Professor Toru Tanaka

Professor Toru Tanaka

  • Born on
    • January 6th, 1930
  • Died on
    • August 22nd, 2000
Was an American professional wrestler, professional boxer, college football player, soldier, actor, and martial artist who, in fighting rings, was also known as Professor Toru Tanaka, or simply Professor Tanaka. He also taught martial arts in Dallas,Texas. His skills were taught to young men with potential for football greatness. He was located directly across from Southern Methodist University. His students included many All American football players including David Randle. Randle’s training began on his 5th birthday. Randle went on to become one of the most awarded high school football players in Texas history. After high school he played at SMU for one season in 1981. He then transferred to UCLA, where he was part of 2 Rose Bowl victories in 1983 and 1984. Randle always honored Professor Tanaka with the most important influence in the football techniques he used his entire life. (Wikipedia)


Acting (15 Credits)

1993Last Action Hero as Tough Asian Man
19923 Ninjas as Rushmore
1991The Perfect Weapon as Tanaka
1991Alligator II: The Mutation as Tokyo Joe
1990Martial Law as Jimmy Kong
1990Darkman as Chinese Warrior #2
1989Black Rain as Sugai's Man
1988Dead Heat as Butcher
1987The Running Man as Subzero
1986Shanghai Surprise as Yamagani San
1985Missing in Action 2: The Beginning as Lao
1985Pee-wee's Big Adventure as Butler
1985Volunteers as Sumo Guard
1983Revenge of the Ninja as Sumo Servant
1981An Eye for an Eye as The Professor


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