He’s that big guy you recognise on the screen. He’s that guy who did that movie with Van Damme, He is Ogre. He is Don Gibb!
Before becoming a Hero of Cult, Gibb was raised in California, Gibb attended Notre Dame high school in Sherman Oaks California. Upon graduation he went to the University of New Mexico on a basketball scholarship, where he joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He then transferred to University of San Diego to play football. He went on to play basketball for the University of San Diego team on scholarship. Gibb played briefly for the San Diego Chargers before turning to acting, beginning with small, uncredited roles in Stripes, Conan the Barbarian, and a few adverts…
Gibb is best known for his “Ogre” character portrayed first in Revenge of the Nerds and later in Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise and Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love. Chugging beer from a trophy, throwing nerds off fraternity buildings and competing in belching contests, Gibb gleefully played up his former days as a college football jock.
Gibb’s other famous recurring role was in a string of martial arts pictures. As American kumite entrant named Ray Jackson, he starred alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport, and alone in the 1996 Bloodsport sequel.
Gibb has appeared in more than 25 movies including Jocks and Amazon Women on the Moon. Subsequently, he also played a small role in the PC game Zork: Grand Inquisitor as the man in the third portal with Lucy and can be seen in a bit role in the film Hancock, starring Will Smith.
On television, Gibb reached widespread notoriety on HBO’s 1st & Ten, as Leslie “Dr. Death” Krunchner, a linebacker. Gibb played the role from 1984 until 1991, making him one of the few members of the fictional California Bulls to last the entire seven-year run. After, he played the illiterate biker Scab on the 1992 Fox sitcom Stand By Your Man, which co-starred Melissa Gilbert and Rosie O’Donnell, and played small roles in Quantum Leap, MacGyver, Night Court, Cheers, Renegade, The X-Files and Step by Step.
Playing supporting roles in movies like Meatballs Part 2 (1984), Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), Jocks (1986), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), and 2 of the 3 Revenge of the Nerds sequels, Gibb was never awarded a starring spot, although he did co-star as Dan Storm in American Tigers (1996).
A particularly curious film that he also co-starred in was 1993’s Breakfast of Aliens, the story of “lovable loser” Walter Clydepepper, an aspiring comedian who accidentally eats an alien in his cereal one morning and becomes a hilarious (and deadly) insult comic
Gibb is the spokesman and co-owner for Chicago bar, Trader Todd’s, through which Gibb is marketing Ogre beer, which is named after his iconic character in Revenge of the Nerds.
He can be seen portraying a pillager in the Capital One (credit card) “Pillagers” commercial series. In the commercials, he can be spotted as the pillager who smashes the musician’s violin at a dinner table, or being told by a make-up artist that “you are definitely an Autumn,” or as the pillager who breaks the lobsters open with a war mace.
Pamela Susan Shoop