It’s my opinion that Clubber Lang is easily one of the best if not the best sports movie villain of all time. And it got me thinking. Have there been any sports villain lists? Yeah, there have. There have actually been plenty. But I will admit this. I was one of the first. I wrote this back in 2008 and it still holds up today. Plus I think many lists still forget some key villains that I’ve included. And speaking of Rocky movies, was Apollo really a villain in Rocky? He was more of a villain in Rocky II. Definitely took on more of an enemy tone. In the first one he was actually diplomatic (even though it was an act). In any event, here’s my list of sports movie villains, all 16 of them.
This list is in no particular order.
Judge Smails in Caddyshack
Played by Ted Knight. “I guess you don’t, I guess you don’t.” Man I love when he says “How about a Fresca?” You just can’t beat Ted Knight in this role. He’s absolutely amazing. Just his waspy, snotty way. It’s so perfect for a country club spoof movie. The movie never would have made it without him.
The Duke (Duke Temple) in Major League
Played by Steve Yeager. Headhunting relief pitcher Duke. Definitely intimating, and definitely scary.
Rod in Breaking Away
Played by Hart Bochner. Really? His name is Hart Bochner? You might also remember this guy as the cocaine sniffer Ellis in Die Hard. In Breaking Away he plays the rich boy Indiana student who harasses the main characters calling them “cutters.” Great scene is when he swims against Dennis Quaid. That and when he loses the bike race at the end.
Ivan Drago in Rocky IV
Played by Dolph Lundgren. “If he dies, he dies.” Enough said. OK fine. “I must break you.”
Charles Comiskey in Eight Men Out
Played by Clifton James. It’s a toss up between this guy, Rachel Phelps, and The Judge (both featured in this list) for who is the scummiest baseball team owner. It’s definitely a close race. This movie made Comiskey out to be the cheapest owner in history.