He was here to chew bubblegum and kick ass.
Roderick "Roddy" George Toombs, better known to the masses as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper is dead. Piper was a star in the Wrestling Entertainment world, using his insane antics in the ring to become a crowd favorite, even though he was largely billed as the villain.
He wore a kilt and played the bagpipes during his intros which led to him being coined "Rowdy" due to his "Scottish" heritage, but Piper was in fact Canadian, the pride of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Piper later became a mainstay in the film and television world, usually in supporting roles. His most celebrated picture was in the phenomenal THEY LIVE, the 1988 John Carpenter directed work which saw Piper as a drifter (stay with me here) who stumbles upon a cardboard box filled with sunglasses which allows the wearer to see the "true world"--one inhabited by aliens who have taken over Earth and send subliminal messages to humans to keep them docile.
It sounds hokey as all hell, but it's an on-point social commentary of what we deem necessary. THEY LIVE also stars Keith David, and David and Piper have literally the most epic fight you'll ever see two muscled up dudes have in an alleyway, using only their fists. It's silly how long it goes on for.
Roddy Piper died in his sleep late July 30 from a heart-attack. He's survived by his wife, Kitty, and his four children, including a son who's following in his father's footsteps and attempting a career in the squared circle.