Masked Maniac, The

On the sitcom LEARNING THE ROPES/SYN/1988-89, Robert Randall (Lyle Alzado), a dedicated vice-principal and high school history teacher moonlights as a wrestler named “The Masked Maniac” to make extra money for his family, which included his kids Ellen (Nicole Stoffman) and Mark (Yannick Bisson).


By day, Robert wore a suit and taught history at Ridgedale Valley Preparatory School; by night, he donned a black mask and played rough and tumble with a bunch of rowdy professional wrestlers.

When Robert’s children discovered their father was a wrestler, he swore them to secrecy because he didn’t want to lose his respectable day job at the school.

Steve “Dr. Death” Williams doubled for actor Lyle Alzado in the role of “The Masked Maniac.”


Note: Lyle Alzado was a former NFL defensive linesman who played with the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos from 1971 through 1991.

Born on April 3, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York, Lyle Alzado, died on May 14, 1992 in Portland, Oregon. He was 43.

The LEARNING THE ROPES TV series featured actual wrestlers from the National Wrestling Alliance.

See also“Learning The Ropes” – Intro @ You Tube


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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