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Overview (5)

Born in Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died in Florida, USA  (kidney failure)
Birth NameWilliam James Myers
Nickname The Detroit Dandy
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

George 'The Animal' Steele ( his professional wrestling name) was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA as William James Myers. He was a wrestling superstar in the WWF where he was joined by his daughter the Elizabeth, and son in law Randy "Macho Man" Savage. He had a public image of a wild type of creature that chewed on the turn buckles and sported a green tongue. In the 1990s he became an actor, known for Blowfish (1997) and Used Cars (1997). George was perhaps best known for playing the monstrous Tor Johnson in Ed Wood (1994). He was married to Patricia Randolph. He died on February 16, 2017 in Florida.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Blogmonstermike.WordPress

Spouse (1)

Patricia Randolph (7 March 1955 - 16 February 2017) (his death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (2)

During his wrestling matches, ripping apart turnbuckles and throwing the stuffing at his opponents.
Green tongue

Trivia (21)

Former professional wrestler
His trademark in the ring was biting off turnbuckles.
After years of wrestling as a "heel," Steele turned good in the fall of 1985, wherein during a six-man tag-team match, his partners Khosrow Vaziri (Iron Sheik) and Josip Peruzovic (Nikolai Volkoff) turned against him. Fans took pity on Steele, who turned his character from a wild beast into a feral neanderthal-type who uttered one- and two-word sentences and evoked sympathy.
First wrestled as "The Student," a masked wrestler. A wrestling promoter in Pittsburgh, PA, gave Steele his most famous wrestling name, while fans nicknamed him "the Animal" for his naturally hairy body.
His green tongue was the result of eating green Clorettes candy before his matches.
His lisp (another one of his trademarks) was the result of a childhood football accident, wherein he nearly lost his tongue.
His most famous WWF feud was with Randy Savage in 1986 and 1987. The feud, which centered on Steele's huge crush on Savage's beautiful manager, Miss Elizabeth (Elizabeth Hulette), was originally intended to last three months. However, the "Beauty and the Beast" feud was such a hit it was extended through all of 1986 and into 1987. At one point Steele teamed with Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat (Richard Blood), Hulk Hogan and former enemy Bruno Sammartino--whom Steele nearly defeated for the WWF title in a memorable 1970 steel cage match--in tag team matches against Savage and a partner (usually "Adorable" Adrian Adonis).
In 1988 carried a hand-puppet called "Mine" to the ring, which he frequently used during his matches.
His trademark of ripping apart ring turnbuckles and throwing the stuffing in his opponent's face started during a match with Chief Jay Strongbow in the late 1960s. According to WWE Raw magazine, Steele recalled that the match was not going well when he looked at the turnbuckle and got an idea.
Played defensive tackle at Michigan State in the late 1950s.
Retired from full-time wrestling in 1989 after suffering from Crohn's disease. He continued as a road agent and made occasional wrestling appearances.
When not wrestling, was a coach and physical education teacher at his alma mater in suburban Detroit. During the school year, he wrestled at various arena shows across Michigan.
His role in Ed Wood (1994) was that of another famous, and very similar professional wrestler, Tor Johnson (known in the ring as "The Super Swedish Angel"). Unlike his own wrestling character, he was able to speak for this role.
During his professional wrestling days, his colleagues regarded him as one of the strongest men in the ring.
For his role as Tor Johnson in Ed Wood (1994), he worked with a dialog coach for three weeks to recreate Johnson's Swedish accent.
Despite his size, he is very fast and agile. For his role as Tor Johnson' in Ed Wood (1994), he was fitted with heavy shoes to slow him down and recreate Johnson's lumbering walk.
On January 10, 2000, Steele made his one and only appearance on WCW Television when he defeated Jeff Jarrett in a "bunkhouse brawl" with help from Arn Anderson and Chris Benoit.
Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005.
Dislocated the shoulder of an opponent while executing his submission move.
Published author.
WWE Hall of Famer.

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