Roddy Piper

Roddy Piper

Highest Rated: 85% They Live (1988)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Masked Saint (2016)

Birthday: Apr 17, 1954

Birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Arguably the greatest villain in the history of professional wrestling, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's outsized personality made him a legend in the sport and a popular star in action-packed genre films like "They Live" (1988). Born Roderick George Toombs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 17, 1954, he spent much of his teenaged years on the streets and in halfway houses after a falling out with his father, a Royal Canadian Mountie. Piper found an outlet in pugilistic sports, first as a Golden Gloves-winning boxer, and later in judo and wrestling. He made his professional wrestling debut at the age of 15 and worked as a "jobber" - a wrestler who is assigned to lose matches against main event performers - in various leagues throughout the United States and Canada. The first inkling of Piper's brash wrestling persona emerged in the mid-1970s, when, as a member of Gene LeBell's NWA Hollywood Wrestling league in Los Angeles, he became a gleefully mean-spirited foil, baiting the Mexican-American audience by waging war against the popular Guerrero family dynasty. The attention afforded by these stunts led to even greater infamy in the Pacific Northwest and Georgia wrestling circuits; there, Piper became the "heel," or antagonist fans loved to hate through a combination of brutally underhanded behavior in the ring and a gift of gab that would receive its greatest showcase in the mid-1980s, when he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF/WWE). League owner Vince McMahon recognized Piper's talents and granted him a segment between matches called "Piper's Pit," which was intended as a talk show. Piper transformed the format into the pulpit for the cult of his stage personality, which combined the extreme physicality, malevolence and ego of comic book supervillians with a wicked talent for verbal abuse and a "Scottish" temper that often sent interviews spiraling into out-and-out brawls. The segment elevated Piper to national attention, even among those who didn't follow wrestling, as the WWF's top heel status at a time when wrestling was entering mainstream popularity through crossover promotion with MTV and "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ); as a result, Piper became a global superstar thanks to exposure in the first Wrestlemania event in 1985, where he battled the league's premier hero, Hulk Hogan. In 1987, Piper left the WWF to try his hand at acting; his debut feature, John Carpenter's "They Live," was a slyly subversive thriller about a drifter (Piper) who discovers an alien invasion. A cult favorite, thanks in part to a memorable line of dialogue improvised by Piper ("I have come to chew bubble gum and kick ass - and I'm all out of bubble gum"), the film did not translate into screen stardom, though he continued to act in low-budget genre films for the next two decades. Piper soon returned to wrestling for the WWF (which became World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc in 1999) and other promotions, including World Championship Wrestling (WCW). By the new millennium, he had graduated from the brash villain du jour to beloved elder statesman and 2005 inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, By this time, his relationship with the business had become one of necessity; health issues, including a bout with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2006, forced him to continue to wrestle in order to collect his pension. He remained active as a wrestler and actor until 2015, when Piper succumbed to a heart attack in his sleep on July 31.

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Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 42% The Price of Fame Self - 2017
14% 62% The Masked Saint Nicky Stone (Character) $182K 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Green Fairy Oscar Wilde (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chair Murphy (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portal to Hell!!! Jack (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 33% Other Plans Dean Evans (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Reconciler Russ (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 24% Don't Look Back Eddie Starks (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures of a Pizza Guy Marek Slavomir (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 15% Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies Roddy Piper (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clear Lake Wayne (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 88% Fancypants Smiley (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 30% Alien Opponent Father Melluzzo (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 14% Billy Owens and the Secret of the Runes William Thurgood (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bloodstained Memoirs Unknown (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 71% A Family Underground Self - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Gothic Tale Narrator - 2009
No Score Yet 18% The Mystical Adventures of Billy Owens William Thurgood (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 16% Ghosts of Goldfield Jackson Smith (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 68% Shut Up and Shoot! Yokum (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 0% Legion: The Final Exorcism Lucas McMurter (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 26% Honor Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 11% Blind Eye Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 45% Three Wise Guys Pastor Roberts (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 27% Last to Surrender Nick Ford (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack of Hearts Detective Deeks (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 20% Shepherd Miles (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 15% Hard Time Randy (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Misery Brothers Self - 1997
No Score Yet 33% The Bad Pack Dash Simms (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet First Encounter Unknown (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 33% Dead Tides Mick Leddy (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 35% Sci-Fighters Det. Cameron Grayson (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 38% Marked Man Frank Gibson (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Tides Mick Leddy (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 10% Terminal Rush Bartel (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 46% Tough and Deadly Elmo Freech (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 37% Jungleground Lt. Jacob `'Jake'` Cornell (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 39% Immortal Combat John Keller (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 15% No Contest Ice (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 65% Back in Action Frank Rossi (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage Maurice Steiger (Character) - 1990
56% 46% Hell Comes to Frogtown Sam Hell (Character) - 1988
85% 79% They Live Nada (Character) $12.3M 1988
No Score Yet 52% Body Slam Quick Rick Roberts (Character) $8.5K 1987

TV

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100% 94% Adventure Time Don John (Guest Voice) 2014
94% 93% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Da' Maniac (Guest Star) 2013 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Wife Swap Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Storage Wars Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
56% 70% Breaking In Mr. Weller (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 91% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2006
27% No Score Yet The Mullets Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mentors Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1998

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