Francis Patrick Roach (19 May 1937 – 17 July 2004) was an English actor, and professional wrestler. During an acting career between the 1970s and the 1990s, he appeared in multiple films, usually cast as a support player strongman villain. He appeared in the Indiana Jones film series, as the West Country bricklayer Brian "Bomber" Busbridge in the 1980s British television series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and in the role of Petty Officer Edgar Evans in the television production The Last Place on Earth.
Francis Patrick Roach
19 May 1937
|Died||17 July 2004 (aged 67)|
|Occupation||Actor, wrestler, author, businessman|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Television||Auf Wiedersehen, Pet|
He began his professional wrestling career under the name of "Judo" Pat Roach. After his acting career had begun, he continued to wrestle under the name of "Bomber" Pat Roach, having previously been billed as "Big" Pat Roach before receiving affectionate cheering from the audience. He was trained by Alf Kent, his first official wrestling match was against George Selko in 1960. Roach held both the British and European heavyweight championships at one time.
Roach made his acting debut as the red-bearded bouncer in the Korova Milkbar in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. He worked on another Kubrick film, Barry Lyndon, where he played a hand-to-hand brawler named Toole who engages Ryan O'Neal in fistfight. Roach went on to play a number of strong-man supporting character roles in films in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, including the nonspeaking role of Hephaestus in Clash of the Titans alongside Laurence Olivier.
Pat cameoed as a SPECTRE assassin in the 'unofficial' James Bond film Never Say Never Again, and as bandit-warlord Lord Brytag in the sword-and-sorcery film Red Sonja. He appeared as the skull-helmeted General Kael in the film Willow; the evil wizard Thoth-Amon in Conan the Destroyer and as the Celtic chieftain in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
In an alternative from playing strongman villains, in 1985 he played Petty Officer Edgar Evans in the Central TV miniseries The Last Place on Earth about Captain Scott's expedition to the South Pole. Roach was turned down as Darth Vader in Star Wars; however, its director, George Lucas, subsequently cast him as several burly villains in the Indiana Jones film series in the 1980s. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, he played two roles: the first being a giant Sherpa who fights Jones in the bar in Nepal, the second being a German Luftwaffe mechanic who fistfights with Jones before being killed by an aircraft's propeller blades on the airstrip in Egypt. In the next film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Roach played a Thuggee guard in a mine who fights with Jones before being killed in a rock crusher. His final appearance in the series was as a Gestapo officer in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, he appears only briefly as the character's fight with Jones was cut because director Steven Spielberg considered the scene "too long" and served as a subplot.
Roach is best known for the playing the down to earth and easy going Brian "Bomber" Busbridge in the long running comedy-drama Auf Wiedersehen Pet, as a West Country bricklayer who appeared in four of the five series.
Roach married Doreen Harris in 1957, the marriage producing a son and a daughter.
|1971||A Clockwork Orange||Milkbar Bouncer||Film debut, Uncredited|
|1975||Barry Lyndon||Corporal Toole|
|1979||Unidentified Flying Oddball||Oaf|
|1980||Rising Damp||Rugby Player|
|1981||The Monster Club||Great Uncle||Uncredited|
|Raiders of the Lost Ark||Giant Sherpa / 1st Mechanic|
|Clash of the Titans||Hephaestus|
|1983||Never Say Never Again||Lippe|
|1984||Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom||Chief Guard|
|Conan the Destroyer||Man Ape / Toth-Amon|
|1989||The Return of the Musketeers||French Executioner|
|Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade||Gestapo|
|1990||Wings of Fame|
|The Big Man||Billy|
|1991||Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves||Celtic Chieftain|
|1996||The Portrait of a Lady||Strongman|
|1997||Kull the Conqueror||Zulcki|
|2003||Crust||The Bull||Final film|
|1983–1986, 2002–2004||Auf Wiedersehen, Pet||Brian "Bomber" Busbridge|
|1985||Minder||Painter||Episode: Return Of The Invincible Man|
|The Last Place on Earth||Edgar Evans||Miniseries|
|1989||Casualty||Len||Episode: Chain Reaction|
|1991||The Storyteller: Greek Myths||Atlas||Miniseries|
|1995||The Bill||Reg Warren||Episode: Swan Song|
|1996||Heartbeat||The Masked Marvel||Episode: Thanks to Alfred|
|2001||Starhunter||Goran||Episode: Cell Game|
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Premier Promotions|Premier Wrestling Federation
- Ken Joyce Trophy (1992)
- If, Brewin Books (co-written childhood autobiography)
- Pat Roach's Birmingham, Brewin Books (2004)
- "In Remembrance: Pat Roach". The Guardian.
- "Pat Roach". The Independent.
- "Roach Family Tree". Ancestry.com - pay to view.
- "Judo at Kyrle Hall". Sports Argus. 11 November 1967. p. 8. Retrieved 1 June 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.(subscription required)
- Davies, Rod (28 December 1965). "Boxing". Sports Argus. p. 2. Retrieved 1 June 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.(subscription required)
- Arnold, Charles (1970). Mick McManus (ed.). The Mick McManus Wrestling Book. Pelham Books. ISBN 0720703344.
- "World-Wide Wrestling". Sports Argus. 2 January 1965. p. 2. Retrieved 1 June 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.(subscription required)
- "Obituary for Roach". The Guardian. 19 July 2004.
- The Stunts of Indiana Jones (2003; DVD). Paramount Pictures.
- "Pat Roach". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. 19 July 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
- "Pat Roach Biography". okieshadow. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Cancer claims life of actor Pat Roach". The Scotsman. JPIMedia Ltd. 18 July 2004. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
- Bentley, David (17 July 2014). "Nostalgia: Birmingham's Pat Roach and Auf Wiedersehen Pet". Birmingham Mail. Reach plc. Retrieved 25 May 2019.