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Vale – Roddy Piper

Roddy Piper - 1954-2015
Roddy Piper – 1954-2015

American WWE star, and film actor “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has passed away.

Roddy Piper in John Carpenter's "They Live", 1988
Roddy Piper in John Carpenter’s “They Live”, 1988

Well before Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson transitioned from wrestling to Hollywood, Roddy Piper became known for his “temper” in the professional wrestling ring, and continued his career throughout the 80’s, 90’s, and semi-retirement in the early 2000’s. Piper would return to wresting in the mid-2000’s, and continued with his appearances until his passing.

Piper’s acting career took off when he starred in John Carpenter’s They Live, in 1988, which gave him cult status and an enduring pop-icon legacy. Other film appearances include Hell Comes To Frogtown, Immortal Combat, Terminal Rush, Blind Eye, and more recently Pizza Man and Black Dynamite Teaches A Hard Way!.

A regular recurring role on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia accompanied a variety of guest appearances on the small screen, including episodes of The Outer Limits, Highlander, Cold Case, Storage Wars (as himself), and the television reunion movie of The Love Boat.

Roddy Piper passed away on July 31st. He was 61.

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  1. I just saw a tribute video WWE did to start RAW. One of the last pics they showed was one of Roddy w/ Dusty Rhodes. That killed me. Dusty was one thing but Roddy really hurts. He was one of the great bad guys that you could cheer for. Plus, no one will ever take away the fact that he starred in one of the greatest cult films ever.

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Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman. As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney's love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

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