Tough guy Tuesday. Charles J Kalani Jr aka Professor Toru Tanaka (January 6 1930 - August 22 2000). Born in Honolulu Hawaii. Kalani began studying Judo aged 9 and later in life had a pro boxing career.
In 1955 he was drafted into the US Army where he became a sergeant. After leaving in 1966 he moved to California where he ran a Judo and Danzan-ryu Jujitsu academy. The following year he launched his professional wrestling career, this is where he adopted the name Professor Toru Tanaka.
In the 80s Kalani's body couldn't handle the beatings anymore so he moved into the film World. He made a formidable big, bad henchman and overall bad guy. Starring in An Eye for an Eye with Chuck Norris (1981), playing 'Subzero' in The Running Man (1987), Black Rain (1989) and Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) to name a few. When Kalani died in 2000 of heart failure he had a full military funeral.
I always loved seeing him in tv shows and movies because you knew he would be hard to kill. His physical presence and character set him apart. 😎🎬🖤
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