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Diana Ivarson (m. ?–1990)


Robert Tessier

Actor, Stuntman

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June 2, 1934 (

October 11, 1990, Lowell, Massachusetts, United States

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Starcrash, Hard Times, The Born Losers, The Deep, The Glory Stompers

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Robert W. Tessier (June 2, 1934 – October 11, 1990) was an American actor and stuntman who was best known for playing heavy, menacing characters in films and on television.


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Early life

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Born in Lowell, Massachusetts of Algonquian descent, Tessier served as a paratrooper in the Korean War earning both a Silver Star and Purple Heart.

Performing career

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Tessier was an accomplished motorcycle rider doing stunts in the circus. These skills helped him secure his first film role in The Born Losers directed by Tom Laughlin.

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With his shaven head, size and threatening-looking appearance, Tessier went on to play a series of villainous roles on both TV and in film. He later formed a stunt troupe called Stunts Unlimited with director Hal Needham.

Although Tessier starred in many films and TV roles over his career, probably two of his best remembered film roles were as the menacing, karate-wielding convict "Connie Shokner" in the 1974 comedy-drama The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds (whom he counted as one of his friends) and as Kevin in The Deep. He also played a bare knuckle fighter in the Charles Bronson film Hard Times.

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In his spare time, Tessier was an accomplished cabinet maker often making pieces for his co-stars.


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Tessier died of cancer in 1990.


  • Kung Fu (1974) - Aztec Warrior
  • Little House on the Prairie (Survival, 1975) - Chief Jack Lame Horse (as Jack Lame Horse)
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1977) - Magua
  • Centennial (1978-1979) - Rude Water
  • Desperate Women (1978) - Outlaw (uncredited)
  • Starsky and Hutch (2-part episode in 1979) - Soldier
  • The Billion Dollar Threat (1979) - Benjamin
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (2 episodes both in 1979) - Marcos
  • The Dukes of Hazzard (1980) - Mitch Henderson
  • The Incredible Hulk (1980) - Johnny
  • Vega$ (1980) - Sawyer
  • Fantasy Island (1981) - Flynt
  • The Fall Guy (1981-1986) - Thug / Harvey / Garvey / Prisoner
  • CHiPs (1982) - Zorn
  • The A-Team (1983-1985) - Mute / Scully
  • Manimal (1983) - Sailor Poker Player (as Robert W. Tessier)
  • The Rousters (1983) - Bender
  • Magnum, P.I. (1984) - Murderer
  • Spenser: For Hire (1985) - Conan
  • Amazing Stories (1986) - Woodsman
  • Sledge Hammer! (1987) - Stoolie
  • B.L. Stryker (1989)
  • References

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