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Pat Roach

Pat Roach (May 19, 1937 - July 17, 2004) was an English actor and professional wrestler who appeared in the first three Indiana Jones movies in several roles, generally as physically imposing henchmen who engage Indiana Jones in physical combat. In addition to his work on the Indy series, he portrayed General Kael in Lucasfilm's 1988 production Willow. He also appeared extensively on British television throughout his career, and is perhaps best known to UK audiences as "Bomber" Busbridge in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. He further appeared in multiple productions based on the works of pulp writer Robert E. Howard, with roles in Conan the Destroyer (1984), Red Sonja (1985) and Kull the Conqueror (1997). Roach died of throat cancer in 2004.

His Indy characters include both the big Sherpa and the big German mechanic in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the chief Thuggee guard in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and a Gestapo agent in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

According to the "50 Fascinating Facts About Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" article in Indiana Jones: The Official Magazine 3, Roach played two other characters in Temple of Doom: the gong striker of Club Obi Wan (who was also previously speculated in online discussion to have been fellow wrestler Don Stansauk, aka Hard Boiled Haggarty) and the Thuggee assassin in Indy's room. However, The Complete Making of Indiana Jones identifies the gong striker as having been played by stuntman Bill Reed, who is listed in the film's credits and both Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy have confirmed that Roach did not play any other roles in the film other than the Chief Guard, casting doubt on the accuracy of the article.

Roach's "Big Bad Henchman" role was later fulfilled by Igor Jijikine as Antonin Dovchenko in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and similarly occupied by Olivier Richters as Hauke in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

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