Ronald "Tiny Ron" Taylor
is an American
film actor and former basketball player
. He is possibly best known for his roles as Lothar in The Rocketeer
) and Roc in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
), both roles that exploited his 7 foot tall frame and craggy features. He also played Al, the tall laboratory assistant whose face is never seen, in The Naked Gun
) and on the tv series Police Squad!
. He has also appeared on television, including several times on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
in the role of the Hupyrian alien Maihar'du.
Tiny Ron's nickname was given to him by an acting teacher when he applied to the Screen Actors Guild, since the name "Ron Taylor" was already in use by another actor. His teacher figured that in a niche category populated by actors with screen names such as "André the Giant," the name "Tiny Ron" would stand out.
Tiny Ron graduated from the University of Southern California, and played professional basketball in Austria in the 1970s before starting his film career.