Mike Henry (American football)
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|Born||Michael Dennis Henry
August 15, 1936
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Smokey and the Bandit (as "Junior")
M*A*S*H (as Donald Penobscot)
|No. 68, 37, 53|
|Date of birth:||August 15, 1936|
|Place of birth:||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|NFL draft:||1958 / Round: 9 / Pick: 100|
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His most prominent role was as Tarzan in three 1960s movies, Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966), Tarzan and the Great River (1967), and Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968), that were all filmed back-to-back in 1965. At the time, critics said the dark-haired, square-jawed, muscular Henry resembled classic illustrations of the apeman more than any other actor who had ever taken on the role. Henry turned down the lead of the subsequent Tarzan television series, which then went to Ron Ely.
Henry is probably best known to movie audiences for playing a relatively minor role, Jackie Gleason's character's dim-witted son "Junior", in the highly popular Smokey and the Bandit comedies, starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field.
Henry portrayed a corrupt prison guard in another Burt Reynolds movie, The Longest Yard (1974). Henry played Sergeant Kowalski in the John Wayne war movie The Green Berets (1968), Luke Santee in More Dead Than Alive (1968), and corrupt Sheriff "Blue Tom" Hendricks in another Wayne film, Rio Lobo (1970). "Rio Lobo" was the last film directed by the legendary Howard Hawks, and Henry earned a small place in cinematic history by playing the last character to die in a Hawks film. He also acted alongside Charlton Heston in three films - the football movie Number One (1969), Skyjacked (1972), and Soylent Green (1973).
Henry played Lt. Col. Donald Penobscot in an episode of the television series M*A*S*H. And in another football-oriented role, he portrayed Tatashore, one of the members of the gang who kidnap "Larry Bronco" (Larry Csonka) in the "One of Our Running Backs is Missing" episode of The Six Million Dollar Man.
- Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)
- Tarzan and the Great River (1967)
- Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968)
- The Green Berets (1968)
- More Dead Than Alive (1968)
- Number One (1969)
- Rio Lobo (1970)
- Skyjacked (1972)
- Soylent Green (1973)
- The Longest Yard (1974)
- Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)
- Adiós Amigo (1976)
- Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
- Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
- Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he retired from acting in 1988.