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Swenson with his wife and daughter in 1996.
|Birth name||Robert Alexander Swenson Jr.|
January 5, 1957|
San Antonio, Texas, United States
|Died||August 18, 1997
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Cause of death||Heart failure|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Jeep Swenson
Jeep the Mercenary
The Final Solution
The Ultimate Solution
|Billed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Billed weight||405 lb (184 kg; 28.9 st)|
|Billed from||San Antonio, Texas|
Swenson was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Patricia Maxine (née Wells) and Robert Alexander Swenson Sr. He was married to Erin Hillsman. The couple had a daughter named Kayleigh.
Swenson wrestled for World Class Championship Wrestling in 1987 and 1988 for manager Gary Hart. His main feud was with Bruiser Brody, who was wrestling as the masked "Red River Jack". According to Swenson, he had the largest biceps in the world at that time. He was billed as being from South Africa, although he was an American.
Swenson returned to wrestling for a match at World Championship Wrestling's Uncensored pay-per-view on March 24, 1996. He performed as a member of the "Alliance to End Hulkamania". He was originally named The Final Solution, but following complaints from Jewish organizations to the Turner corporate offices, his character was renamed The Ultimate Solution. WCW claimed they were unaware that The Final Solution was the name Adolf Hitler gave to his plan to destroy the Jews. The Alliance consisted of the Dungeon of Doom, the Four Horsemen, The Ultimate Solution and Z-Gangsta, all working to end Hulk Hogan's career.
Swenson boxed as an amateur middleweight and later had a short career as a professional boxer. He won his first two bouts by knockouts, but his third fight was stopped in round one after he was knocked down twice by Frankie Garcia in his pro debut.
The 6' 4", 405 lb. Swenson appeared as pit fighter "Lugwrench" Perkins in the 1989 Hulk Hogan film No Holds Barred. He also played James Caan's bodyguard Bledsoe in the Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler film Bulletproof, before playing possibly his best known character Bane in the 1997 film Batman & Robin.
On August 18, 1997, Swenson died of heart failure at the UCLA Medical Center. He was 40 years old. Hulk Hogan, Davey Boy Smith, and James Caan gave eulogies at his funeral, which was followed by a final measure of his biceps and cremation.
- The Big Brawl (1980) - Thug (uncredited)
- No Holds Barred (1989) - Lugwrench Perkins
- Bulletproof (1996) - Bledsoe
- Batman & Robin (1997) - Bane
- The Bad Pack (1997) - Missouri Mule (final film role)