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James George Janos[1] (born July 15, 1951), better known by his stage name Jesse Ventura, is an American actor, author, media personality, ex-Navy SEAL, former politician and retired professional wrestler who played Blain in the 1987 film Predator. Predator was Ventura's first film role. Other notable films Ventura has appeared in include The Running Man (1987), Demolition Man (1993) and Batman & Robin (1997).

Ventura was part of the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team 12 during the Vietnam War and received a Vietnam Service Medal, although he has since disclosed that he did not see combat.[2] Following his military service, he went on to embark on a professional wrestling career lasting from 1975 to 1986. There, he claimed the ring name Jesse "The Body" Ventura. In addition, Ventura has also had a career in politics; he served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.[3]

On television, Ventura is perhaps best-known for hosting the show Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura (2009-2012), where he and his team of investigators attempt to unravel modern-day conspiracy theories.

Filmography

Year Title Notes
1987 Predator
The Running Man With María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Thomas Rosales, Jr., Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sven-Ole Thorsen
1989 Thunderground
No Holds Barred With Diana James
1990 Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe With Sven-Ole Thorsen
1991 Ricochet With Alex Chapman, George Christy, Tom Finnegan, Jim Ishida and Thomas Rosales, Jr.
1993 Demolition Man With Alex Chapman, Steve Kahan, Henry Kingi, Thomas Rosales, Jr. and Pat Skipper
1994 Major League II
1997 Batman & Robin With William H. Burton, Jr., Henry Kingi, Brad Martin, Rodney Mitchell and Arnold Schwarzenegger
2005 The Ringer
2010 Woodshop
2014 The Drunk

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References

  1. "OWOW profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved on December 29, 2012.
  2. Ventura discloses that he did not see combat in Vietnam
  3. Jesse "The Body" wins Minnesota Gubernatorial Race