Professor Toru Tanaka (1930–2000)

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Built like the proverbial Patton tank, Professor Toru Tanaka was arguably the successor to Harold Sakata as the archetypal Asian henchman who possessed incredible strength, and clobbered those foolish enough to tangle with him. Born Charles Kalani, he was a successful wrestler and served for over ten years in the US Armed Forces attaining the rank... See full bio »

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 1995 Hard Justice (Video)
Cookie (uncredited)
 1993 Last Action Hero
Tough Asian Man
 1992 3 Ninjas
Rushmore (as Toru Tanaka)
 1991 Life Goes On (TV Series)
Sumo Wrestler #1
- The Smell of Fear (1991) ... Sumo Wrestler #1
 1991 Deadly Game (TV Movie)
 1991 Alligator II: The Mutation
Wrestler, Tokyo Joe
 1991 The Perfect Weapon
 1990 Dragnet (TV Series)
- Queen of Hearts (1990) ... Professor
 1990 Martial Law (Video)
Jimmy Kong
 1990 Darkman
Chinese Warrior #2 (as Prof. Toru Tanaka)
 1989 Black Rain
Sugai's Man
 1989 Hyper Space
 1989 Tax Season
 1988 Wilder Westen inclusive (TV Mini-Series)
Man in Chinatown alley
- 3. Teil (1988) ... Man in Chinatown alley
 1988 Police Story: Monster Manor (TV Movie)
Sumo Wrestler
 1988 The Tracey Ullman Show (TV Series)
Sumo Wrestler
- Episode #3.1 (1988) ... Sumo Wrestler
 1988 Dead Heat
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
- Consilum Abditum (1987) ... Phil (uncredited)
 1987 The Running Man
 1987 Catch the Heat
 1984-1987 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Carswell / Choy Pang
- Body Shot (1987) ... Carswell
- The Deadly Prey (1984) ... Choy Pang
 1986 Best of the WWF Volume 7 (Video)
Professor Toru Tanaka
 1986 Tag Team Champions (Video)
Professor Toru Tanaka
 1984-1986 The A-Team (TV Series)
Fröbe / Ling, the Bodyguard
- The Spy Who Mugged Me (1986) ... Fröbe
- The Maltese Cow (1984) ... Ling, the Bodyguard
 1986 The Wizard (TV Series)
- Twist of Fate (1986)
 1986 Shanghai Surprise
Yamagani San
 1986 Bad Guys
Lord Percy's Bodyguard
 1985 Best of the WWF Volume 2 (Video)
Professor Toru Tanaka
 1985 Volunteers
Sumo Guard
 1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Butler (as prof. Toru Tanaka)
 1985 Double Dare (TV Series)
 1985 Night Court (TV Series)
- Battling Bailiff (1985) ... Wrestler (uncredited)
 1984 Airwolf (TV Series)
Bandit King
- Once a Hero (1984) ... Bandit King
 1984 Chattanooga Choo Choo
 1983 Revenge of the Ninja
Sumo Servant (as Prof. Toru Tanaka)
 1983 Off the Wall
Banzai Wrestler #1
 1983 Wizards and Warriors (TV Series)
Baaldorf's Aide
- The Rescue (1983) ... Baaldorf's Aide
 1982-1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series)
Sumo Wrestler #1 / Hito
- Cooked Goose (1983) ... Sumo Wrestler #1
- The Late Sarah White (1982) ... Hito
 1982 Modesty Blaise (TV Movie)
 1982 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Japanese Sumo
- Alden's Dilemma (1982) ... Japanese Sumo
 1982 Bring 'Em Back Alive (TV Series)
- Wilmer Bass and the Serengeti Kid (1982) ... Fangtok
 1982 Gavilan (TV Series)
- By the Sword (1982) ... Hiro
 1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
- Forget Me Not/The Quiz Masters (1982) ... Magog
 1981 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Big Guy
- Japanese Connection (1981) ... Big Guy
 1981 An Eye for an Eye
The Professor
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Appears in the David Lee Roth's 80s music video for Just a Gigolo

Alternate Names:

Prof. Toru Tanaka | Toru Tanaka | prof. Toru Tanaka


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Tanaka appeared in the 1980s 'Just a Gigolo' music video by artist David Lee Roth. See more »


As a wrestler, was notorious for throwing salt into the eyes of his opponents.

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