Tiny Ron Taylor

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Tiny Ron Taylor
Ronald Taylor

(1947-11-21) November 21, 1947 (age 71)
Occupation Film, television actor

Ronald "Tiny Ron" Taylor (born November 21, 1947) is an American film actor and former basketball player. He is possibly best known as Lothar in The Rocketeer (1991) and as Roc in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), roles that exploited his 7 ft (2.13 m) frame and craggy features. He also played Al, the tall police detective whose face is never seen, in The Naked Gun (1988) and on the TV series Police Squad!. He has also appeared on television, including seven episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Hupyrian manservant Maihar'du, and two episodes of Star Trek: Voyager as the Hirogen alpha Idrin.

Taylor was born in Torrance, California. He attended North Torrance High School and graduated from the University of Southern California.[1]

Sports career

Ron Taylor
Personal information
Born (1947-11-21) November 21, 1947 (age 71)
Torrance, California
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
College USC
NBA draft 1969 / Round: 2 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career 1969–1972
Position Center
Number 5, 22
Career history
1969 Washington Caps
1969–1970 New York Nets
1970–1971 Virginia Squires
1971–1972 Pittsburgh Condors
Career statistics
Points 371 (4.8 ppg)
Rebounds 294 (3.8 rpg)
Assists 68 (0.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Taylor was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the 1969 NBA Draft, but never played in the NBA, instead playing in the American Basketball Association. He played for four teams from 1969 to 1972: the New York Nets and Washington Caps (1969–70); the Virginia Squires (1970–71); and the Pittsburgh Condors (1971–72). He played 75 of his 77 career games in his first season, 72 of them for the Nets. He scored 371 total points (4.8 ppg), 294 total rebounds (3.8 rpg), and 68 assists (0.9 apg). He also played some basketball in Austria before deciding to be an actor.[2][3]

Acting career

When Taylor applied to the Screen Actors Guild, he learned that the name "Ron Taylor" was already in use by another actor. His acting teacher suggested he use "Tiny Ron", figuring that in a niche category populated by actors with such screen names as "André the Giant," the name "Tiny Ron" would stand out.



  1. ^ Crowe, Jerry (4 December 2006). "The story arc of his life has some real hooks to it". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  2. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/t/tayloro01.html
  3. ^ Draft profile

External links

  • Tiny Ron on IMDb
  • Profile at ABWAG, which he founded.

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