See also: USA Today report of death
Actor Robert Z'Dar was a massive man with the gigantic chin best known for the cult film series Maniac Cop.
Born Robert J. Zdarsky in Chicago, the 6-foot-2 actor was featured in more than 121 films, including cult classics like the first three Maniac Cop films, Soultaker, The Final Sanction and Samurai Cop (the sequel to which Z'Dar had been set to join immediately after Pensacon). He also enjoyed roles in mainstream hits such as Tango & Cash and TV roles on Growing Pains and the 1990 series The Flash.
Instantly recognizable for his large face and jutting jaw, his fanbase grew when two of his films, Soultaker and Future War, were lampooned on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
He died Monday, March 30, 2015 in Pensacola after being hospitalized when he came to town to appear at Pensacon, according to his long-time manager and friend Jim Decker. He was 64.
Sci-fi Convention Guest Appearances
- Pensacon 2015 - February 27 - March 1, 2015 in Pensacola, FL
- Pensacon 2014 - February 21-23, 2014 in Pensacola, FL
- Wizard World Chicago 2003 - August 8-10, 2003 in Rosemont, IL