Taylor Wily, ‘Hawaii Five-0’ and ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ Actor, Dies at 56

The former sumo wrestler competed in the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship bout in 1993

Taylor Wily
WAIKIKI, HI – NOVEMBER 10: Taylor Wily attends the Sunset on the Beach event celebrating season 8 of "Hawaii Five-0" at Queen's Surf Beach on November 10, 2017 in Waikiki, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

Taylor Wily, the UFC fighter-turned-character-actor who appeared in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and the CBS reboot of “Hawaii Five-O,” has died, according to a local TV station in Hawaii. He was 56.

Wily’s death was first reported by KITV 4 Island News; a cause was not given. Wily, whose given name was Teila Tuli, appeared on the network drama for 171 episodes as Kamekona, a trusted informant who also appeared seven times on “Magnum P.I.”

Peter Lenkov, executive producer of both shows, shared a photo of himself Friday along with Wily and the caption: “I am devastated. Heartbroken. I’ll post some detailed feeling in a few days. Just too hard right now.”

Wily, a former ranked sumo wrestler, competed in the very first bout held by the then-fledgling Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993. He lost to Gerard Gordeau, a fight that barely lasted into the first round; Gordeau, a French kickboxing expert, caught his oversized opponent with a punch in the mouth that knocked out several teeth as he advanced.

Wily never competed in mixed martial arts again, but instead pursued acting. He landed a role in the Hawaii-based comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” as a hotel worker who befriends the Jason Segel’s character.

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