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Mike Henry (American football)

Personal information
Birth nameMichael Dennis Henry
Birth dateAugust 15, 1936(age 80)
Place of birthLos Angeles, California, U.S.

Mike Henry (American football)

PositionLinebacker
Number68, 37, 53
Birth DateAugust 15, 1936(age 80)
Los Angeles, California
Debutyear1959
Finalyear1964
Draftyear1958
Draftround9
Draftpick100
CollegeSouthern California
Teams * Pittsburgh Steelers (1959-1961) * Los Angeles Rams (1962-1964)
Stat1labelGames played
Stat1value76
Stat2labelInterceptions
Stat2value9
Stat3labelFumble recoveries
Stat3value6
NflHEN642511
Highlights * No notable achievements

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Michael Dennis "Mike" Henry (born August 15, 1936 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American football linebacker and actor.

Henry's football career as a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1958 1961) and the Los Angeles Rams (1962 1964) led him to be noticed by Warner Bros.

His most prominent role was as Tarzan in three 1960s movies, Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966), Tarzan and the Great River (1967), and Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968), that were all filmed back-to-back in 1965. Henry turned down the lead of the subsequent Tarzan television series, which then went to actor Ron Ely. After leaving the Tarzan series Henry was one of many actors to be under consideration for the title role in the Batman TV series, which was originally to have been done as a straight crime-adventure series before producer William Dozier decided on a more satirical campy format. (The role of Batman ultimately went to Adam West). Henry is also known for playing Jackie Gleason's dim-witted son "Junior" in the Smokey and the Bandit films opposite Burt Reynolds and Sally Field. Henry also portrayed "Sergeant Kowalski" in The Green Berets, and "Lt. Col. Donald Penobscot" in three episodes of the television series M*A*S*H. His last acting roles were on the TV shows Gilmore Girls and Scrubs in the mid 2000s, after which he contracted Parkinson's Disease and retired from acting.




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