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Roy Jenson (February 9 1927April 24 2007) was a Canadianmarker-born actor.

Born in Calgary, Albertamarker, Canadamarker, he moved to Los Angelesmarker with his family as a child. He joined the U.S. Navy and then graduated from UCLAmarker. then became a professional Canadian football player for the Calgary Stampeders, the Montreal Alouettes and finally the BC Lions.

Remembered by many as the first man beaten up by Caine on the television show Kung Fu (1972), for his appearance in the Star Trek episode "The Omega Glory" and as the villain Puddler in The Moving Target, he worked frequently in television in the '70s and '80s. A prolific character actor, he appeared in such films as Warlock, Al Capone, How the West Was Won, Waterhole #3, Our Man Flint, Big Jake, Harper, Soylent Green, The Getaway, The Way We Were, The Outfit and Chinatown.

He also worked frequently with directors John Milius (Dillinger, The Wind and the Lion, Red Dawn) and Clint Eastwood (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Gauntlet, Every Which Way but Loose, Any Which Way You Can, Honkytonk Man), as well as actor Geoffrey Lewis.

Jenson died of cancer in Los Angeles, Californiamarker, aged 80. His son was actor Sasha Jenson.

References

  1. Staff report (May 4, 2007). Roy Jenson, 80; football player became actor who often portrayed bad guys. Los Angeles Times
  2. Staff report (May 2, 2007). Roy Jenson, 80, actor Variety


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