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Subject: Rosey Grier was a bodyguard for RFK during the 1968 election


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Sadly, he wasn't able to save him on June 5, 1968
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Date Posted: Friday, April 07, 02:10:43pm
In reply to: It's been years since I saw the film so I'm not sure if he was in it. 's message, "IMDb says Rosie Grier has an uncredited role in "In Cold Blood" if that's true then I would consider it to be his best film regardless of whether he's credited or not." on Friday, April 07, 02:04:39pm

Grier served as a bodyguard for his friend, United States senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. He was guarding Ethel Kennedy, the Senator's wife, who was then expecting a child, the night that Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles in 1968. Grier and Olympic decathlon gold medalist Rafer Johnson heard shots fired ahead of them. As Grier caught up he saw men wrestling with gunman Sirhan Sirhan. Grier jumped into the fray. Grier states, "So I see George Plimpton has the gun pointed at his face, and I'm concerned that it is going to go off, so I put my hand under the trigger housing and I pulled back the hammer so it couldn't strike. I wrench the gun from Sirhan. I find the pin and I ripped it out and held it. Now I have the gun in my hand, so I shove it in my pocket." Grier later said, "I grabbed the man's legs and dragged him onto a table. There was a guy angrily twisting the killer's legs and other angry faces coming towards him, as though they were going to tear him to pieces. I fought them off. I would not allow more violence."

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