at over six feet tall, the actor (and stuntman) Robert Tessier was a perfect physical specimen for specializing in heavies. He made his acting debut in "Born Losers," a low-budget American International biker pic directed by Tom Laughlin--the first film to feature the "half-breed" cult hero Billy Jack, a Western-style vigilante who fought against prejudice. It probably wasn't coincidental that Tessier was of Algonquin descent. Most of the actor's early work was done on a shoestring budget; he rode out the biker-movie cycle (propagated by movies like "Born Losers" and "Easy Rider") of the late 1960s and early '70s before he struck a big Hollywood hit: "The Longest Yard," in which he played a karate-chopping convict who played football with Burt Reynolds. He was a fighter again in Walter Hill's brutal period piece "Hard Times," which starred Charles Bronson in one of his seminal roles: a rugged, bare-fisted boxer. Tessier had guest spots on popular TV shows of the time, like "The Dukes of Hazzard," "CHiPs," "The A-Team," and "Fantasy Island," and appeared in major-studio productions like "The Deep" and "Cannonball Run." Tessier's 20-year-long movie career was cut short by cancer; his...

Beefy and imposing at over six feet tall, the actor (and stuntman) Robert Tessier was a perfect physical specimen for specializing in heavies. He made his acting debut in "Born Losers," a low-budget American International biker pic directed by Tom Laughlin--the first film to feature the "half-breed" cult hero Billy Jack, a Western-style vigilante who fought against prejudice. It probably wasn't coincidental that Tessier was of Algonquin descent. Most of the actor's early work was done on a shoestring budget; he rode out the biker-movie cycle (propagated by movies like "Born Losers" and "Easy Rider") of the late 1960s and early '70s before he struck a big Hollywood hit: "The Longest Yard," in which he played a karate-chopping convict who played football with Burt Reynolds. He was a fighter again in Walter Hill's brutal period piece "Hard Times," which starred Charles Bronson in one of his seminal roles: a rugged, bare-fisted boxer. Tessier had guest spots on popular TV shows of the time, like "The Dukes of Hazzard," "CHiPs," "The A-Team," and "Fantasy Island," and appeared in major-studio productions like "The Deep" and "Cannonball Run." Tessier's 20-year-long movie career was cut short by cancer; his last film, "Fists of Steel," was released posthumously.

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  The Jesus Trip (1971) 2nd Unit Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Auntie Sue (1989) Walt
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 Fists of Steel (1989) Saylor
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 One Man Force (1989) Wilson
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 Nightwish (1988)
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 No Safe Haven (1987) Randy
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 Lost Empire, The (1985)
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 Fix, The (1983) Spook
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 Sword And The Sorcerer, The (1982) Verdugo
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 Steel (1980) Cherokee
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