January 20, 2022


Robert Maillet

Robert Maillet

Robert Maillet was born in Georgetown, Ontario. Less than a year later, Maillet’s family moved to Ste-Marie-de-Kent. He is an Acadian actor and retired professional wrestler. He is known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1997 to 1999, where he performed under the ring name “Kurrgan” and was a member of The “Truth Commission” and “The Oddities”. 

Robert Maillet as Kurrigan
Robert Maillet as Kurrigan

Maillet trained under Bret Hart, Leo Burke and Stephen Petitpas and debuted in 1989 as the “Acadian Giant” for Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling. He competed for years in Canada, Japan and South Korea, using the name “Goliath El Gigante”. 

Robert Maillet with the Truth Commision as The Interrogator.
Robert Maillet with the Truth Commision as The Interrogator

Maillet made an initial appearance in the WWF on November 11, 1991 when he wrestled as “The Cajun Giant”, defeating Bob Bradley in a dark match at a television taping in Utica, NY. He then spent some time in Japan working for the W*ING promotion as Goliath El Gigante. He was signed to the WWF in 1997, alongside “The Jackyl”, as a member of The Truth Commission. He was billed as The Interrogator. The group was sent to the United States Wrestling Association (USWA) before being called up to the main WWF roster, where Maillet’s ring name evolved into Kurrgan (whose name was inspired by The Kurgan, and was occasionally referred to as The Kurrgan on television). Under the tutelage of The Jackyl, a charismatic cult leader, Kurrgan was a heel known for applying the Iron Claw to his opponents and not breaking the hold until The Jackyl slapped him across the face.

Robert Maillet WWF Oddities

After The Truth Commission disbanded, Maillet (now billed simply as Kurrgan) continued as a singles wrestler managed by The Jackyl. He later went on to be part of The Oddities, The Jackyl’s new stable; however, once The Jackyl was removed as the advisor of The Oddities and replaced by the Insane Clown Posse, The Oddities turned face and became fan favourites. Maillet later worked for Jacques Rougeau’s wrestling events as Kurgan. On July 8, 2005, he wrestled Jim Duggan.

Maillet is also known for his roles in films such as the 2006 film “300“, an adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name. He played the Über-Immortal, a savage berserker who was part of the enemy’s imperial guard.

Robert Maillet and Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Maillet and Robert Downey Jr.

In November 2008, during a fight scene for the 2009 film “Sherlock Holmes“, he accidentally punched Robert Downey Jr. in the face, bloodying Downey and knocking him down. Downey later stated on an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman that Maillet was “10 times more upset about it” than he was. 

Robert Maillet and Heather Doerksen in Pacific Rim (2013)
Robert Maillet and Heather Doerksen in Pacific Rim (2013)

Maillet played a Russian professional boxer who took a dive in the 2011 film “The Big Bang“. Later that year, he appeared in the film “Monster Brawl” as Frankenstein in a wrestling tournament of eight classic monsters that fight to the death. He played Polyphemus in the 2013 film “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters“, Blackwell in the 2013 film adaptation of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones“, and the executioner in the 2014 film “Hercules“.

He also had a recurring role on the Syfy-TV original series “Haven” billed as a “Heavy”, a thug for the series antagonist.

Robert Maillet in Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2

In 2018, Maillet had a small part in the superhero film “Deadpool 2” as Sluggo, a mutant mercenary who is in prison alongside the titular character. He also had a part in the 2018 Netflix film “Game Over, Man!”.

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