Tyler Mane

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Tyler Mane
Daryl Karolat, 2006.jpg
Tyler Mane, 2006
Birth name Daryl Karolat[1]
Ring name(s) Darryl Karolet[2]
[2]
Nitron[2]
Big Sky[2]
The Skywalker[2]
Sky High Walker[2]
Gully Gaspar[2]
Tyler Mane[2]
Billed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)[1]
Billed weight 295 lb (134 kg)[1]
Born (1966-12-08) December 8, 1966 (age 47)[2]
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada[1]
Trained by Mando Guerrero[1]
Red Bastien[1]
Stu Hart[1]
Debut 1986[2]
Retired 1996[2]

Daryl Karolat (born December 8, 1966) is a Canadian actor and former professional wrestler, better known by the name Tyler Mane. He is known for playing Sabretooth in X-Men, Ajax in Troy and Michael Myers in the remake of Halloween and its sequel, Halloween II.

Wrestling career[edit]

As a teenager, Karolat travelled to Calgary, where he trained briefly with Stu Hart. He later began training with Red Bastien in 1986, and completed further training with Mando Guerrero.[1] Mane began his career in 1986 under the name "Skywalker Nitron" in his native Canada. In 1987, he wrestled in South Africa, which resulted in an invitation to wrestle for Joint Promotions in the United Kingdom, where he arrived in November.[1] The following year, he toured New Japan Pro Wrestling[1] as "Gully Gaspar", teaming with "brothers" Billy and Barry and managed by KY Wakamatsu.

In 1990, Karolat began wrestling in Puerto Rico and toured with All Japan Pro Wrestling,[1] where he participated in the World's Strongest Tag Determination League. He then joined the Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre.[1]

In 1993, he signed with World Championship Wrestling,[1] under the name "Big Sky" and teamed with Vinnie Vegas. After Vinnie left WCW to become Diesel in the WWF, Mane was left in limbo and left WCW by the end of the year. In 1994, he joined Herb Abrams' Universal Wrestling Federation and became the only UWF MGM Grand Champion, defeating Steve Ray to win the vacant title. After Abrams' death and eventual dissolving of the UWF in 1996, Mane retired.

Film career[edit]

In 1992, during his time within Mexico with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, Mane made his film debut in Luchadores de las Estrellas playing the villain of the movie, El Vampiro Interespacial.[1] While part of WCW, he auditioned for and received a part in the television series Smokey and the Bandit.[1]

After retiring from wrestling, he appeared in numerous films, including X-Men (as Sabretooth), How to Make a Monster (as Hardcore), Joe Dirt, The Scorpion King, Troy (as Ajax), Hercules (as Antaeus), and The Devil's Rejects (in the uncredited role of Rufus). The role of Sabretooth was initially intended for Mane's former wrestling tag team parter, Kevin Nash, but was awarded to Mane due to Nash's scheduling conflicts. Nash would, however, get a small role in a later Marvel Comics film, The Punisher.

In 2007, he played the iconic starring role of Michael Myers in Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween. After winning the role, he noted that he consecutively watched seven of the eight Halloween films (excluding the third because Michael Myers does not appear) to better understand his character.[3] He is the tallest actor (6' 9") to portray the character.[4] In 2009, he reprised the role again in Rob Zombie's H2, becoming only the second actor to play Michael Myers more than once, and the only actor to play the role in consecutive films.

In 2010, he and his wife launched their own production company, Mane Entertainment. Their first feature, Compound Fracture, was released in 2013. Their newest production, Penance Lane, begins filming in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to actress Renae Geerlings.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Penance Lane Crimson Matthews
2013 Compound Fracture Michael
2013 Devil May Call John Reed Smith
2011 247°F Wade
2010 Gunless Jack Smith
2009 Halloween II Michael Myers
2007 Halloween Michael Myers
2006 Monk Dirk 1 episode
2005 The Devil's Rejects Rufus Uncredited
Hercules Antaeus
2004 Troy Ajax
2002 Black Mask 2: City of Masks Thorn
2002 Son of the Beach (TV) Adolf Manson 2 episodes
2002 The Scorpion King Barbarian Chieftain Uncredited
2001 Joe Dirt Bondi, Oil Rig Worker
How to Make a Monster Hardcore
2000 X-Men Sabretooth
1999 Party of Five Mr. Mayhem 1 episode
1992 Luchadores de las Estrellas El Vampiro Interespacial

In wrestling[edit]

  • Entrance themes
  • "Magic and Ecstasy" by Ennio Morricone (NJPW)
  • "Howl In The Sky" by Biscaya (AJPW)

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Smith, Caleb (April 30, 2014). "Tyler Mane's movie career all started with wrestling". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Cagematch profile". [unreliable source]
  3. ^ EXCL: Tyler Mane on Halloween. ShockTillYouDrop.com (2007-08-05). Retrieved on 2013-03-30.
  4. ^ Rob Zombies Halloween Vision. Moviesonline.ca (1978-10-25). Retrieved on 2013-03-30.
  5. ^ a b c d e World Championship Wrestling (1993-02-27). "Vinnie Vegas & Big Sky Vs. TC McCoy & Terry Travis". WCW Saturday Night.
  6. ^ a b c d e World Championship Wrestling (1993-09-19). "Charlie Norris Vs. Big Sky". WCW Starrcade.
  7. ^ a b c d e f World Championship Wrestling (1993-05-29). "Vinnie Vegas & Big Sky Vs. Sting & British Bulldog". WCW Saturday Night.
  8. ^ "UWF MGM Grand Championship history". 

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