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Tim Rossovich
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Personal information
Born:(1946-03-14)March 14, 1946
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Died:December 6, 2018(2018-12-06) (aged 72)
Grass Valley, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Saint Francis
(Mountain View, California)
NFL draft:1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:88
Fumble recoveries:10
Player stats at PFR

Timothy John Rossovich (March 14, 1946 – December 6, 2018) was an American football linebacker and a television and movie actor, active from 1977 to 1998. He was the brother of actor Rick Rossovich.


Rossovich was born in Palo Alto, California. Tim is ranked 20th on the list of "greatest high school defensive football players of all time". After graduating high school, he turned down a pitching position with the Pittsburgh Pirate because he wanted to play in the NFL one day. He played college football at the University of Southern California and was one of five USC Trojans players taken in the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft after his senior year. Rossovich played for the National Football League Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, and Houston Oilers between 1968 and 1976. He played in the Pro Bowl in 1969.

In March 1974, he was selected by the Philadelphia Bell in the first round (3rd overall) of the WFL Pro Draft. He opted to sign with the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League, where he played until the league folded midway through the 1975 season.

In 1977, Rossovich appeared in the episode "The Shortest Yard" of the ABC situation comedy The San Pedro Beach Bums. He played Detective Noodles in the Cheech and Chong 1981 comedy Nice Dreams alongside Peter Jason. He also appeared in the 1982 movie Night Shift as the boyfriend of Shelley Long's character. The movie also starred Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton.

Rossovich died due to respiratory arrest on December 6, 2018, in Grass Valley, California.[1][2]


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Charlie's Angels Taylor
1979 Charlie's Angels Terrence
1979 The Main Event Cannibal
1980 The Ninth Configuration Biker Uncredited
1980 The Long Riders Pitts
1981 Nice Dreams Detective Noodles
1981 Looker Moustache Man
1982 Knight Rider Butch "The Final Verdict"
1982 Night Shift Luke
1982 Fake-Out Hit Man #1
1982 Hart to Hart Larry
1983 Hart to Hart Jack Burke
1983 The A-Team Milt / Boyle
1983 The Sting II 'Typhoon' Taylor
1984 Cloak & Dagger Haverman
1984 Knight Rider Bloodworth "Knights of the Fast Lane"
1985 Avenging Angel Teddy Butts
1985 Stick Cecil
1986 MacGyver Political prisoner Season 1 Episode 21 "Prisoner of Conscience"
1988 Johnny Be Good Gas Attendant
1990 Secret Agent OO Soul Tall Man
1990 MacGyver Novis Reilly Season 6 Episode 11 "Squeeze Play"
1991 Fists of Steel Captain Jokish
1991 Baywatch Larry Veron Season 2 Episode 12 "Reunion"


  1. ^ "Tim Rossovich, actor and former NFL player, dies at 72". charlotteobserver.
  2. ^ "Tim Rossovich, USC and Philadelphia Eagles Star Turned Actor, Dies at 72". The Hollywood Reporter. December 7, 2018.

Top 50 high school football defensive players of all time[1]

  1. ^ Askel, Kevin (December 6, 2018). "Top 50 high school football defensive players of all time - MaxPreps". Retrieved April 14, 2023.