Jenson as Woody in Every Which Way but Loose
February 9, 1927|
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|Died||April 24, 2007
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Dionysius (2 sons Martin and Morgan)
Marina Petrowa (1964–2007; his death)
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight:||210 lb (95 kg)|
Career highlights and awards
Life and career
Born in Calgary, Alberta, he moved to Los Angeles with his family as a child. He joined the U.S. Navy and then graduated from UCLA where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. He then became a professional Canadian football player for the Calgary Stampeders and the BC Lions from 1951 through 1957.
He guest starred on NBC's television series Daniel Boone during the fourth season (1968–1969); however, he is 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. He also appeared in episodes 11 and 12 of Batman in 1966, was the English newspaper printer in Season 5, Episode 136-2 of Bonanza, appeared in an episode ofThe Silent Force in 1970, and in 1976 guest-starred in an episode of Gibbsville.
A prolific character actor, he appeared in such films as The Missouri Traveler, Warlock, 13 Ghosts, How the West Was Won, Waterhole No. 3, Our Man Flint, Big Jake, Harper, Bustin' Loose, 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.