Robert Swenson

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Robert Swenson
Jeep Swenson 1996.jpg
Robert Swenson with his wife and daughter, shortly before his death
Birth name Robert Alexander Swenson, Jr.
Born (1957-01-05)January 5, 1957
Fort Worth, Texas
Died August 18, 1997(1997-08-18) (aged 40)
Los Angeles, California
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Jeep Swenson
Jeep the Mercenary
The Final Solution
The Ultimate Solution
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Billed weight 405 lb (184 kg; 28.9 st)
Billed from San Antonio, Texas
Debut 1980s

Robert Alexander "Jeep" Swenson, Jr. (January 5, 1957 – August 18, 1997) was an American professional wrestler, stuntman, and actor.

Personal life[edit]

Swenson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Patricia Maxine (née Wells) and Robert Alexander Swenson, Sr. Swenson was married to Erin Hillsman. The couple had a daughter named Kayleigh.

Career[edit]

Swenson wrestled for World Class Championship Wrestling in 1987 and 1988 for manager Gary Hart. His main feud was with Bruiser Brody, who was wrestling as the masked "Red River Jack". According to Swenson, he had the largest biceps in the world at that time. He was billed as being from South Africa, although he was an American.

Swenson returned to wrestling for a match at World Championship Wrestling's Uncensored pay-per-view on March 24, 1996. He performed as a member of the "Alliance to End Hulkamania". Swenson was originally named The Final Solution, but following complaints from Jewish organizations to the Turner corporate offices, his character was renamed The Ultimate Solution. WCW claimed they were unaware that The Final Solution was the name Adolf Hitler gave to his plan to destroy the Jews. The Alliance comprised the Dungeon of Doom and the Four Horsemen, and they posed to end Hulk Hogan's career.

Swenson also had a short career as a professional boxer. He won his first two bouts by knockouts, but his third fight was stopped in round one after he was knocked down twice by Frankie Garcia in his pro debut. Swenson had boxed as an amateur middleweight.[clarification needed]

The 6' 4", 405 lb. Swenson appeared as pit fighter "Lugwrench" Perkins in the 1989 Hulk Hogan film No Holds Barred. He also played James Caan's bodyguard Bledsoe in the Adam Sandler film Bulletproof, before playing possibly his best known character Bane in the 1997 film Batman & Robin.[1]

Death[edit]

On August 18, 1997, Swenson died of heart failure at the UCLA Medical Center. He was 40 years old. Hulk Hogan, Davey Boy Smith, and James Caan gave eulogies at Swenson's funeral, which was followed by cremation.[citation needed]

In wrestling[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fin Martin and Antohy Evans (August 2003). "Know their Roles". Power Slam Magazine (Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing Ltd). pp. 26–31. 109. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
New title
Bane Actor
1997
Succeeded by
Tom Hardy