Robert Maillet (born 1969) is a Canadian actor and retired professional
wrestler. He is known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation
from 1997 to 1999, where he performed under the ring name Kurrgan and
was a member of The Truth Commission and The Oddities. He is also known
for his roles in films such as 300 (2007),Sherlock Holmes (2009), and
Pacific Rim (2013).
As you may notice by his face he is not going in the HANDSOMEST section. The good news is that having a rough, brutal mug is exactly what you need to play a giant in movies! Handsome guys flock to Hollywood every day and get nowhere because, when you put a bunch of handsome guys in a room together they are all the same. They stop being special. Having a non-handsome face is JUST what casting directors are looking for because tall giants always play monsters, bodyguards, thugs and jerks!
Maillet spent some time in Japan working for the W*ING promotion as Goliath El Gigante. He was signed to the WWF in 1997, alongside The Jackyl, as a member of The Truth Commission. He was billed as The Interrogator. The group was sent to the United States Wrestling Association before being called up to the main WWF roster, where Maillet's ring name evolved into Kurrgan The Interrogator (whose name was inspired by The Kurgan, and was occasionally referred to as The Kurrgan on television).
Under the tutelage of The Jackyl, a charismatic cult leader, Kurrgan was a heel known for applying the Iron Claw to his opponents and not breaking the hold until The Jackyl slapped him across the face. After The Truth Commission disbanded, Maillet (now billed simply as Kurrgan) continued as a singles wrestler managed by The Jackyl. He later went on to be part of The Oddities, The Jackyl's new stable; however, once The Jackyl was removed as the advisor of The Oddities and replaced by the Insane Clown Posse, The Oddities turned face and degenerated into comedy jobbers rather than heels. Maillet later worked for Jacques Rougeau's wrestling events as Kurgan. On July 8, 2005, he wrestled Jim Duggan during the half-time show of a Canadian Football League game in Montreal. Using the name Giant Kurgan, he worked for Emile Dupree's Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling (GPW) and the St. John's-based Legend City Wrestling (LCW).
After wrestling was over Maillet turned to acting. Maillet appeared in the 2007 film 300, an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same name. He played the Über-Immortal, a savage berserker who was part of the enemy's imperial guard. In November 2008, during a fight scene for the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, he accidentally punched Robert Downey, Jr. in the face, bloodying Downey and knocking him down. Downey later stated on an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman that Maillet was "10 times more upset about it" than he was. Maillet played a Russian professional boxer who took a dive in the 2011 film The Big Bang. Later that year, he appeared in the film Monster Brawl as Frankenstein in a wrestling tournament of eight classic monsters that fight to the death. He played Polyphemus in the 2013 film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and Blackwell in the 2013 film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. He will appear in the 2014 film Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
|ROBERT MAILLET WRESTLES AS "KURRGAN"
Here's some grainy old footage taken straight from video of Kurrgan vs. "jobbers" which, in wrestling lingo, means his primary function is to lose to better known wrestlers. Or, in this case, to a guy twice his size!
In costume on the set of "Sherlock Holmes"
From the movie "300"
From "Pacific Rim"
The video game version of him has a better body!
On the set of "Sherlock Holmes"