Robert “Jeep” Swenson (R.I.P.), was probably most popular in the mainstream as Bane from the movie Batman.
The massively muscular character “Bane” in the movie Batman, was played by Jeep Swenson. No, I’m not talking about the scrawny Bane played by Tom Hardy, I’m talking the other bane. The shocker ? Batman had to wear a form muscle suit…..but as for Jeep Swenson’s role, that was no muscle suit ! Jeep was a massive 400 lbs. of Rock Hard Muscle ! All the had to do was paint him
Swenson wrestled for World Class Championship Wrestling in 1987 and 1988 for manager Gary Hart. His main feud was with Bruiser Brody, who was wrestling as the masked “Red River Jack”. According to Swenson, he had the largest biceps in the world at that time. He was billed as being from South Africa, although he was an American.
Swenson returned to wrestling for a match at World Championship Wrestling’s Uncensored pay-per-view on March 24, 1996. He performed as a member of the “Alliance to End Hulkamania”. Swenson was originally named The Final Solution, but following complaints from Jewish organizations to the Turner corporate offices, his character was renamed The Ultimate Solution. WCW claimed they were unaware that The Final Solution was the name Adolf Hitler gave to his plan to destroy the Jews. The Alliance comprised the Dungeon of Doom and the Four Horsemen, and they posed to end Hulk Hogan’s career.
Swenson also had a short career as a professional boxer. He won his first two bouts by knockouts, but his third fight was stopped in round one after he was knocked down twice by Frankie Garcia in his pro debut. Swenson had boxed as an amateur middleweight.[clarification needed]
The 6′ 4″, 405 lb. Swenson appeared as pit fighter “Lugwrench” Perkins in the 1989 Hulk Hogan film No Holds Barred. He also played James Caan’s bodyguard Bledsoe in theAdam Sandler film Bulletproof, before playing possibly his best known character Bane in the 1997 film Batman & Robin.