Born in Ripley, Tennessee, on June 20, 1954, handsome 6'3" Miles O'Keeffe played football as a wide receiver at Mississippi State and Sewanee, graduating in 1977. He earned a degree in psychology and briefly worked as a prison counselor. In the late 1970s, O'Keeffe headed for California and played semi-professional rugby; afterward he drifted into working as a stunt man and, in the meanwhile, taking a few bit parts in films. His big break in 1981 came when he was cast as Tarzan in the film Tarzan, the Ape Man.

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Beefcake photo of Miles O'Keeffe from the early 1980s

Released in 1981, Tarzan, the Ape Man was a vehicle for director John Derek's wife, Bo Derek. Upon its release, the film generated poor reviews by critics, primarily because the character Tarzan wasn't the focus of the film; rather, Jane (Bo Derek) has the majority of screen time. The film chalked up no fewer than six Razzie nominations in 1982. Bo Derek won the Razzie Award for worst actress (actually, she tied with Faye Dunaway), but the nod for Worst Film went to Mommie Dearest (1981; with Faye Dunaway, Steve Forrest, and Diana Scarwid).

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Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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LEFT and CENTER: Miles O'Keeffe as Tarzan. RIGHT: With Bo Derek on the December 1981 cover of Muscular Development

Ator the Invincible, aka Cave Dwellers (1984)

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Joel Hodgson, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot watch Miles O'Keeffe in Cave Dwellers (aka Ator the Invincible) during episode #301 of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Sword of the Valiant (1984)

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O'Keeffe as Sir Gawain in the adventure Sword of the Valiant

Ator the Iron Warrior (1987)

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From O'Keeffe's last outing as Ator in Ator the Iron Warrior

Waxwork (1988) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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As Dracula in the comedy/horror flick Waxwork

Liberty & Bash (1990)

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From the action thriller Liberty & Bash. LEFT: O'Keeffe as Liberty. RIGHT: Home video poster with Lou Ferrigno

Cartel (1990)

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As Chuck Taylor in the action thriller Cartel

Unconditional Love (1999)

Miles O'Keeffe and Mette Holt

With Mette Holt in the action flick Unconditional Love

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After acting in S.A.S. San Salvador and Sword of the Valiant, both released in 1982, O'Keeffe headed to Italy to shoot Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1983). Through 1987, he made a number of films in Italy, such as Ator the Invincible (1984), Lone Runner (1986), and Double Target (1987). Since then, O'Keeffe has made more than 20 films; in the year 2000 alone, he starred in four features. After a five-year hiatus, O'Keeffe returned to acting in the short film King of the Road, which was shot in the Pittsburgh area in the summer of 2008. Now 60 years old, he appears to be retired from acting.

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Tarzan, The Ape Man [DVD](1981) DVD
Bo Derek is the swinging-est Jane yet in this sexy version of the legend. Dry, wet or undressed, Bo will steal your heart and bulge your eyes. No wonder jungle king Miles O'Keeffe screams, "ah uhh-uhh ah-uh!" Richard Harris co-stars. 115 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French.
Ator The Fighting Eagle [DVD](1982) DVD
There was an age undreamed of--at least, until "Conan the Barbarian" came up aces on the big screen--where snarling sabre-toothed tigers, monstrous snakes, strange netherworlds, swords, and sorcery all combined to fuel the exploits of a muscular, magical titan named Ator (Miles O'Keeffe). In this, his first (of, yes, many to come) set of adventures, Ator marries his sister and battles a spider cult. Sabrina Siani, Laura Gemser, and Dakar co-star. AKA: "Ator the Invincible," "Ator." 98 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Waxwork (1988)/Waxwork II: Lost In Time [DVD](1992) DVD
Wax horrific with this spooky double feature! First, a group of touring teens discover that the fiendish proprietor of a house of wax wants them to join his monstrous tableaus...permanently! Zach Galligan, Miles O'Keeffe, Patrick Macnee star. Then, the shocking sequel finds a young couple investigating a killing and being confronted by a killer from the past and various monsters. Zach Galligan, Marina Sirtis, Patrick Macnee and Bruce Campbell star. AKA: "Space Shift: Waxwork II." 201 min. total. Soundtrack: English.
Zero Tolerance [DVD](1994) DVD
That's precisely what FBI agent Robert Patrick has for the drug cartel members responsible for his family's murder, as he heads to Las Vegas to deal out a hand of lethal vengeance. Non-stop actioner also stars Titus Welliver, Mick Fleetwood, Miles O'Keeffe. 94 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Pocahontas: The Legend [DVD](1995) DVD
Lavishly filmed treatment of the Pocahontas legend with Sandrine Holt playing the Powhatan Indian princess who saves the life of British explorer Captain John Smith (Miles O'Keeffe) after he is captured by her tribe. Tony Goldwyn co-stars. 96 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Fatal Conflict [DVD](1999) DVD
Kari Wuhrer is the sexy former pilot who finds herself in the future, using special powers to stop a brother and sister from crashing an outlaw spacecraft into downtown Los Angeles. Kari calls on her smarts and martial arts expertise to halt the strangely close siblings from carrying out their mission. Jennifer Rubin, Leo Rossi and Miles O'Keeffe also star. 92 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Escape To Grizzly Mountain [DVD](2004) DVD
Dan Haggerty reprises his "Grizzly Mountain" role in this delightful and heartwarming family adventure, as a young boy (Miko Hughes) on a mission to free a mistreated bear cub from captivity figures out a way to travel into the distant past, where he turns to legendary mountain man Jeremiah (Haggerty) for help. Returning to the future, Jeremiah and the boy work together to rescue the cub. Jan-Michael Vincent, Miles O'Keeffe co-star. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Clawed: The Legend Of Sasquatch [DVD](2005) DVD
The discovery of a group of bear poachers mutilated in the woods throws the lives of a sleepy Pacific Northwest town's residents into turmoil. Now, a mob of revenge-seeking hunters sets out to find and kill the creature responsible, while some high schoolers try to save it. But is the animal an ordinary forest dweller, or a (gasp!) Bigfoot? Fun-packed Sasquatchploitation effort stars Dylan Purcell, Miles O'Keefe, Jack Conley. 85 min. Soundtrack: English.

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King of the Road (2010)
Clawed: The Legend of Sasquatch (2005) with Dylan Purcell and Lee Purcell
Savage Season (2001) with Wings Hauser
Escape to Grizzly Mountain (2000) with Dan Haggerty and Jan-Michael Vincent
Fatal Conflict (2000) with Kari Wuhrer
Out of the Black (2000) with Sally Kirkland and Sally Struthers
Blood and Honor (2000)
Unconditional Love (1999) with Henry Silva, Adrian Zmed, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Antonio Fargas, and Robert Culp
Diamondbacks (1998) with Christopher Mitchum and Timothy Bottoms
Moving Targets (1998) with Burt Ward
Shoot (1998) with Christopher Atkins and Dedee Pfeiffer
Dead Tides (1997) with Roddy Piper and Tawny Kitaen
True Vengeance (1997) with Beverly Johnson
Marked Man (1995) with Roddy Piper
Millenium Day (1995) with Dana Plato
Pocahontas: The Legend (1995)
Silent Hunter (1995) with Fred Williamson
Zero Tolerance (1994) with Mick Fleetwood
Acting on Impulse (1993) with Peter Lupus, Paul Bartel, Adam Ant, and Cassandra Peterson
Sins of the Night (1993) with Richard Roundtree
Relentless II: Dead On (1991) with Ray Sharkey
King's Ransom (1991) with Christopher Atkins
Cartel (1990) with Don Stroud and William Smith
Liberty & Bash (1990) with Lou Ferrigno and Gary Conway
Fashion Crimes (1989)
The Drifter (1988) with Kim Delaney and Timothy Bottoms
Waxwork (1988) with Deborah Foreman
Campus Man (1987) with Kim Delaney and Morgan Fairchild
Double Target (1987) with Donald Pleasence and Bo Svenson
Inglorious Bastards 2: Hell's Heroes (1987) with Fred Williamson and Chuck Connors
Ator the Iron Warrior (1987)
Colombian Connection (1987)
Lone Runner (1986)
Ator the Invincible (1984) with Lisa Foster
Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1983) with Edmund Purdom
S.A.S. San Salvador (1982) with Sybil Danning
Sword of the Valiant (1982) with Sean Connery and Peter Cushing
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981) with Bo Derek, Richard Harris, and John Phillip Law; directed by John Derek
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