Mike Henry, USC and NFL linebacker and later actor in the Tarzan movies of the 1960s and Smokey and the bandit movies, died.
Henry died at the age of 84 in Burbank, California on January 8, Chronic traumatic encephalopathy and Parkinson’s disease, according to social media posts.
Henry played football for the University of Southern California and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1958. He moved to the Los Angeles Rams in 1962 and was noticed by a Warner Bros. producer. he was subsequently cast as Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, in three films: Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966), Tarzan and the Great River (1967) and Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968).
His run as lord of the jungle ended after being bitten by a chimpanzee during filming.
Henry entered another franchise in 1977, playing Junior, the son of Jackie Gleason’s Sheriff Buford T. Justice, in Smokey and the bandit. He reprized the role in the film’s sequels in 1981 and 1983.
Among Henry’s other film roles included appearances in Skyjacked (1972), Soylent Green (1973) and The longest yard (1974). His TV credits included roles on M * A * S * H, general hospital and Fantasy Island.
No information was immediately available on survivors or a memorial service.