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"the Tooz" John Matuszak - Oakland Raiders
"the Tooz" John Matuszak - Oakland Raiders
Published: 2011/08/15
Channel: DtchMastr
Sloth
Sloth's Tragic Real-Life Story
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: Grunge
John Matuszak - Early life
John Matuszak - Early life
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: ai.pictures
RIP Dead Legends: John Matuszak
RIP Dead Legends: John Matuszak
Published: 2014/12/31
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North Dallas Forty (10/10) Movie CLIP - It
North Dallas Forty (10/10) Movie CLIP - It's a Sport Not a Business (1979) HD
Published: 2012/05/22
Channel: Movieclips
Oakland Raider John Matuszak carries Wally George off the stage!!
Oakland Raider John Matuszak carries Wally George off the stage!!
Published: 2013/05/20
Channel: Jeff Tolcher
John "Tooz" Matuszak died here
John "Tooz" Matuszak died here
Published: 2016/08/28
Channel: Underground LA
Ringo Starr on the John Davidson Show 1980 Part Two
Ringo Starr on the John Davidson Show 1980 Part Two
Published: 2013/12/14
Channel: MyVHSArchives
North Dallas Forty (7/10) Movie CLIP - You the Best (1979) HD
North Dallas Forty (7/10) Movie CLIP - You the Best (1979) HD
Published: 2012/05/22
Channel: Movieclips
Oakland Raiders 70
Oakland Raiders 70's defense
Published: 2014/09/26
Channel: John Mongani
Superior Training Services Commercial 1989 with John Matuszak
Superior Training Services Commercial 1989 with John Matuszak
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: Keith Richardson
World strongest man 1978.
World strongest man 1978.
Published: 2017/03/10
Channel: Gerlof Holkema
Oakland Raiders History-1970
Oakland Raiders History-1970's characters
Published: 2015/09/12
Channel: John Mongani
The Goonies Behind the scenes
The Goonies Behind the scenes
Published: 2014/10/30
Channel: Johnny Cade
John Matuszak scenes from MASH TV show (2006) Hallmark Channel
John Matuszak scenes from MASH TV show (2006) Hallmark Channel
Published: 2017/07/31
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1984 Vintage TV Commercials with Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds & John Matuszak - Sloth From the Goonies
1984 Vintage TV Commercials with Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds & John Matuszak - Sloth From the Goonies
Published: 2013/02/06
Channel: bat115
2005 - Sean Astin (Mikey) on memories working with Sloth/John Matuszak
2005 - Sean Astin (Mikey) on memories working with Sloth/John Matuszak
Published: 2007/12/16
Channel: theoriginalgoonie
Soupy Sales pie
Soupy Sales pie's Joan Rivers John Matuszak
Published: 2010/06/09
Channel: georgebettinger
john matuszak
john matuszak
Published: 2015/08/11
Channel: bill garcia
Hunter-S02E18-Death Machine
Hunter-S02E18-Death Machine
Published: 2015/06/10
Channel: Treme1sakbam
Dick Slater Beat Up NFL Great John Matuszak- Tracy Smothers: The Matt Riviera Show
Dick Slater Beat Up NFL Great John Matuszak- Tracy Smothers: The Matt Riviera Show
Published: 2017/09/01
Channel: The Matt Riviera Show The Matt Riviera Show
Otis Sistrunk - Oakland Raiders
Otis Sistrunk - Oakland Raiders
Published: 2010/09/03
Channel: DtchMastr
Caveman (Trailer 1981) - Ringo Starr
Caveman (Trailer 1981) - Ringo Starr
Published: 2008/02/04
Channel: pep pepet
People too loud at buffalo by joe matuszak
People too loud at buffalo by joe matuszak
Published: 2014/01/12
Channel: joseph matuszak
ONE MAN FORCE - (1989) Con John Matuszak - Trailer Originale
ONE MAN FORCE - (1989) Con John Matuszak - Trailer Originale
Published: 2016/05/17
Channel: NuovissimoMillefilm
How Old Was John Matuszak When He Died?
How Old Was John Matuszak When He Died?
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: Uco Uco
Bad Movie Night presents ONE MAN FORCE
Bad Movie Night presents ONE MAN FORCE
Published: 2013/07/06
Channel: Bad Movie Night
JOHN MATUSZAK TRIBUTE
JOHN MATUSZAK TRIBUTE
Published: 2017/10/29
Channel: SPANISH FILMS
One Man Force Trailer
One Man Force Trailer
Published: 2009/12/29
Channel: Warwolf2008
Goonies SFX for Music Video | Sloth | by kristoffe
Goonies SFX for Music Video | Sloth | by kristoffe
Published: 2015/08/03
Channel: Kristoffe Brodeur
the tooz ;ex oakland raider.
the tooz ;ex oakland raider.
Published: 2012/06/28
Channel: bill.g garcia
1980 Cleveland Browns. Best fans in the country.
1980 Cleveland Browns. Best fans in the country.
Published: 2016/01/29
Channel: Crazy Cav
John Matuszak: Football Defensive End
John Matuszak: Football Defensive End
Published: 2017/09/24
Channel: WhoWhat
Best of Sloth
Best of Sloth
Published: 2009/07/29
Channel: shgfe3ay
One Man Force (1989) UK: 18
One Man Force (1989) UK: 18
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: B-SideCentral
The Goonies Clip Mama
The Goonies Clip Mama's Been Bad
Published: 2009/03/25
Channel: GRANT SPOONER
North Dallas Forty (8/10) Movie CLIP - Pre-Game Final Words (1979) HD
North Dallas Forty (8/10) Movie CLIP - Pre-Game Final Words (1979) HD
Published: 2012/05/22
Channel: Movieclips
Caveman (1981) Part 1
Caveman (1981) Part 1
Published: 2008/08/28
Channel: CaveManMov
Sydney Matuszak: Acting Reel
Sydney Matuszak: Acting Reel
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Sydney Matuszak
Kyle Matuszak vs John Berg 6 23 12
Kyle Matuszak vs John Berg 6 23 12
Published: 2012/07/05
Channel: insanityville
Jill Matuszak
Jill Matuszak
Published: 2013/03/18
Channel: mimi nguyen
"Big" Ben Davidson - Oakland Raiders
"Big" Ben Davidson - Oakland Raiders
Published: 2011/02/07
Channel: DtchMastr
Caveman - Cavernicola - 1981
Caveman - Cavernicola - 1981
Published: 2013/01/15
Channel: wil0430
Caveman (1981) Part 3
Caveman (1981) Part 3
Published: 2008/08/28
Channel: CaveManMov
Matuszak Ignite WGFW Final
Matuszak Ignite WGFW Final
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: Paul-Gregory Matuszak
Al Matuszak Tribute
Al Matuszak Tribute
Published: 2016/06/04
Channel: Janet Howson
Caveman (1981) Part 6
Caveman (1981) Part 6
Published: 2008/08/28
Channel: CaveManMov
Matuszak Von Ryan on guard
Matuszak Von Ryan on guard
Published: 2009/07/03
Channel: Aaron Burd
Vargo:Matuszak Harrold Interview
Vargo:Matuszak Harrold Interview
Published: 2016/05/19
Channel: TylerMatuszak
Mike Matuszak the dancer
Mike Matuszak the dancer
Published: 2007/10/02
Channel: liflostinfound
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John Matuszak
No. 78, 79, 72
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1950-10-25)October 25, 1950
Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Died: June 17, 1989(1989-06-17) (aged 38)
Burbank, California
Career information
College: Tampa
NFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XI, XV)
Career NFL statistics
Games played–started: 123–78
Fumble recoveries: 7
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

John Daniel "Tooz" Matuszak (October 25, 1950 – June 17, 1989) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League who later became an actor.

He was the first overall pick in the 1973 NFL Draft and played most of his career with the Oakland Raiders until he retired after winning his second Super Bowl in 1981. Matuszak participated in the 1978 World's Strongest Man competition, where he placed ninth. As an actor, he played in both films and television, appearing first as O.W. Shaddock in 1979 in "North Dallas Forty" followed by Tonda in the 1981 film Caveman. His best known role was as the deformed Sloth in the 1985 movie The Goonies. His biography, Cruisin' with the Tooz, written with Steve Delsohn, was published in 1987.

He died in 1989 of an accidental propoxyphene overdose.[1]

Early life[edit]

Matuszak was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1950 to Audrey and Marvin Matuszak. John had two brothers, but both died of cystic fibrosis at young ages. His one sister also had the disease. The family moved from downtown Milwaukee to Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where Matuszak's classmates ridiculed him as a gawky beanpole. The ridicule pushed John to develop into a muscular young man, and he became the Wisconsin Class A state champion in the shot put with a throw of 58 feet 11 inches. He was always big for his age, which became an advantage as a defensive lineman in football. When he eventually turned pro, he stood 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) and weighed over 280 pounds (127 kilograms).[2]

After a freshman year playing football at Fort Dodge Junior College, Matuszak was recruited to the University of Missouri by Dan Devine. Matuszak enrolled at Mizzou for his sophomore year of college, where he played one season of football for the Tigers as a tight end. Matuszak did not see much playing time at Mizzou because the starting tight end was an excellent blocker. Off the field, Matuszak was prone to disciplinary problems. He caved in another student's face while drunk at a fraternity party, claiming the other student insulted his date. With Dan Devine leaving Missouri for the Green Bay Packers that same year, Matuszak no longer had a spot on the team, and his scholarship was revoked by new coach Al Onofrio. Following his sophomore season at Mizzou, Matuszak transferred to the University of Tampa, where he became the star of their football team. He was also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.[2][3]

Football career[edit]

Matuszak, drafted by the Houston Oilers of the NFL, was the first draft pick of 1973. In addition to his contract with the Oilers, he joined the Houston Texans of the World Football League, but played a total of seven plays before a restraining order that was served to him during a game that barred him from playing for two teams at the same time. Matuszak said he had no plans to play in that game but requested to play after seeing 25 or so men looking for him on the sidelines. He didn't know what was happening at the time and wanted to avoid confrontation. The Oilers, displeased that he tried joining the WFL, traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played until 1975. Then he signed with the Raiders in 1976 after being released in pre-season by the Washington Redskins. He helped the Raiders win two Super Bowls (XI and XV) before retiring after spending the entire 1982 season on injured reserve.

His football career was often overshadowed by his even more famous use of drugs.[4] In his autobiography, he stated that he took many painkillers as well as other narcotics while playing professional football. Because of this, an article written for Sports Illustrated's website in January 2005 named him one of the top five all-time "bad boys" of the NFL.[5] Although his performances made him one of the best Raider defenders of all time, his volatile actions contributed to him not being popular with teammates and not being in Al Davis's favour.[citation needed]

Acting[edit]

Matuszak became a fairly successful actor in the 1980s, making appearances in movies and on television, often portraying football players or gentle giants. His first major role was in the 1979 movie North Dallas Forty as a football player. He appeared in the movies Caveman, The Ice Pirates, One Man Force, and One Crazy Summer, but is frequently remembered as deformed captive Sloth in The Goonies, the make-up for which took five hours to apply.[6] Matuszak's character Sloth wears an Oakland Raiders shirt in some scenes. He had numerous guest appearances in TV shows such as Perfect Strangers, M*A*S*H, The Dukes of Hazzard, Hunter, Silver Spoons, The A-Team, 1st & Ten, Miami Vice and Cheers.

Death[edit]

Matuszak died on June 17, 1989, as a result of acute propoxyphene intoxication, an accidental overdose of the prescription drug Darvocet, according to the findings of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.[1] The report also said that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart) and bronchopneumonia had been contributing factors in the death. There were also traces of cocaine found in the blood stream.[7] He was 38 years old.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1979 North Dallas Forty O.W. Shaddock
1981 Caveman Tonda
1984 The Ice Pirates Killjoy
1985 The Goonies Sloth
1986 One Crazy Summer Stain
1987 P.K. and the Kid Himself
1988 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Fred Collins TV movie
1989 Ghost Writer Jake
1989 The Princess and the Dwarf
1990 Down the Drain Jed Stewart (final film role)

References[edit]

  • John Matuszak and Steve Delsohn. Cruisin' with the Tooz. 1987. ISBN 0-531-15055-0.

External links[edit]

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