Tim Rossovich, USC and Philadelphia Eagles Star Turned Actor, Dies at 72

Tim Rossovich, the colorful defensive end and linebacker who starred at Southern Cal and with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles before becoming an actor, has died.

Six-foot-4 and 245 pounds in his prime, Rossovich got started in Hollywood by doing stunts on the 1978 Burt Reynolds film Hooper .

He later showed up on other shows including Matt Houston , Hart to Hart , The A-Team , Remington Steele , The Fall Guy , The New Mike Hammer , Hunter , MacGyver , Jake and the Fatman and Baywatch and on the big screen in The Long Riders (1980), Looker (1981), Night Shift (1982) and The Sting II (1983).

NFL Films profiled him in 1971 in a 25-minute featurette, "The New Breed," with narrator John Facenda calling him "the first football hero of the Aquarius generation."

At the time, Rossovich rarely got a haircut, had a bushy mustache and lived in Manhattan Beach, California.

Survivors include his wife, Lauren; his daughter, Jaime; his father, Frank; his brother, Rick Rossovich, also an actor; and two sisters.

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