Roy Jenson

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Roy Jenson
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Jenson as Woody in Every Which Way but Loose
Born (1927-02-09)February 9, 1927
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Died April 24, 2007(2007-04-24) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1951–1999
Spouse(s) Barbara Dionysius (3 children)
Marina Petrowa (1964–2007; his death)
Children Martin Jensen
Morgan Jensen
Sasha Jenson (b. 1964)
Roy Jenson
Career information
Position(s) G, LB
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg)
College UCLA
Career history
As player
1951–55 Calgary Stampeders
1956–57 BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1954

Roy Jenson (February 9, 1927 – April 24, 2007) was a Canadian American actor.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Calgary, Alberta, he moved to Los Angeles with his family as a child. He joined the U.S. Navy and then graduated from UCLA where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.[1] He then became a professional Canadian football player for the Calgary Stampeders and the BC Lions from 1951 through 1957.[2]

He guest starred on NBC's television series Daniel Boone during the fourth season (1968–1969); however, he is remembered by many as the first man beaten up by Caine on the television show Kung Fu (1972), for his appearance in the Star Trek episode "The Omega Glory" and as the villain Puddler in Harper, he worked frequently in television in the '70s and '80s. He also appeared in episodes 11 and 12 of Batman in 1966, was the English newspaper printer in Season 5, Episode 136-2 of Bonanza, appeared in an episode of The Silent Force in 1970, and in 1976 guest-starred in an episode of Gibbsville.

A prolific character actor, he appeared in such films as The Missouri Traveler, Warlock, 13 Ghosts, How the West Was Won, Waterhole No. 3, Our Man Flint, Big Jake, Harper, Bustin' Loose, Soylent Green, The Getaway, The Way We Were, The Outfit and Chinatown.

He also worked frequently with directors John Milius (Dillinger, The Wind and the Lion, Red Dawn) and Clint Eastwood (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, The Gauntlet, Every Which Way but Loose, Any Which Way You Can, Honkytonk Man), as well as actor Geoffrey Lewis.[3]

Jenson died of cancer in Los Angeles, California, aged 80.[4] His son is actor Sasha Jenson.

Credited filmography[edit]