Tyler Mane

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Tyler Mane
Mane in 2014
Daryl Karolat[1]

(1966-12-08) December 8, 1966 (age 56)[2]
Occupation(s)Actor, professional wrestler
Years active1992–present (actor)
1986–1999 (wrestler)
Jean Goertz
(m. 1988; div. 2003)
(m. 2007)
Ring name(s)Big Sky[2]
Darryl Karolet[2]
Giant Steele[2]
Gully Gaspar[2]
Sky High Lee[2]
Sky High Walker[2]
The Skywalker[2]
'Sky' Walker[3]
Skywalker Nitron[2]
Tyler Mane[2]
Billed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)[2]
Billed weight295 lb (134 kg)[2]
Trained byMando Guerrero[1]
Red Bastien[1]
Stu Hart[1]

Daryl Karolat (born December 8, 1966) is a Canadian actor and retired professional wrestler, better known by the name Tyler Mane. He is known for playing Sabretooth in X-Men, Ajax in Troy, and Michael Myers in the remake of Halloween and its sequel Halloween II. He appeared as supervillain Blackstar in the 2021 Netflix limited series Jupiter's Legacy.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan he graduated from City Park Collegiate Institute.[4] As a teenager, Karolat travelled to Calgary, where he trained briefly with Stu Hart. He later began training with Red Bastien in 1986, and completed further training with Mando Guerrero.[1] Mane began his career in 1986 under the name "Skywalker Nitron" in his native Canada. In 1987 he wrestled as Skyhigh Lee in Pacific Northwest Wrestling (Portland), billed from California.

In 1987, he wrestled in South Africa, which resulted in an invitation to wrestle for Joint Promotions in the United Kingdom, where he arrived in November.[1] Billed as "'Sky' Walker" he appeared in one match on ITV, a disqualification loss to Pat Roach.[3] His furious reaction to the referee's decision was later incorporated into the standalone wrestling show's title sequence.

The following year, he toured New Japan Pro-Wrestling[1] as "Gully Gaspar", alongside Billy and Barry as a bunch of hockey-masked pirates managed by KY Wakamatsu. He could also be seen in WCW occasionally as the bodyguard of the tag team Doom along with Woman late in 1989, specifically Starrcade 1989.[5]

In 1990, Karolat began wrestling in Puerto Rico and toured with All Japan Pro Wrestling,[1] where he participated in the World's Strongest Tag Determination League. He then joined the Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre.[1]

In 1993, he signed with World Championship Wrestling,[1] under the name "Big Sky" and teamed with Vinnie Vegas. After Vegas left WCW to become Diesel in the WWF, Mane was left in limbo and left WCW by the end of the year. In 1994, he joined Herb Abrams' Universal Wrestling Federation and became the only UWF MGM Grand Champion, defeating Steve Ray to win the vacant title. After Abrams' death and eventual dissolving of the UWF in 1996, Mane retired.[citation needed]

Film and television career[edit]

In 1992, during his time within Mexico with Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, Mane made his film debut in Luchadores de las Estrellas playing the villain of the movie, El Vampiro Interespacial.[1] While part of WCW, he auditioned for and received a part in the television series Smokey and the Bandit.[1]

After retiring from wrestling, he appeared in numerous films, including X-Men as Sabretooth,[6] How to Make a Monster as Hardcore,[7] Joe Dirt,[8] The Scorpion King,[9] Troy as Ajax,[10] Hercules as Antaeus,[11] and The Devil's Rejects in the uncredited role of Rufus.[12] The role of Sabretooth was initially intended for Kevin Nash (Mane's former wrestling tag team partner) but was awarded to Mane due to Nash's scheduling conflicts.[13]

In 2007, he played Michael Myers in Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween.[14] After winning the role, he noted that he consecutively watched seven of the eight Halloween films (excluding the third because Michael Myers does not appear apart from in an ad for the first movie) to better understand his character.[15] He is the tallest actor (6' 8") to portray the character.[16][inconsistent] In 2009, he reprised the role again in Rob Zombie's H2, being only the second actor to play Michael Myers more than once, and the first actor to play the role in consecutive films.[17]

In 2010, he and his wife launched their own production company: Mane Entertainment. Their first feature, Compound Fracture, was released in 2013.[18][19]

In 2016, Tyler co-starred in Fuzz on the Lens Productions comedy/fantasy film Abnormal Attraction, reuniting with Malcolm McDowell (Halloween), Leslie Easterbrook (Compound Fracture) and his wife Renae Geerlings.[20]

In 2019 Mane co-starred in the comedy Playing with Fire alongside fellow professional wrestler John Cena.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Mane was previously married to Jean Goertz from 1988 to 2003. He married actress Renae Geerlings in 2007.[1]



Year Title Role Director Notes
1992 Luchadores de las estrellas El Vampiro Interespacial Rodolfo Lopezreal & Fabián Arnaud (uncredited) Also known as Starfighters
2000 X-Men Victor Creed / Sabretooth Bryan Singer
2001 Joe Dirt Bondi Dennie Gordon
2002 The Scorpion King Barbarian Chieftain Chuck Russell Uncredited
Black Mask 2: City of Masks Thorn Tsui Hark Voiced by Louis Koo in the Cantonese dub version
2003 Red Serpent Tyler Gina Tanasescu
2004 Troy Ajax Wolfgang Petersen
2005 The Devil's Rejects Rufus "RJ" Firefly, Jr. Rob Zombie
2007 Halloween Michael Myers
2009 Halloween II
2010 Gunless Jack William Phillips
2011 247°F Wade Levan Bakhia & Beqa Jguburia
2013 Prey: The Light in the Dark Prey Mike Grier Short film
Devil May Call John Reed Smith Jason Cuadrado
2014 Compound Fracture Michael Wolffsen Anthony J. Rickert-Epstein Also writer and producer
2015 Take 2: The Audition Hal Wolfe Rob Hawk
2017 Check Point Deputy Stacks Thomas J. Churchill Also associate producer
Victor Crowley Bernard Adam Green
2018 Abnormal Attraction Bernie 'the Cyclops' Michael Leavy
2019 The Silent Natural Tommy McCarthy David Risotto
Miracle in East Texas Thurman Dial Kevin Sorbo Also known as East Texas Oil
Playing with Fire Axe Andy Fickman
2020 Bring Me a Dream The Sandman Chase Smith
Penance Lane Crimson Matthews Péter Engert Also producer
Entrenchment Andrew Woodsman Deven Parrish
TBA Dead North Bear Fabrizio Livigni Short film
Psychosis Jared McLaren Jessica Soss & Paul Stevans Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Party of Five Mr. Mayhem Episode: "Wrestling Demons"
2000-2002 Son of the Beach Adolf Manson 2 episodes
2001 How to Make a Monster Hardcore Television film
V.I.P. Himself Episode: "South by Southwest"
2005 Hercules Antaeus Miniseries
2006 Monk Dirk - Motorcycle Rider Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward"
My Boys Doorman Episode: "Take One for the Team"
2007 07 Spaceys Himself Television film
2010 Shooting Gunless
2011 Awkward Embraces The Bagel Guy Episode: "The Accountant"
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness Michael Myers Episode: "Halloween Remakes"
Archive footage
2011-2012 Chopper Chopper / Jeremiah Carver Web series; 7 episodes
2014 The Librarians Minotaur Episode: "And the Horns of a Dilemma"
2017 Midnight, Texas Faceless Supernatural Episode: "Last Temptation of Midnight"
2018 Half Untold Bayonne Episode: "Pilot"
2021 Knight's End Unknown Episode: "Veritatis"
Jupiter's Legacy Blackstar Recurring role; 5 episodes
2022 Doom Patrol Richard Brinke / Torminox Episode: "Casey Patrol"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 X-Men: The Official Game Victor Creed / Sabretooth

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Twiztid: "Boogieman" The Boogeyman
Slayer: "Repentless" Tyler
2019 Slayer: "The Repentless Killogy" Collection of narrative music videos

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Smith, Caleb (April 30, 2014). "Tyler Mane's movie career all started with wrestling". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Cagematch profile".
  3. ^ a b "1988: 2/1/88 (King George's Hall, Blackburn, taped 25/11/87)". ITVWrestling.co.uk. Retrieved April 27, 2022.
  4. ^ Tyler Mane at The Saskatoon Expo Sep 21, 2014
  5. ^ Adamson, Matt (February 8, 2008). "Going Old School: Starrcade '89". 411Mania. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  6. ^ "Why Tyler Mane Didn't Play Sabretooth Again In X-Men Origins: Wolverine". CINEMABLEND. March 18, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "Tyler Mane – Second Chances Can Be A Killer On Penance Lane". ScareTissue. December 17, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  8. ^ Ralph, Steve. "Q&A: Tyler Mane talks about being Michael Myers". Holland Sentinel. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Tyler Mane during "The Scorpion King" Premiere at Universal..." Getty Images. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  10. ^ krist (August 6, 2019). "Mythical hero portrayed by Tyler Mane in Troy". DailyAnswers.net. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "'Hercules' aims low and delivers". Los Angeles Times. May 16, 2005. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  12. ^ Blabbermouth (May 8, 2004). "ROB ZOMBIE: 'Devil's Rejects' Casting Change Announced". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "Actors who were almost cast as X-Men". Looper. 9 June 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  14. ^ "What it's like to Reinvent Michael Myers, from the Guy Who Did It in the 'Halloween' Reboot". EW.com. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  15. ^ EXCL: Tyler Mane on Halloween. ShockTillYouDrop.com (August 5, 2007). Retrieved on 2013-03-30.
  16. ^ Rob Zombies Halloween Vision. Moviesonline.ca (October 25, 1978). Retrieved on 2013-03-30.
  17. ^ "A Better Look at Michael Myers' New Mask in H2". /Film. April 29, 2009. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  18. ^ "Tyler Mane and Renae Geerlings Talk "Compound Fracture", Music, and More | Mane Entertainment". Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  19. ^ "Tyler Mane, Derek Mears Collide in Compound Fracture on DVD". ComingSoon.net. May 1, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  20. ^ Abnormal Attraction, retrieved November 21, 2018
  21. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (19 December 2019). "Playing With Fire review – firefighters v kids comedy fails to ignite". The Guardian. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  22. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Real World Tag League 1990 « Tournaments Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  23. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Awards « Big Sky « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  24. ^ "UWF MGM Grand Championship history".

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