Don Stansauk

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Don Stansauk was a professional wrestler and actor, known by his ring name, Hard Boiled Haggerty. He was previously a professional American football player, and became a successful character actor after his wrestling career.

After attending Pasadena City College and the University of Denver, Stansauk was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the eighteenth round of the National Football League entry draft in 1950. He played defensive tackle and, after a season with the Lions, was traded to the Green Bay Packers. Over the next two seasons, Stansauk played in 15 games and recovered two fumbles.

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Don Stansauk was a professional wrestler and actor, known by his ring name, Hard Boiled Haggerty. He was previously a professional American football player, and became a successful character actor after his wrestling career.

After attending Pasadena City College and the University of Denver, Stansauk was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the eighteenth round of the National Football League entry draft in 1950. He played defensive tackle and, after a season with the Lions, was traded to the Green Bay Packers. Over the next two seasons, Stansauk played in 15 games and recovered two fumbles.

As a wrestler, Haggerty made his wrestling debut under his real name in Green Bay, Wisconsin. From there, he moved to Chicago, where he was given the ring name Don Sparrow by promoter Karl Pojello, who thought that Stansauk "moved like a bird". He was later given the name "Hard Boiled Haggerty" by promoter Wally Karbo while wrestling in Minneapolis. Haggerty wrestled as a heel and was hated by the crowds because he portrayed an arrogant character.

After retiring from wrestling, Haggerty went into acting and appeared in several movies. He also had a role in several television shows, including Adam-12, Kung Fu, Get Smart, Starsky and Hutch, Columbo, Baretta, Happy Days, The Bob Newhart Show, The Love Boat, The Incredible Hulk, and Crazy Like a Fox.

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