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Joe Robinson (actor)

Joe Robinson
Joe Robinson as Thor in Thor and the Amazon Women
Born (1927-05-31) 31 May 1927
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England
Occupation Actor, stuntman

Joe Robinson (born 31 May 1927) is an English actor and stuntman born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. His brother is also a stuntman and actor, Doug Robinson[1] The Robinsons were a famous family of wrestlers, Joe's father and grandfather were world champions.


  • Career 1
    • Professional wrestling 1.1
    • Acting 1.2
    • Retirement 1.3
  • In wrestling 2
  • Select filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Professional wrestling

Robinson initially embarked on a career in wrestling as 'Tiger Joe Robinson' and won the European Heavyweight Championship in 1952. At the same time, he was also interested in acting and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After injuring his back wrestling in Paris he decided to concentrate on acting.[2] Joe Robinson's daughter Polly Robinson (Hardy-Stewart) has also continued the family's success in martial arts by winning the junior Judo championships in the 1980s.


Robinson's first role came in the keep-fit documentary Fit as a Fiddle and in the same year, 1952, he followed it up with a part as Harry 'Muscles' Green in the musical Wish You Were Here in the West End of London.

He made his film debut in 1955's Gongman.


He is now retired and living in Brighton where he opened a martial arts centre. In 1998 he hit the headlines after fighting off a gang of eight muggers single-handedly. The 70-year-old was getting off a bus in Cape Town when the gang struck with baseball bats and knives. 6 ft 2 ins Joe poleaxed two with flying kicks, karate-chopped another in the chest and broke the arm of a fourth, while the rest fled.

Reminiscing about his career in the Daily Mail recently, Robinson spoke on the subject of Laurence Olivier's alleged homosexuality saying 'my kids used to play with his kids at school and I taught him judo ... I have no idea if he was a homosexual... but he did once tell me I had lovely shoulders.'

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

Select filmography


  1. ^ IMDb profile
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^

External links

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