Robert Swan, ‘Hoosiers,’ and ‘Rudy’ actor died of cancer in his Indiana home

Family members and friends mourn the death of 78-year-old actor, Robert Swan who passed away recently

Robert Swan Death – 78-year-old Veteran character actor Robert Swan, who played pivotal roles in the films Hoosiers, Rudy, and The Babe, has passed away. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Swan passed away at his home in Rolling Prairie, Indiana on Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. The family members and friends mourn the death of the well-respected actor who was pronounced dead on Wednesday, August 8, 2023.

Robert Swan passed away

Other lawmen roles for Swan include Who’s That Girl (1987) and Mo’ Money (1992), and he played a Canadian Mountie in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987) and a bloodied deputy in Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers (1994). His character, Indiana farmer Rollin Butcher, is one of the few people in town who welcome new coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) in the 1986 film Hoosiers because he has two boys on the Hickory High School basketball team.

He eventually becomes an assistant coach for the Huskers, working alongside Dale. Swan later worked with Hoosiers’ director David Anspaugh again, this time as a priest in Rudy (1993), Sean Astin’s famous underdog sports film. In between those two movies, he played George Herman Ruth’s father in Arthur Hiller’s The Babe (1992), which starred John Goodman.

Swan, who was born on October 20, 1944, began her musical career as a child soloist with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Lyric Opera Chorus. He has appeared in regional productions and, in 1974, in The Freedom of the City on Broadway. His first film role was as a stagehand in Somewhere in Time (1980), where he fought Christopher Reeve’s character in 1912. Take This Job and Shove It (1981), Doctor Detroit (1983), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) with Randal Kleiser, That Was Then… This Is Now (1985), Betrayed (1988) with Costa-Gavras, and Backdraft (1991) with Ron Howard are included on his filmography.

Swan’s TV credits include the 1984 ABC telefilm The Dollmaker (starring alongside Jane Fonda) (adapted from a novel by Harriette Arnow and directed by Daniel Petrie), as well as guest starring roles on All My Children (as the villain Jeb Tidwell), Spenser: For Hire, and The Equalizer.

In addition to founding and performing with the Harbor County Opera in Three Oaks, Michigan, he also did voiceover work for United Airlines, Busch and Schlitz beer, Nine Lives cat food, and the Beef Industry Council. His wife Barbara, his brothers David and Charles, his sister-in-law Elizabeth, his nephews Christopher, Bryan, and Daniel, and his dogs Baci and Chico are all still here to remember him.

Robert Swan obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by family members

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