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Robert Z'Dar passed away (June 3, 1950 - March 30, 2015)



He appeared in more than 100 films in his lifetime

Robert Z’Dar, the cult-film actor best known for his work in the Maniac Cop series, died Monday at age 64 after being hospitalized in Pensacola, Fla.

Z’Dar, who was recovering from chest pains when he went into cardiac arrest, was in town to for Pensacon, the city’s comic convention, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

“We talked every day,” longtime manager Jim Decker tells the Journal. “We’ve been together through thick and thin. He was the first actor I took on in my career as an agent. We spent many weekends on the road together and a lot of time enjoying each other’s company. I miss him dearly.”

The man born Robert J. Zdarsky appeared in 121 films, at least one movie annually for 27 out of the past 29 years. In addition to the three Maniac Cop films, he also appeared in Mobsters, Tango & Cash, Soultaker and The Final Sanction. He had TV roles on Growing Pains and The Flash. Z’dar was recognizable due to his prominent chin, which often scored him roles as villains.

Prior to becoming an actor, Z’Dar was on Arizona State University’s football team, played in a band called Nova Express and worked as a Chippendales dancer, Decker said. Z’Dar was due to film Samurai Cop 2, the sequel to the 1991 movie.
I've actually never seen a film w/ him. I just know of him cuz of you guys.

Never cared to learn why he had a massive jaw. It's called Cherubism. Very interesting thing. Some fucked up forms of it. *shudder*

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Tango and Cash and Maniac Cop 2.
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Fuck. I've actually only seen Tango and Cash once. And I really don't remember it.
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They'll never be another mug like his.
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Damn. Another mainstay from my childhood.
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Fuck. I've actually only seen Tango and Cash once. And I really don't remember it.
The thumbnail you used is from T&C.
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Re: Robert Z'Dar passed away (June 3, 1950 - March 30, 2015)

That guy was weird-looking. And he was a Chippendales dancer?
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Re: Robert Z'Dar passed away (June 3, 1950 - March 30, 2015)

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The thumbnail you used is from T&C.
Ha. I'm guessing that was the prison bit? I slept through that bit. Oddly enough I was up for the shower scene.
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Ha. I'm guessing that was the prison bit? I slept through that bit. Oddly enough I was up for the shower scene.
Yep. He's actually featured in the film quite a bit. Hell, he's in the opening action chase, too.
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Little-known fact, but the term "lantern jaw" was coined with him in mind.
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I know he was sick for quite awhile. Still pretty sad to hear. RIP.
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Oddly enough I was up for the shower scene.


Like Al Leong, James Lew, and the Wilhelm Scream, once you know what to look for you'll start noticing him in loads of movies you've seen a million times before.
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Al Leong. That man was a part of my childhood movie experience.
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Little known fact: in many of his recent projects, Z'Dar was credited as "Rumer Willis".
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Watched him kinda recently on a couple films that MST3K riffed on: Soultaker and Future War. RIP
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Little known fact: in many of his recent projects, Z'Dar was credited as "Rumer Willis".

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