Woody Strode


Woody Strode Trivia


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    • Woody's son Kalai has worked in Hollywood for years, beginning with Emergency, as an assistant director and he wrote for the movie Winterhawk (1975) as well as performing in The Gatling Gun (1973) as both a stunt archer and Indian extra.

    • Woody's role in Spartacus (1960) had his character dying and his corpse being hung upside down. To achieve this effect, a life-size replica of Woody was made, but when both Woody and director Stanley Kubrick agreed it wasn't convincing enough, Woody had himself tied around his ankles and hoisted in the air for the shot, and he didn't flinch or move while Kubrick filmed the scene.
      The replica itself was saved and was hung inside the entrance for Universal Studios' prop room for several years until being taken down for storage elsewhere.

    • Woody was inducted into the Stuntmen's Hall of Fame.

    • Woody was inducted into the UCLA Hall Of Fame in 1992.

    • Woody had Native American lineage; his mother was a full-blooded Blackfoot.

    • Woody first went into professional football with the Los Angeles Rams in 1946.

    • Woody played in the Canadian Football League in 1948 and 1949, with the Calgary Stampeders.

    • Woody competed as a professional wrestler on television from 1950 to 1955, facing opponents like Gorgeous George.

    • Woody appeared as a "Guest villain" on the Batman series, as the Grand Mogul, with co-star Carolyn Jones of The Addams Family fame playing his partner, Marsha, the Queen of Diamonds.

    • Woody played the King Of Ethiopia in The Ten Commandments (1956).

    • Woody was close friends with director John Ford in the 1960s, being the only person Ford wanted to see regularly when he was dying from cancer.

    • Woody published his autobiography, "Goal Dust," in 1990.

    • Woody received the Golden Boot award in 1987.

    • Woody was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for Spartacus (1960).

    • Woody's first wife, Luana, was a Hawaiian princess who also was a stand-in double for actress Hedy Lamarr in her swimming sequences.

    • Woody was married twice, to Luana Strode from 1941 to her death in 1980, and to Tina Strode, from May 10, 1982 until his death.

    • Woody was the subject of one of 55 nude paintings commissioned for the 1936 Olympics by Adolf Hitler, by American artist Hubert Stowitts. However, the depiction of him as well as other Black and Jewish athletes offended the Nazi government and the exhibit was closed by the notorious Nazi official Alfred Rosenburg.

    • Woody was one of the first four African-American football players who integrated pro football in 1946. The other four were Marion Motley, Ken Washington, and Bill Willis.

    • Woody played the role of Draba, the gladiator, as well as being a physical trainer for Kirk Douglas in Spartacus (1960).

    • Woody was 6 feet 5 inches tall.

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