Bill Radovich

William Alex Radovich (June 24, 1915 – March 6, 2002) was a National Football League guard and "tough guy" on film. Also, he is the first NFL player to file suit against the league.

Bill Radovich
Born:(1915-06-24)June 24, 1915
Chicago, Illinois
Died:March 6, 2002(2002-03-06) (aged 86)
Newport Beach, California
Career information
CFL statusNational
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight270 lb (120 kg)
CollegeSouthern California
Career history
As coach
1949Edmonton Eskimos (Line coach)
As player
1938–1941Detroit Lions
1945Detroit Lions
1946–1947Los Angeles Dons (AAFC)
1949Edmonton Eskimos

College careerEdit

Radovich played college football at the University of Southern California.

Professional careerEdit

Radovich played five seasons in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions. He was named All-Pro twice.

During World War II he served in the US Navy from 1941 to 1945.[1]

He finished his career in the All-America Football Conference with the Los Angeles Dons.

Film careerEdit

When he left his football career behind him he went to play "tough-guy" roles on film. He is best remembered as Moose McCall in Trouble Along the Way, Ogeechuch in The World in His Arms, Eunuch in The Golden Blade, Lagi in Back to God's Country, Hassan in Against All Flags and many other tough character roles.


Personal lifeEdit

Radovich, who never married, is survived by a brother, Walt, and a sister, Gloria Kaye Clinton, both of Palm Springs.

Funeral services were held at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in San Gabriel, California.


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