Biography

Charles J. Kalani Jr. (January 6, 1930 – August 22, 2000) was an American professional wrestler, professional boxer, college football player, soldier, actor, and martial artist who, in fighting rings, was also known as Professor Toru Tanaka, or simply Professor Tanaka. He also taught martial arts in Dallas,Texas. His skills were taught to young men with potential for football greatness. He was located directly across from Southern Methodist University. His students included many All American football players including David Randle. Randle’s training began on his 5th birthday. Randle went on to become one of the most awarded high school football players in Texas history. After high school he played at SMU for one season in 1981. He then transferred to UCLA, where he was part of 2 Rose Bowl victories in 1983 and 1984. Randle always honored Professor Tanaka with the most important influence in the football techniques he used his entire life. (Wikipedia)

Charles J. Kalani Jr. (January 6, 1930 – August 22, 2000) was an American professional wrestler, professional boxer, college football player, soldier, actor, and martial artist who, in fighting rings, was also known as Professor Toru Tanaka, or simply Professor Tanaka. He also taught martial arts in Dallas,Texas. His skills were taught to young men with potential for football greatness. He was located directly across from Southern Methodist University. His students included many All American football players including David Randle. Randle’s training began on his 5th birthday. Randle went on to become one of the most awarded high school football players in Texas history. After high school he played at SMU for one season in 1981. He then transferred to UCLA, where he was part of 2 Rose Bowl victories in 1983 and 1984. Randle always honored Professor Tanaka with the most important influence in the football techniques he used his entire life. (Wikipedia)

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 25

Birthday 1930-01-06

Day of Death 2000-08-22

Place of Birth Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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Also Known As

  • Charles J. Kalani
  • Professor Tanaka

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1992 3 Ninjas as Rushmore
1991 Alligator 2 - The Mutation as Tokyo Joe
1991 Deadly Game as Ikiru-Sun
1991 The Perfect Weapon as Tanaka
1990 Martial Law as Jimmy Kong
1990 Darkman as Chinese Warrior #2
1990 Secret Agent 00 Soul
1989 Black Rain as Sugai's Man
1989 Hyper Space as Android
1988 Dead Heat as Butcher
1987 The Running Man as Subzero
1987 Catch the Heat as Dozu
1986 Shanghai Surprise as Yamagani San
1986 Bad Guys as Lord Percy's Bodyguard
1985 Missing in Action 2: The Beginning as Lao
1984 Airwolf(1 episode) as Bandit King
1983 Revenge of the Ninja as Sumo Servant
1983 Off the Wall as Banzai Wrestler #1
1983 Wizards and Warriors(1 episode)
1983 The A-Team(2 episodes) as Fröbe
1982 Tales of the Gold Monkey(2 episodes)
1982 Modesty Blaise as Akira
1981 The Fall Guy(1 episode)
1981 An Eye for an Eye as The Professor
1974 Little House on the Prairie(1 episode)

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