Mike Lane

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Mike Lane
Mike Lane and Angela Stevens 1956.jpg
Mike Lane and Angela Stevens in The Harder They Fall (1956)
Birth name Michael V. Lane
Born (1933-01-06)January 6, 1933
Washington D.C., U.S.
Died June 1, 2015(2015-06-01) (aged 82)
Palmdale, California, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Tarzan Mike
Billed height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Billed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Debut 1952
Retired 1959

Michael V. Lane (January 6, 1933 – June 1, 2015) was an American professional wrestler and actor.[1]


Humphrey Bogart and Mike Lane in The Harder They Fall (1956)

Lane's formidable size (height 6'8" or 2.03 m, weight 275 lbs or 125 kg) led him to work in the King Bros. Circus[2] boxing tent and wrestling tent where he would take on all comers. He also wrestled professionally under the name "Tarzan Mike" in 1952–1959.[3]

Lane was discovered by Columbia Pictures and made his acting debut in The Harder They Fall.[4]

Lane was given dramatic and boxing lessons to appear as the giant Toro Moreno, an outclassed boxer based on Primo Carnera.[5]

Lane made numerous television appearances including a regular role as Frank N. Stein in Monster Squad.

On November 25, 1958, in the episode "The Hunted" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Sugarfoot, starring Will Hutchins in the title role, Lane plays a former soldier, John Allman, who has become mentally unbalanced as a result of the terror of an Apache attack on his United States Army unit. Despite the efforts of a sympathetic Sugarfoot, Allman engages in bank robbery and murder and is tracked down by an impatient posse led by Clay Calhoun (R.G. Armstrong). Francis De Sales appears as Major Sterling in the episode, which is based on a story in True West Magazine.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

•Cheyenne "Decision at Gunsight" S2/Ep17 (1957) as Chuck Welch


  1. ^ Lowrie, Katharine. "MICHAEL V. LANE". theprecis.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 
  2. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0485485/bio.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Mike Lane. wrestlingdata.com
  4. ^ "'Harder They Fall' Opens; Prizefight Film Stars Bogart and Steiger Schulberg Novel Made Into Stinging Movie". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  5. ^ LIFE. Time Inc. 16 April 1956. pp. 103–. ISSN 0024-3019. 
  6. ^ ""The Hunted", Sugarfoot, November 25, 1958". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 

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