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Actor Robert Swan, Known for ‘Hoosiers’ and ‘Rudy,’ Passes Away at 78

Robert Swan, ‘The Untouchables’ and ‘Hoosiers’ Actor, Dies at 78

Robert Swan, a well-known actor recognized for his roles in films such as “Hoosiers,” “Rudy,” “The Untouchables,” and “The Babe,” has sadly passed away at the age of 78. His death occurred due to cancer at his residence in Rolling Prairie, Indiana. The announcement of his demise was made by his friend Betty Hoeffner in a heartfelt Facebook post.

Iconic Roles of Robert Swan: From ‘Hoosiers’ Basketball Drama to ‘Rudy’ Priest

Notable for playing an assistant basketball coach in “Hoosiers” (1986) and a priest in “Rudy” (1993), Swan’s versatile career spanned TV and film over the span of two decades.


His appearances included TV movies and shows like “The Dollmaker,” “All My Children,” “The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo,” “Walking Tall,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “Spencer For Hire.” A Chicago native, Swan also graced the stage in various productions, including portraying the Balladeer in Brian Friel’s Broadway play “The Freedom of the City” in 1974.

Memorable Big Screen Moments: Robert Swan’s Versatility Shines

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Swan’s on-screen versatility was evident through his roles as a biker in “Doctor Detroit” (1983), a fire chief in “Grandview, U.S.A.” (1984), a Mountie Captain in “The Untouchables” (1987), and a bartender in “Backdraft” (1991). He also portrayed detectives in “Who’s That Girl” (1987) and “Mo’ Money” (1992). Notably, Swan portrayed Babe Ruth’s father in “The Babe” (1992), adding depth to his dynamic career.

Robert Swan’s talent enriched various entertainment mediums and will be fondly remembered by fans and colleagues alike.