biography

Born Joseph William Robinson Harle in England on May 31, 1927, actor and stuntman Joe Robinson appeared in a number of low-budget crime dramas in the early part of his career, and later acted in a few sword and sandal films in the early 1960s. Prior to entering films, in the early 1950s the 6'2" Robinson professionally wrestled using the name Tiger Joe Robinson. His father and grandfather had also been wrestlers. He was also quite accomplished at judo; along with his brother, Doug Robinson, he taught Goldfinger actress Honor Blackman this self-defense tactic during her tenure on The Avengers. All three were featured in the 1964 publication Honor Blackman's Book of Self-Defence. Robinson has another connection to the James Bond films, as he portrays Peter Franks in Diamonds Are Forever (1971; with Sean Connery and Lana Wood).

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LEFT: Joe Robinson with Honor Blackman. CENTER and RIGHT: Doug Robinson with Honor Blackman

Following a serious back injury in the ring, Robinson decided to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His first credited film appearance was in the comedy A Kid for Two Farthings (1955; with Diana Dors). Robinson portrayed Sam, a wrestler who must defeat Python Macklin, played by Primo Carnera. For the next fifteen years, Robinson acted in films and sometimes worked as a stuntman. His first starring role came in Taur the Mighty (1960; with Bella Cortez and Harry Baird). Originally, this film was to be released as an unauthorized Tarzan film, but the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs threatened to halt its release, citing copyright infringement. Writer/director Antonio Leonviola then renamed Robinson's character Taur to ensure the film's release. Thor and the Amazon Women (1963), was a follow-up to Taur the Mighty.

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A Kid for Two Farthings (1955)


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From the comedy/drama A Kid for Two Farthings. LEFT and CENTER: With Diana Dors. RIGHT: Joe Robinson wrestles Primo Carnera


The Flesh Is Weak (1957)


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With John Derek in the prostitution expose The Flesh Is Weak

Taur the Mighty (1960)


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From the Italian-made actioner Taur the Mighty. LEFT and CENTER A: Robinson as Taur. CENTER B, CENTER C, and RIGHT: With Harry Baird

Barabbas (1961)


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With Anthony Quinn in the epic Barabbas

Ursus and the Tartar Princess (1961)


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As Ursus in the adventure Ursus and the Tartar Princess, released in the U.S. by Medallion Pictures

Thor and the Amazon Women (1963)


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LEFT and CENTER: Robinson as Thor in the Italian adventure Thor and the Amazon Women. RIGHT: With Harry Baird

Doctor in Distress (1963)


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Mylene Demongeot socks Joe Robinson in the comedy Doctor in Distress

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

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With Sean Connery in the 007 thriller Diamonds Are Forever

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In the early 1960s, Robinson decided to quit acting to concentrate on his business interests and his gymnasium in Britain. He did come out of retirement for the role of Peter Franks in Diamonds Are Forever (1971; with Sean Connery and Lana Wood). Now in his 80s, Robinson is retired.

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filmography

FILM
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) with Sean Connery, Charles Gray, Jill St. John, and Lana Wood
Doctor in Distress (1963) with Dirk Bogarde, Samantha Eggar, and Mylene Demongeot
Erik the Conqueror (1963) with Cameron Mitchell and Raf Baldassarre
Thor and the Amazon Women (1963) with Harry Baird and Suzy Anderson
Barabbas (1962) with Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Katy Jurado, Vittorio Gassman, Jack Palance, and Ernest Borgnine
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) with Michael Redgrave
Ursus and the Tartar Princess (1962) with Yoko Tani
Carry On Regardless (1961)
The Bulldog Breed (1960)
Taur the Mighty (1960) with Harry Baird and Bella Cortez
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
Female Fiends (1958) with Lex Barker and Lisa Gastoni
Murder Reported (1958) with with Paul Carpenter, Georgia Brown, and Yvonne Romain
Sea Fury (1958) with Luciana Paluzzi
Fighting Mad (1957)
The Flesh is Weak (1957) with John Derek
Action Stations (1956)
A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) with Diana Dors and Lou Jacobi

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
The Avengers, episode November Five, originally aired 1963
The Saint, episode The Saint Plays with Fire, originally aired November 28, 1963

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Watch Joe Robinson's 1963 film Thor and the Amazon Women

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