I warn you this is a TOUGH one. Seeing how he was in real life I think it shows he was a good actor. The contrast is amazing to the characters he played. You really will be surprised!
Date of birth (location) 3 June 1953Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands Date of death (details) 23 September Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. (heart failure)
Height 6' 6" (1.98 m) Weight 350-400lbs
Mini biography Born in the Netherlands in 1954, he came to the United States as a child in the late 1950s. Grew up in Orange, New Jersey; Ridgefield, Connecticut; and Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he distinguished himself as a member of the wrestling team and in student theatre productions while also becoming a teaching assistant while still an undergraduate.
After graduation he moved to New York City, working in the field of computers, and pursued amateur wrestling, going to the 1976 Montreal Olympics as the heavyweight alternate and being the hopeful for the 1980 Moscow Olympics (which the US did not ultimately attend).
continued to work in computers (ultimately starting his own company), fitting in his movie shoots as well as his studies toward an operatic career. Originally a bass-baritone, he appeared many times at the well-known Amato Opera in New York and eventually worked his way into the Heldenbaritone repertoire. His brother Philip (also an opera singer and film actor), and his sister Philine (also an opera singer).
Attended Massachusetts Institue of Technology 1972-1976 Was a student and member of the wrestling team at M.I.T.
Was an accomplished opera singer.
While at MIT, was also on the crew team. In the student production of 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum', he played Miles Gloriosus. Was a dedicated teacher in the late 70s early 80s at Manhattan Community College, teaching English.
I’ll give you a few clues along the way if this proves to difficult.....
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