JTB Robert Z'Dar - 100 Classic Movies (Action/Crime/Drama/Thriller/Horror)

by johntbakken | created - 20 Nov 2017 | updated - 20 Nov 2017 | Public

Robert J. Zdarsky was born June 3, 1950 and sadly passed away March 30, 2015. He is better known by his stage name Robert Z'Dar and was an American actor and film producer, best known for his role as officer Matt Cordell in the Maniac Cop trilogy.

Born in the West Lawn neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, Z'Dar was of Lithuanian descent. He first started acting while attending Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois. After high school, Z'Dar attended Arizona State University where he received a BFA and played on the university football team. After graduation, Z'Dar returned to Chicago where he was employed variously as a Chicago police officer, member of the band Nova Express, commercial jingle writer and Chippendales dancer

Z'Dar worked mainly in low-budget B-movies and direct-to-video features, but occasionally in mainstream Hollywood films and television. Due to his cherubism, a medical condition resulting in an enlarged jawline, Z'dar had a unique and easily recognizable look with a slightly sinister appearance, which aided his career as he usually portrayed villains.

A prolific actor, Z'Dar appeared in 121 films and television episodes over the course of his 29-year career.

Taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Z'Dar

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1. Hellhole (1985)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Horror

An unlucky woman's mother is murdered by a scarf-wielding killer named Silk, leaving the woman injured, traumatised and suffering from amnesia. She's committed to a mental institution, ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre De Moro | Stars: Ray Sharkey, Judy Landers, Marjoe Gortner, Richard Cox

Votes: 485

2. Flesh and Bullets (1985)

R | 84 min | Crime

Two men meet in a bar in Las Vegas and discover that they have one big problem in common - their wives. They decide to do something drastic about it.

Director: Carlos Tobalina | Stars: Glenn McKay, Gail Sterling, Mic Morrow, Cydney Hill

Votes: 131

3. Hot Chili (1985)

R | 86 min | Comedy

A group of American teenage boys goes south of the border to work for the summer at a Mexican resort. There they encounter many wacky guests and have zany adventures involving a German ... See full summary »

Director: William Sachs | Stars: Charles Schillaci, Allan Kayser, Joe Rubbo, Chuck Hemingway

Votes: 314

4. The Night Stalker (1986)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A tough homicide cop is assigned to track down a serial killer who is murdering prostitutes.

Director: Max Kleven | Stars: Charles Napier, Michelle Reese, Katherine Kelly Lang, Robert Viharo

Votes: 182

5. Code Name Zebra (1987)

94 min | Action

A group of Vietnam War veterans declare war on Los Angeles drug dealers and the Mafia.

Director: Joe Tornatore | Stars: James Mitchum, Mike Lane, Timothy Brown, Joe Donte

Votes: 32

6. Cherry 2000 (1987)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In 2017, a successful businessman travels to the ends of the earth to find that the perfect woman is always under his nose. He hires a sexy renegade tracker to find an exact duplicate of his android wife.

Director: Steve De Jarnatt | Stars: Melanie Griffith, David Andrews, Pamela Gidley, Jennifer Balgobin

Votes: 8,211

7. Maniac Cop (1988)

R | 85 min | Action, Crime, Horror

40 Metascore

A killer dressed in a police uniform begins murdering innocent people on the streets of New York City.

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 12,707 | Gross: $0.67M

8. The Killing Game (1988)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

A suave hit man becomes paranoid when he discovers blackmailers have photographed his latest murders.

Director: Joseph Merhi | Stars: Chard Hayward, Geoffrey Sadwith, Cynthia Killion, Robert Z'Dar

Votes: 31

9. Grotesque (1988)

R | 89 min | Horror

A gang of crazed punkers breaks into a family's vacation home in the mountains and slaughters the entire family, except for one daughter who gets away. As the gang pursues the girl through ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Tornatore | Stars: Linda Blair, Tab Hunter, Donna Wilkes, Brad Wilson

Votes: 733

10. Fresh Kill (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

Leona and Allen unintentionally kill two offenders who have in their wake a lot of "friends". Since that day, the couple begins a slow metamorphosis that involves their existence and their moral values.

Director: Joseph Merhi | Stars: Pamela Dixon, Jody Jaress, Flint Keller, Tricia Parks

Votes: 68

11. Killing American Style (1988)

101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Walking jawline Tony Stone (Robert Z'Dar), is a tough criminal with questionable recruitment criteria for his henchmen. After he and his goons pull off a heist at a surprisingly ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Shervan | Stars: Harold Diamond, Jim Brown, Robert Z'Dar, Joselito Rescober

Votes: 336

12. Dead End City (1988)

R | 85 min | Action, Thriller

The government's new urban renewal policy results in street gangs fighting for control of the inner cities. While most of the residents flee, one factory owner determines to fight the gangs for his property.

Director: Peter Yuval | Stars: Dennis Cole, Gregory Scott Cummins, Christine Lunde, Robert Z'Dar

Votes: 94

13. Trained to Kill (1989)

94 min | Action

After a retired US army man is murdered by a crime lord, his two sons, one of them adopted after the old man rescued him from Cambodia during the Vietnam war, train hard and then start looking for the criminal to avenge their father.

Director: H. Kaye Dyal | Stars: Frank Zagarino, Glen Eaton, Lisa Aliff, Marshall R. Teague

Votes: 106

14. Young Rebels (1989)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure

One man (Jon Greene) against the drug cartel.

Director: Amir Shervan | Stars: Jon Greene, Tadashi Yamashita, Robert Z'Dar, Aldo Ray

Votes: 164

15. Tango & Cash (1989)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all.

Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance

Votes: 90,530 | Gross: $63.41M

16. Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

R | 90 min | Crime, Horror, Action

A supernatural, maniac killer cop teams up with a Times Square serial killer.

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Robert Davi, Claudia Christian, Michael Lerner, Bruce Campbell

Votes: 5,498

17. A Gnome Named Gnorm (1990)

PG | 84 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A Los Angeles police detective partners up with a talking gnome in order to bring down the head of a crime ring.

Director: Stan Winston | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Jerry Orbach, Claudia Christian, Eli Danker

Votes: 907

18. The Final Sanction (1990)

R | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After war breaks out between the U.S. and Russia, the two countries decide to settle the conflict by putting its two best warriors into an arena in a fight to the death.

Director: David A. Prior | Stars: Ted Prior, Robert Z'Dar, Renée Cline, William Smith

Votes: 108

19. The Killers Edge (1991 Video)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A cop teams up with an FBI agent to track down a counterfeiter.

Director: Joseph Merhi | Stars: Wings Hauser, Karen Black, Robert Z'Dar, Joe Palese

Votes: 86

20. Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Dar is a warrior who can talk to the beasts. He is forced to travel to Earth to stop his evil brother from stealing an atomic bomb and turning their native land from a desert into, well - a desert.

Director: Sylvio Tabet | Stars: Marc Singer, Kari Wuhrer, Sarah Douglas, Wings Hauser

Votes: 2,749 | Gross: $0.87M

21. Mobsters (1991)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama

From start to finish, it's a story of friendship between 4 street-wise males who don't mind using violence to achieve the lives that they want. They trust no one but each other which is vital to their success as mobsters.

Director: Michael Karbelnikoff | Stars: Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Rodney Eastman, Costas Mandylor

Votes: 7,932 | Gross: $20.25M

22. Quiet Fire (1991 Video)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama

Jesse Palmer, is a Vietnam Veteran who must discomfit his ex-commanding officer turned crooked senate candidate named Whalen from conspiring to turn over part of the U.S. Government to ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs | Stars: Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Nadia Marie, Lance Lindsay, Robert Z'Dar

Votes: 69

23. Samurai Cop (1991)

Unrated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Joe Marshall and Frank Washington are two tenacious police detectives who seek at all costs to stop the Katana, a renegade Yakuza gang composed of violent and sadistic killers who want to lead the drug trade in Los Angeles.

Director: Amir Shervan | Stars: Robert Z'Dar, Mathew Karedas, Janis Farley, Mark Frazer

Votes: 5,963

24. The Divine Enforcer (1992 Video)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

A monsignor recruits a new priest to his parish in Los Angeles where the newcomer proceeds to turn vigilante and take on various thugs and criminals that rule the neighborhoods.

Director: Robert Rundle | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Erik Estrada, Jim Brown, Judy Landers

Votes: 99

25. The Legend of Wolf Mountain (1992)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Family, Western

Three children are kidnapped and taken to the forest by escaped convicts. There they escape but are pursued by the convicts. Forest rangers and police set out to rescue them.

Director: Craig Clyde | Stars: Bo Hopkins, Robert Z'Dar, David 'Shark' Fralick, Vivian Schilling

Votes: 153

26. The Summoned (1992)

88 min | Horror

A lonely woman conjures up a dream lover during a séance using black magic. But the dream lover turns out to be a murdering Incubus with hopes of possession.

Director: Mike Tristano | Stars: Neil Delama, Ashlie Rhey, Robert Z'Dar, Joe Estevez

Votes: 37

27. Shadow of the Dragon (1992)

97 min | Action, Crime

Tony Baker (Jimmy Williams), a Viet Nam vet who is now an L.A. detective is on the trail of the 'Mekong Dragon', assisted by his partner Brian O'Malley (Sandy Palm) and police Captain ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy Williams | Stars: Robert Z'Dar, Sandy Palm, Donna Cherry, Trudy Adams

Votes: 83

28. Frogtown II (1992)

PG-13 | 90 min | Sci-Fi, Action

In the sequel to Hell Comes to Frogtown, the Mutant-Frog leader of Frogtown kidnaps a professor and forces him to make a serum that will turn everyone into Frogs, they also kidnap some ... See full summary »

Director: Donald G. Jackson | Stars: Robert Z'Dar, Denice Duff, Kelsey, Linda Singer

Votes: 276

29. Marked for Murder (1993 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Drama

Mace Moutron, The Sandman, is released from prison to take part in a project where convicts assist the police in their job. Mace isn't used to playing by the rules, and he's frustrated with... See full summary »

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Powers Boothe, Laura Johnson, Michael Ironside, Jay Acovone

Votes: 70

30. Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1992)

R | 85 min | Action, Horror

A female cop is gunned down and wrongly accused of using excessive force in a hostage rescue attempt. Maniac cop returns from the dead once more to seek revenge, destroying everthing and ... See full summary »

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Robert Davi, Robert Z'Dar, Caitlin Dulany, Gretchen Becker

Votes: 3,156

31. In a Moment of Passion (1993)

R | 100 min | Drama, Thriller

An aspiring actress falls for her leading man and passion ignites. When a series of murders haunts the estate where the actors are filming, her leading man no longer seems to be perfect and she is forced into a deadly choice.

Director: Zbigniew Kaminski | Stars: Chase Masterson, Vivian Schilling, Julie Araskog, Joe Estevez

Votes: 37 | Gross: $0.44M

32. Wild Cactus (1993)

R | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

During a desert retreat, a married couple cross paths with a murderous ex-convict and his partner in crime.

Director: Jag Mundhra | Stars: David Naughton, India Allen, Gary Hudson, Michelle Moffett

Votes: 253

33. Marching Out of Time (1993)

PG | 74 min | Sci-Fi

Nazis, in an attempt to teleport themselves into England during World War II, are instead accidentally teleported forward in time into suburbia, United States, in the early 1990s.

Director: Antone Vassil | Stars: Frederick Anderson, Michael Hagemeyer, Matthew Henerson, Heinrich James

Votes: 75

35. Double Blast (1994 Video)

PG | 89 min | Action, Drama

Two kids with martial arts training and their black belt father rescue a female professor from gangsters, because they want a stone tablet that she has discovered which may lead to untold ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Spring | Stars: Linda Blair, Dale Cook, Joe Estevez, Lorne Berfield

Votes: 95

36. The Mosaic Project (1994 Video)

R | 95 min | Sci-Fi, Action

A couple small town guys accidentally get chips implanted in their heads that turn them into super agents fluent in dozens of languages and martial arts skills.

Director: John Sjogren | Stars: William Buzick III, Colleen Coffey, Neil Delama, Gino Dentie

Votes: 48

37. The Devil's Pet (1994)

Horror

A beautiful seductress waits for lost souls on a barren island. It may be too late before anyone finds out if she is evil or not.

Director: Donald G. Jackson | Stars: Tina-Desiree Berg, Gini Dante, Lori Jo Hendrix, Jeff Hutchinson

Votes: 24

38. Silent Fury (1994)

Action

After his friend is caught and killed by some drug dealers, a former commander of special forces search revenge.

Director: Eric Louzil | Stars: James Hong, Robert Z'Dar, Charles Napier, L.P. Brown III

Votes: 12

41. Ill Met by Moonlight (1994)

122 min | Drama

This is a modern adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare. The plot remains that of Shakespeare, though somewhat amputated: Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia. ... See full summary »

Director: Somtow Sucharitkul | Stars: Heidi Blose, Timothy Bottoms, Edward Bryant, Robert DiTillio

Votes: 19

42. Naturally Bad (1995 Video)

85 min | Action, Crime

A botanist has a run in with a group of cocaine dealers and is kidnapped, but not before calling on her brother for help.

Director: Bob Bragg | Stars: Bob Bragg, Shanna Lynn, Robert Z'Dar, Carolyn Taye-Loren

Votes: 11

43. Professional Affair (1995 Video)

92 min | Thriller

A drug lord (Robert Z'Dar) hires a private investigator to track down the culprit who killed his henchman and took a briefcase full of money. One of the suspects is Heather Finch (Kim Stetz... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wynne | Stars: Robert Z'Dar, Kim Stetz, Robert Allen Silver, Shannon Elliot

Votes: 32

44. Red Line (1995 Video)

R | 102 min | Action, Thriller

A car-thief is seen stealing, and is blackmailed into stealing more cars for someone else's profit.

Director: John Sjogren | Stars: Chad McQueen, Dom DeLuise, Michael Madsen, Roxana Zal

Votes: 397

45. Run Like Hell (1995)

80 min | Sci-Fi

In the year of 2008, war and sickness have overtaken the planet. The deranged government declares single women a threat to the human race. Singles women are imprisoned. The corrupt warden ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Rundle | Stars: Robert Z'Dar, Dree Lange, Colleen Corrigan, Liz Davies

Votes: 68

46. Point Dume (1995)

R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

John Cassini, in the lead role, as the lonely-guy production assistant who gets caught up in the world's most complicated drug deal.

Director: Mark J. Gordon | Stars: Jack Klarr, Monique Parent, Adelaide Miller, John Cassini

Votes: 14

47. Fatal Pursuit (1995)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A rugged ex-cop P.I. and a beautiful British female insurance investigator search for diamonds that were stolen in a brutal robbery.

Director: Eric Louzil | Stars: L.P. Brown III, Shannon Whirry, Malcolm McDowell, Charles Napier

Votes: 167

48. Equal Impact (1995)

105 min | Action

Dave (Joe Gates) and Josh (Jay Gates) Conner are twin brothers who are skilled in the martial art of taekwondo. While Josh spends most of his time at the school, Dave is a champion fighter ... See full synopsis »

Director: Jon Steven Ward | Stars: Jay Gates, Joe Gates, Joe Estevez, Robert Z'Dar

Votes: 49