Brushes With Greatness

by JasonIK75 | created - 06 Aug 2016 | updated - 26 Mar 2018 | Public

IMDB people I have met, listed in chronological order.

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1. Hulk Hogan

Actor | Rocky III

One of the greatest, most popular, most hated and charismatic wrestlers of all time, Hulk Hogan is one of the men who helped parlay the circus-like world of professional wrestling from cult following into the forefront of American entertainment. What many people who know about Hogan don't know is ...

I met him in February 1987.

2. Randy Savage

Actor | Spider-Man

One of the most colorful wrestlers in and out of the ring, Randy "Macho Man" Savage became a larger-than-life pop icon along with other wrestling superstars, such as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Snuka (aka "Superfly Jimmy Snuka"), Jesse Ventura and Dwayne Johnson (aka "The Rock").

When ...

1989.

3. Steve Vai

Soundtrack | Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

American guitarist, songwriter, composer and producer. He first learned guitar by studying under Joe Satriani and also studied at the Berklee College of Music. He started as a transcriptionist for Frank Zappa in 1978, joined his band in 1980 and stayed until 1983. He formed two separate bands, the ...

Paragon Music, Tampa, FL, 1989.

4. Eddie Vedder

Soundtrack | Into the Wild

Eddie Vedder was known in San Diego for being a surfer and a singer in the progressive rock band Bad Radio, where he sang in the 80's until he departed to join Pearl Jam in 1990. Right before Eddie left, Bad Radio opened for Andy Summers at the Bucchanal in San Diego. After the show, Eddie jumped ...

Los Angeles, Summer 1992. I was on USY on Wheels, a Jewish youth group bus trip all around the U.S. We just happened to be in the same hotel that the Lollapalooza tour was in at the time.

5. Frederic W. Barnes

Actor | Dave

Frederic W. Barnes is an actor, known for Dave (1993), Independence Day (1996) and Summer's Gone (1999).

He gave a speech at Goucher College when I was attending there in 1993. He signed my copy of the September 20 and 27, 1993 "The New Republic."

6. Jack Kemp

Self | Chicago Hope

Jack Kemp was born on July 13, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jack French Kemp Jr. He was married to Joanne Main. He died on May 2, 2009 in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

19th Annual Jerry Ford Invitational Presents Jerry Ford & Friends Benefit Concert, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail, CO, August 14, 1995.

7. Warren Zevon

Soundtrack | Looper

The son of a gangster who was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and a Mormon Midwestern mother of English descent, Warren Zevon overcame a difficult childhood and an ill-fated start as a folk-rock-singer in the 1960s to establish himself as one of the most offbeat and intelligent singer-songwriters in ...

Various concerts.

8. Randy Newman

Soundtrack | The Princess and the Frog

Randy Newman was born on November 28, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Randall Stuart Newman. He has been married to Gretchen Preece since 1990. They have two children. He was previously married to Roswitha Schmale.

The Bad Love Tour in 2000.

9. Butch Miller

Actor | WWF Superstars of Wrestling

Retired New Zealander professional wrestler known for his work as a member of the tag team the Sheepherders in Mid-South Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida and other promotions and as the Bushwhackers in WWE. Debuted in his native New Zealand in 1964 and formed the team with Luke ...

At "NWA Florida Back to Tradition," Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, FL, August 15, 2000.

10. Brian Wickens

Actor | WWF Superstars of Wrestling

Semi-retired New Zealander professional wrestler known for his work as a member of the tag team the Sheepherders in Mid-South Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida and other promotions and as the Bushwhackers in WWE. Debuted in his native New Zealand in 1964 and formed the team with Butch ...

At "NWA Florida Back to Tradition," Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, FL, August 15, 2000 and at "Wrestling Returns to the Armory," Bryan Glazer Family JCC, Tampa, FL, September 26, 2017.

11. Rick Michaels

Director | WWW Girl Fight XIV

Rick Michaels was born on September 8, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Raymond Rawls. He is an actor and director, known for WWW Girl Fight XIV (2016), WWE Jakked (1999) and NWA: Total Nonstop Action (2002).

Of the tag team Bad Attitude with David Young (David Williams), NWA Florida Back to Tradition. They defeated Triple XXX (Curtis Thompson and Drake Dawson) for the NWA World Tag Team Titles that night.

12. Curtis Thompson

Actor | WCW Saturday Night

Retired American professional wrestler who competed from 1987 to 2005. He debuted for the National Wrestling Alliance in North Carolina and would compete for the WWC (World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico), WCW, WWE, Stampede Wrestling, the North American Wrestling Association/South Atlantic Pro ...

NWA Florida Back to Tradition.

13. David Williams

Actor | TNA Xplosion

American professional wrestler as David Young. Debuted in 1989 at the age of 17. He has for National Championship Wrestling (North Carolina), WCW, North Georgia Wrestling Alliance, various National Wrestling Alliance promotions, WWE, TNA, Pro Wrestling ZERO-One, Ring of Honor and many others. ...

NWA Florida Back to Tradition.

14. Paul Jason Seguin

Actor | WCW Saturday Night

Retired American professional wrestler known for his work in various Florida independent promotions as "Iceman" Buck Quartermaine. Debuted in 1991 and competed for several promotions for years, including IPW, FCW (not to be confused with WWE's developmental promotion of the same name), FWF, ICWA, ...

NWA Florida Back to Tradition.

15. Dory Funk Jr.

Actor | World Wide Wrestling

Semi-retired American professional wrestler and trainer who had great success all over the world. Prior to wrestling, he was one of the many future stars who played football for West Texas State University. He debuted in 1963 after training under his father Dory Funk Sr. and Lou Thesz. While ...

At the December 19, 2004 taping of his Funking Conservatory !Bang! show in Ocala, FL, and again at CWF FanFest 2015.

16. Chris Jericho

Actor | MacGruber

American-born, Canadian-raised professional wrestler, rock singer, actor and author. Debuted in 1990 in Calgary after training in the Hart Family Dungeon. He competed for Stampede Wrestling, for the Canadian National Wrestling Alliance (no connection to the National Wrestling Alliance) and West ...

At a Barnes and Noble in Tampa at a booksigning for his autobiography A Lion's Tale on October 25, 2007, shortly before his return to WWE.

17. Herschell Gordon Lewis

Director | This Stuff'll Kill Ya!

Only one film-maker can claim the title "Godfather of Gore." That peculiar but apt identification seems to be the exclusive property of Herschell Gordon Lewis. With an unusual background that included teaching English Literature to college students, producing and directing television commercials, ...

Screening of "Blood Feast", Channelside Film Festival, Channelside Cinemas Theatre 3, Tampa, FL, March 1, 2008.

18. David F. Friedman

Producer | Matinee Idol

David F. Friedman was born in Birmingham, Alabama. His father was a local newspaperman and his mother was a professional musician who played the piano and organ in silent-movie theaters and in churches. Friedman was exposed to the adult world at the age of four or five when his parents took him out...

Channelside Film Festival.

19. Gail Kim

Actress | TNA iMPACT! Wrestling

Korean-Canadian professional wrestler known for her work for WWE and TNA. She attended secondary school at York Memorial Collegiate Institute. She was a natural athlete and participated in many sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, badminton. Gail Kim enrolled in the University ...

Florida Championship Wrestling, FCW Arena, Tampa, FL, October 15, 2009.

20. Norman Smiley

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

One of the most versatile professional wrestlers of all time, Norman Smiley has wrestled in England, Mexico, Japan, and in the U.S., becoming very proficient in each wrestling style. He is most known for his stay in WCW from 1997 to 2001. He spent the first couple of years there as a low-card ...

At a Florida Championship Wrestling taping, and again at CWF FanFest 2015.

21. Christina Von Eerie

Actress | TNA iMPACT! Wrestling

American professional wrestler known for her work for SHIMMER, SHINE, AAA, CZW and other promotions as Christina Von Eerie and for TNA as Toxxin. Debuted in 2006 and competed for several promotions in California, including All Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Revolution, Xtreme Pro Wrestling, ...

"SHINE I," the Orpheum, Ybor City, Florida, July 20, 2012.

22. Jamar Shipman

Actor | TNA iMPACT! Wrestling

African-American professional wrestler best known for his work for Ring of Honor and TNA as Jay Lethal. Made his in-ring debut for Jersey All Pro Wrestling at "JAPW Class of 2001 Student Show" on October 26, 2001 with a win over Dixie (Brian Brower). Competed over 2002 for JAPW and Jersey ...

At SHINE I. He was a guest who arrived after the show proper ended.

23. Shannon Spruill

Actress | WCW Monday Nitro

Daffney grew up in an Air Force base in Germany. Her father is now a retired Lietenant colonel, and she has lived in a suburb of Atlanta since the seventh grade. She was initially signed by WCW for a 4 week stint but impressed WCW Executives with her work and was therefore offered a long term ...

At SHINE I.

24. Sara Amato

Actress | CHIKARA Cibernetico Increible

American professional wrestler and trainer from Martinez, California as Sara Del Rey. Debuted in 2001 and was initially billed as "Nikki" for All Pro Wrestling in Northern California. Has competed for SHIMMER, CHIKARA, Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling IRON, SHINE Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and...

At SHINE I.

25. Carlene Moore

Actress | WWF SmackDown!

African-American female professional wrestler, trainer and valet as Jazz. She first trained under the Junkyard Dog (Sylvester Ritter) and then under Rod Price after Ritter died. She started in 1998 under the name Jazzmyn before settling on Jazz, which she chose herself. Her debut match was against ...

At SHINE I.

26. Santana Garrett

Actress | TNA One Night Only

Santana Garrett was born on May 22, 1988 in Ocala, Florida, USA. She is an actress, known for TNA One Night Only (2013), QOC 6 (2015) and WSU Uncensored Rumble 6 (2013).

At SHINE I.

27. Edward Moore

Actor | Chikara: King of Trios 2008 - Night I

American professional wrestler from Yonkers, NY as Eddie Kingston. Made his in-ring debut teaming with "Black" Jack Marciano as the Wild Cards with a victory over the Senior Assault Team (Lester Crabtree and Melvin Snodgrass) at CHIKARA's October 12, 2002 show, which was released on VHS under the ...

CHIKARA Just Shadows in the Fog, The Orpheum, Ybor City, FL, March 8, 2013.

28. Green Ant

Actor | CHIKARA Cibernetico Increible

American professional wrestler known for his work in CHIKARA. First appeared on screen during the Masks vs. Hair match between the Colony (Fire Ant and Soldier Ant) and Team F.I.S.T. (Icarus and Chuck Taylor) at "CHIKARA Aniversario Yang" on May 24, 2009. Made his in-ring debut in the Colony (Fire/...

CHIKARA Just Shadows in the Fog.

29. Dasher Hatfield

Actor | CHIKARA Aniversario?

American professional wrestler best known for his work for CHIKARA. His first gimmick was Create-A-Wrestler, based on an option on wrestling video games. In this role, he debuted in a loss to Chuck Taylor (Dustin Howard) at "CHIKARA King of Trios 2007 Night III" on February 17, 2007. CHIKARA held a...

CHIKARA Just Shadows in the Fog.

30. Mark Angelosetti

Actor | The Stan Stylez Intergender Bonanza

American professional wrestler known for his work for CHIKARA, Beyond Wrestling and other promotions. Started his career as Mark Angel and competed for Beyond Wrestling, the World Wide Wrestling Association, Pro Xcitement Wrestling, CLASH Wrestling (Collective League of Adrenaline Strength and ...

CHIKARA Just Shadows in the Fog.

31. Ronald Grams

Actor | CHIKARA Tag World Grand Prix 2005, Night 1

American professional wrestler known for his work for CHIKARA as Icarus. Debuted at CHIKARA's very first show "CHIKARA The Renaissance Dawns" on May 25, 2002 as Ichabod Slayne, a masked zombie gimmick as a member of the rudo (heel/bad guy) team the Night Shift with Blind Rage (Timothy P. Vassa) and...

CHIKARA Just Shadows in the Fog.

32. Johnny Gargano

Actor | WWE NXT

Johnny Gargano is an actor, known for WWE NXT (2010), NXT TakeOver: New Orleans (2018) and WWE SmackDown Live (1999). He has been married to Candice Dawson since 2016.

Team F.I.S.T. CHIKARA Just Shadows in the Fog.

33. Jamar Wilson

Actor | CHIKARA Cibernetico Increible

African-American professional wrestler from Augusta, Georgia. Started in the Georgia independent scene first under the name Carl Wilson then as Kareem Abdul Jamar (based off of pro basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). He won his first title, the GCW (Great Championship Wrestling in Alabama) Tag ...

Sugar Dunkerton of Team F.I.S.T. CHIKARA Just Shadows in the Fog.

34. Ken Jennings

Actor | The Simpsons

Ken Jennings was born on May 23, 1974 in Edmonds, Washington, USA as Kenneth Wayne Jennings III. He is known for his work on The Simpsons (1989), Red Dead Redemption II (2018) and The (206) (2013). He has been married to Mindy Boam Jennings since September 16, 2000. They have two children.

Trivia Championships of North America, Tropicana Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2014.

35. Dean Malenko

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Retired American professional wrestler best known for his work for ECW and WCW during the 1990s. He is the son of the late wrestling legend Boris Malenko. He debuted in Florida in 1979 and proceeded to work all over the world, particularly in Japan. He teamed with his brother Joe for years. He also...

CWF FanFest 2015, Jewish Community Center, Tampa, FL, June 11, 2015.

36. Gerald Brisco

Producer | WWE: The Bash

Gerald Brisco was born on January 24, 1950 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA as Floyd Gerald Brisco. He is an actor and producer, known for WWE: The Bash (2009), WWE Raw (1993) and WCW Worldwide Wrestling (1975).

CWF FanFest 2015 and at Wrestling Returns to the Armory.

37. Brian Blair

Actor | Silent Times

Brian Blair was born on January 12, 1954 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Brian Leslie Blair. He is an actor and producer, known for Silent Times (2018), Lolipop Gang (2019) and Killer Bees Society. He has been married to Toni Sabella since July 12, 1986. They have two children. He was previously married ...

CWF FanFest 2015.

38. Terry Funk

Actor | Road House

Funk has strong wrestling bloodlines. His dad, Dory Funk Sr., was a well-known grappler from the 1940s to the 1970s, and his brother, Dory Funk Jr., wrestled from 1963 until the early 90s, and won the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) world heavyweight championship in 1969. Funk, himself, became ...

CWF FanFest 2015.

39. Jimmy Hart

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

American professional wrestling manager, booker, composer and promoter from Memphis, Tennessee. He was a member of the 1960s band The Gentrys, best known for their hit "Keep On Dancing." He started his career in 1974 after being brought into the business by Jerry Lawler, Memphis' top star. He ...

CWF FanFest 2015.

40. David Penzer

Actor | In Your Face: The Lost Episodes of the XWF

Former professional wrestling ring announcer for the Global Wrestling Alliance in South Florida, WCW and TNA. Started with WCW in 1995 and became the ring announcer after Gary Michael Cappetta left. He attended every episode of WCW Monday Nitro (1995) and WCW Thunder (1998). Left after WWE ...

CWF FanFest 2015.

41. Richard Blood

Actor | World Wide Wrestling

Retired American professional wrestler of Japanese descent as Ricky Steamboat. He trained under Verne Gagne, and first made his name in the old Mid-Atlantic territory in the Carolinas. He had many legendary matches and feuds with Ric Flair, culminating in their epic "Holy Trilogy" of matches at WCW...

CWF FanFest 2015.

42. Steve Keirn

Actor | WWF Superstars of Wrestling

Steve Keirn was born on September 10, 1951 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Stephen Paul Keirn. He is known for his work on WWF Superstars (1986), World Wrestling Federation (1973) and WWF Prime-Time Wrestling (1985). He has been married to Teresa Lynn Chapman since February 24, 1980. He was previously ...

Of the Fabulous Ones, one of my favorite teams ever. CWF FanFest 2015 and at Wrestling Returns to the Armory.

43. Lanny Poffo

Actor | Pro Wrestling USA

Lanny Poffo was born on December 28, 1954 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada as Lanny Mark Poffo. He is an actor, known for Pro Wrestling USA (1984), WWF Championship Wrestling (1972) and WWF Superstars (1986). He was previously married to Sally.

CWF FanFest 2015.

44. Bill Alfonso

Actor | WWE Monday Night RAW

Bill Alfonso was born on August 11, 1957 in Tampa, Florida, USA. He is an actor, known for WWE Raw (1993), Women's Extreme Wrestling: Busted in Miami (2002) and ECW Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams (1995).

Referee for WCW, Florida and WWE before becoming an evil referee for ECW and later the manager for Taz, Sabu and Rob Van Dam. CWF FanFest 2015.

45. Fred Ottman

Actor | Saturday Night's Main Event

Fred Ottman was born on August 10, 1956 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA as Fred Wayne Ottman. He is an actor, known for Saturday Night's Main Event (1985), WWF Superstars (1986) and WWE Raw (1993). He has been married to Sheila Ottman since August 31, 2011. He was previously married to Bobbi Rodriguez.

"Wrestling Returns to the Armory."

46. Buddy Colt

Buddy Colt was born as Ron Reed.

"Wrestling Returns to the Armory"

47. Joe Malenko

Self | Clash of the Champions XIX

Joe Malenko was born on June 4, 1955 in Tampa, Florida, USA.

"Wrestling Returns to the Armory"



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