Francis Patrick Roach
19 May 1937
|Died||17 July 2004 (aged 67)|
|Occupation||Actor, wrestler, businessman,|
fitness club owner, author,
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Television||Auf Wiedersehen, Pet|
Doreen Harris (m. 1957–2004)(his death)
Francis Patrick Roach (19 May 1937 – 17 July 2004) was an English actor, and professional wrestler. During an acting career in the 1970s - 1990s he appeared in multiple cinema films, usually cast as a support player strongman villain. He appeared in the Indiana Jones cinema films; as the West Country bricklayer Brian "Bomber" Busbridge in the 1980s British television series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and in the role of Petty Officer Edgar Evans in the television production The Last Place on Earth.
He began his professional wrestling career under the name of "Judo" Pat Roach. He was a well-known wrestler who attracted unwarranted aggression from the crowds, who assumed him to be a wrestling heel, in a similar mould to Mick McManus. After his acting career had taken off, he continued to wrestle under the name of "Bomber" Pat Roach, having previously been billed as "Big" Pat Roach, but now receiving affectionate cheering from the spectators. He was trained by Alf Kent, his first official wrestling match was against George Selko in 1960. Roach held both the British and European Heavyweight Wrestling Championships at one time.
Roach made his acting debut as the red-bearded bouncer in the Korova Milkbar in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. He worked on another Kubrick film, Barry Lyndon, where he played a hand-to-hand brawler named 'Toole' who engages Ryan O'Neal in fist fight. Roach went on to play a number of strong-man supporting character roles in cinema films in the 1970s-1990s, including the non-speaking role of Hephaestus in Clash of the Titans alongside Laurence Olivier. He later appeared as Atlas in the story of Perseus and the Gorgon, on which 'Clash of the Titans'. He also appeared as a SPECTRE-backed assassin in the James Bond film 'Never Say Never Again', and as bandit-warlord Lord Brytag in the sword-and-sorcery film 'Red Sonja'. He appeared as the skull-helmeted 'General Kael' in the film 'Willow'; the evil wizard Thoth-Amon in Conan the Destroyer and as the Celtic chieftain in 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'. In an alternative from playing strongman villains, in 1985 he played Petty Officer Edgar Evans in the Central TV mini-series 'The Last Place on Earth' about Captain Scott's expedition to the South Pole.Roach was turned down as Darth Vader in 'Star Wars', however its director, George Lucas, subsequently cast him as several burly villains in the Indiana Jones film series in the 1980s. In 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' he played two roles, the first being a giant Sherpa who fights Jones in the bar in Nepal, the second being a German Luftwaffe airman who fist-fights with Jones before being killed by an aircraft's propeller blades on the airstrip in Egypt. In the next film, 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom', Roach played a Thuggee guard in a mine who fights with Jones before being killed in a rock crusher. His final appearance in the series was as a Gestapo officer in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', he appears only brief as the character's fight with Jones was cut because director Steven Spielberg considered the scene "too long" and served as a subplot.
Roach played the character of 'Brian "Bomber" Busbridge' in the comedy-drama 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet', as a West Country bricklayer who appeared in all four of the full length series.
Pat Roach married Doreen Harris in 1957, the marriage producing a son and a daughter.
|1971||A Clockwork Orange||Milkbar bouncer||Uncredited|
|1975||Barry Lyndon||Toole - Soldier in fistfight|
|1979||Unidentified Flying Oddball||Oaf|
|1980||Rising Damp||Rugby player|
|1981||The Monster Club||Great Uncle||Uncredited|
|Raiders of the Lost Ark||Giant sherpa / 1st mechanic|
|Clash of the Titans||Hephaestus|
|1983||Never Say Never Again||Lippe|
|1984||Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom||Chief Guard|
|Conan the Destroyer||Man Ape / Toth-Amon|
|1989||The Return of the Musketeers||French executioner|
|Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade||Gestapo|
|1990||Wings of Fame|
|The Big Man||Billy|
|1991||Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves||Celtic chieftain|
|1996||The Portrait of a Lady||Strongman|
|1997||Kull the Conqueror||Zulcki|
|2003||Crust||The Bull||Final Film Role|
Championships and accomplishments
- Premier Promotions|Premier Wrestling Federation
- Ken Joyce Trophy (1992)
- If (co-written childhood autobiography)
- Pat Roach's Birmingham (2004)
- "WHSmith – Search for Pat Roach". Archived from the original on 8 March 2012.
- "In Remembrance: Pat Roach". The Guardian.
- "Pat Roach". The Independent.
- "Roach Family Tree". Ancestry.com - pay to view.
- "Judo at Kyrle Hall". Sports Argus. 11 November 1967. p. 8. Retrieved 1 June 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
- Davies, Rod (28 December 1965). "Boxing". Sports Argus. p. 2. Retrieved 1 June 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
- Arnold, Charles (1970). Mick McManus, ed. The Mick McManus Wrestling Book. Pelham Books. ISBN 0720703344.
- "World-Wide Wrestling". Sports Argus. 2 January 1965. p. 2. Retrieved 1 June 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
- Obituary for Roach. 'The Guardian', 19 July 2004. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2004/jul/19/broadcasting.guardianobituaries
- The Stunts of Indiana Jones (2003; DVD). Paramount Pictures.
- "Pat Roach". The Telegraph. July 19, 2004.
- "Pat Roach Biography". okieshadow. Archived from the original on April 21, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
- "Nostalgia: Birmingham's Pat Roach and Auf Wiedersehen Pet". Birmingham Mail.