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Burly professional football player noted for his aggressive, hard-hitting style as a defensive lineman on the field, and for an equally tough line of talk ("I don't think there's a man in America who can take me") off the field. Alzado leavened his growling with an occasional touch of humor in his modest film appearances and TV guest spots, but always boldly proclaimed his "hit hard, hit first" approach to sports and showbiz alike. Alzado was diagnosed with brain cancer in the early 1990s and became convinced that his use of steroids and growth hormones for nearly 20 years had caused his illness. He spent his last days, looking tired, drawn, and 120 pounds lighter than his 300-pound peak, warning body-conscious teenagers about the evils of "dream" drugs.
Cast (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Named defensive player of the year
Traded to the Cleveland Browns
Feature acting debut, "The Double McGuffin"
TV-movie debut, "The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite"
Joined the Los Angeles Raiders
Returned to features with "Ernest Goes to Camp"
TV series debut, "Learning the Ropes"
Appeared as a regular in the children series, "Super Mario Bros. Super Show"
Final TV appearance, "The Fourth Man"
Final film appearance, "Neon City"