Mike Mazurki (1950)

Mike Mazurki (1950), originally uploaded by filmwolf.

Born December 25, 1907 in Ternopil, Ukraine, 6'5" Mazurki began his film career in 1934, playing all manner of gangsters, roughnecks and sinister characters, from a Japanese wrestler in the film "Behind The Rising Sun" ('43) to river rat Mike Fink in "Davy Crockett & The River Pirates' ('56) and a wide-variety of TV appearances in the 1960's and 70's (Gilligan's Island, The Beverly Hillbillies and Adam-12, just to name a few.) Toward the end of his career, he even appeared in a music video for the Rod Stewart song "Infatuation", in which he played a gangster's bodyguard who punches Stewart out for following the gangster's girlfriend around. Mazurki later remarked that he received more recognition for that one role than for anything else he'd done in his career.

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