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Tab Thacker Wrestler Turned Actor Dead at 45 (PHOTOS)

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Tab Thacker, 45, has died after several years of declining health. The 6'5", 450 pound NCAA Champion wrestler switched career paths to become an actor. He had roles in several films, including Police Academy.

Thacker won the NCAA State championship in 1984. He was named All American three times in college and earned four ACC titles while playing for the N.C. Wolfpack.

He was type cast as the 'huge guy' in several movies, including City Heat, Wildcats, Identity Crisis and two Police Academy 4 and 5 flicks.

After retiring from film making, Thacker became a bail bondsman in Raleigh, N.C.

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Wow! I just moved back to Raleigh and found out Tab died.
I hung out with Tab for a while and never met a kinder soul;he was a good man. I can see him smiling playing his video games at his house with his kids running around playing.
I guess God needed you bro. RIP!


I went to high school with him. West forsyth, Clemmons N.C.. I was looking thru my yr book
(March 14, 2011) and saw his picture and googled his name just now (March 16 2011) and I am shocked. He was so nice to people. Always was smiling. When he was casted for the movie wildcats, everybody at the school was so happy for him. RIP


TAB was a very good friend and practical joker! I worked with him a short period of time at his bailbond office! He was the sweetest person anyone will ever know!! He was an angel, and he will be missed!!


I am sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very good actor and I watched him in several movies growing up. He left way too early.


my dad was a great guy . he was my hero. he still is. he might be gone but he is still here with me guiding me through my life rip daddy I luv u


I love my brother in law. I miss him so much. He may be gone but he is far from been forgotten.