Friday, May 23, 2008

Who is Pat Roach?

PAT ROACH Died July 13, 2004

Wrestler turned actor Pat Roach died of cancer at age 67. Mr. Roach appeared in some of the most popular films of all time. He was best known as one of the leads in the BBC TV series "Auf Weiersehen Pet." The TV series just began filming its newest season. Those unfamiliar with the BBC action series will recognize Mr. Roach for his memorable cameos in several popular films. Mr. Roach appeared in all three of the "Indiana Jones" films. In "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Mr. Roach played the bald-headed Nazi who fought Harrison Ford underneath a pilotless German fighter aircraft. The photo at right shows Mr. Roach in each of the three "Indiana Jones" films. Roach fought Sean Connery’s James Bond in "Never Say Never Again." Mr. Roach was the evil General Kael, chief henchman for Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) in Ron Howard’s "Willow." The character's name was a tribute to the famed film critic Pauline Kael. Stanley Kubrick gave Mr. Roach his first movie job. Mr. Roach was one of the bouncers at the Korova Milk Bar in the opening sequence of "A Clockwork Orange." Kubrick also gave Mr. Roach a part in his period piece "Barry Lyndon." It was Mr. Roach’s character, the mythic god Hephaestus who created the annoying robotic owl in Ray Harryhausen’s final film "Clash of the Titans." Other credits include the final part of Richard Lester’s "Musketeer Trilogy": "The Return of the Musketeers," Kevin Costner’s "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Red Sonja" and "Conan the Destroyer

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