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Gus Rethwisch: What Really Happened To Buzzsaw From The Running Man

Known for his role as Buzzsaw, Gus Rethwisch has left Hollywood to a quieter life centered around fitness and strength training. Here is what the former actor was up to through all those years after the 1987 film ‘The Running Man.’

After his role as Buzzsaw in the 1987 action film ‘The Running Man,’ Gus Rethwisch faded from the public eye. Let’s see what the actor has been doing during his journey post-Hollywood and learn whether he will return to the scenes.

Who Is Gus Rethwisch?

Born on February 3, 1947, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Gus Rethwisch is now 76. Before venturing into acting, Rethwisch gained fame after finishing fifth in the World’s Strongest Man competition in 1978. He also served in the U.S. Navy.

Rethwisch’s acting career was marked by roles that leaned on his physical appearance. After debuting as Gregori in ‘The Concorde… Airport ’79,’ he appeared in ‘Hawaii Five-0’ and ‘Magnum, P.I.’ His most notable role was ‘The Running Man,’ where he portrayed Buzzsaw.

Rethwisch’s filmography also includes ‘House II: The Second Story,’ ‘Twins,’ ‘Crossing the Mob,’ ‘Fist Fighter,’ ‘Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II,’ ‘The Ride,’ and ‘The Scorpion King.’

Why Did Rethwisch Disappear From the Public Eye?

Despite the potential for a more extended acting career, Rethwisch chose a different path.

There’s no public record of an accident or incident that might have ended his acting pursuits. Instead, his life after Hollywood remained largely private, with only snippets of information surfacing. Known for his participation in bench weightlifting competitions, Rethwisch has likely continued his involvement in the fitness world.

One of the roles Rethwisch holds today is as the president of the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL). He also advocates for deadlifting due to its benefits for the entire body.

At 76, with a history of open-heart surgery and a current weight of about 265 lbs, a significant reduction from his 352 lbs during ‘The Running Man,’ a return to acting appears unlikely for Rethwisch. Instead, his focus seems to be on maintaining health, fitness, and strength sports.

Gus Rethwisch’s Net Worth In 2023

Regarding his net worth, estimates vary. As per, he has a net worth of $15 million. However, other sources claim it’s ranging from $300,000 to $1 million. This figure likely results from Gus’ earnings from his acting career, military service, and involvement in the fitness industry.



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