Rosey Grier

Rosey Grier

Highest Rated: 0% The Thing With Two Heads (1972)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Thing With Two Heads (1972)

Birthday: Jul 14, 1932

Birthplace: Linden, New Jersey, USA

Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier was a highly accomplished athlete and actor who lived one of the most colorful and varied lives in American sports history. Born on July 14, 1932 in Cuthbert, GA, Grier was a high school football sensation at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, NJ. After graduating high school in 1951, Grier was drafted by Penn State University, where he played on the defensive line, and has what is considered today to be one of the most fruitful college football careers ever. In 1955, Grier was drafted by the New York Giants, with whom he played until 1962. During those years, Grier lead the team to an NFL Championship in 1956 (the Super Bowl did not yet exist), and to the Easern Conference Championships in 1958, 1959, 1961, and 1962. In 1963, Grier was traded to the Los Angeles Rams, where he and fellow defensive linemen Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, and Lamar Lundy formed what became known as "The Fearsome Foursome," arguably the best defensive line in NFL history. Sadly, due to a torn Achilles tendon, Grier was forced to retire in 1967. After football, Grier became a bodyguard for Robert F. Kennedy, who was running for president at the time. On the night of Kennedy's assassination, Grier was guarding RFK's wife, Ethel Kennedy, when the shots rang out, and it was Grier who eventually tackled and subdued the assassin, Sirhan Sirhan. That December, Grier entertained the troops in Vietnam as a part of "Operation Hope," a USO Christmas show organized by Bob Hope, and co-starring Ann-Margret. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Grier was a regular face on network television, making cameo appearances in a number of popular programs, including "The Love Boat" (ABC, 1977-1986), "Quincy, M.E." (NBC, 1976-1983), "Kojak" (CBS, 1973-1978), and "CHiPs" (NBC, 1977-1983). Always full of surprises, Grier released a book about his love of needlepoint and macrame, entitled "Rosey Grier's Needlepoint For Men," in 1973. In 1984, Grier endorsed Ronald Reagan for re-election, and spoke at that year's Republican Convention. It seems that those political aspirations stayed with Grier, for in 2017, at the age of 84, he announced that he was running for Governor of California in the 2018 gubernatorial election, as a Republican.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 58% Reggie's Prayer Reverend Jeremiah Knox (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sophisticated Gents Cudjo Evers (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 17% The Glove Victor Hale (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 0% The Treasure of Jamaica Reef Asper (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Second Chance Maxie Hill (Character) - 1972
0% 25% The Thing With Two Heads Jack Moss (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 26% Skyjacked Gary Brown (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Desperate Mission Morgan (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 32% Black Brigade Big Jim (Character) - 1969

TV

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85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 1999
100% No Score Yet The Larry Sanders Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Powerhouse Watson (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Shadow Unknown (Guest Star) 1980-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973-1974 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Chief Gabe Cooper (Character) 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie Sam (Guest Star) 1968
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1965

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