Deceased Wrestlers

by Bostonceltics6 | created - 13 Sep 2015 | updated - 13 Sep 2015 | Public

A complete list of wrestlers who have died, at least the ones IMDb has in their database.

1. Stan Frazier

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Frazier was a professional wrestler from 1960 until 1991. He weighed 450-plus pounds and stood over seven feet tall. He had several successful identities over the years including: The Convict, Plowboy Frazier and The Giant Rebel. His greatest fame arrived in the role of "Uncle Elmer" for the World ...

Uncle Elmer August 16, 1937 - July 1, 1992

2. André the Giant

Actor | The Princess Bride

André René Roussimoff was born in a small farming community in Grenoble, France to Boris and Marian Rouismoff. His parents and four siblings were all of normal size, but André suffered from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone. As the ...

Andre the Giant May 19, 1946 - January 27, 1993

3. Kerry Von Erich

Actor | Problem Child

Kerry Adkisson was born on February 3, 1960, to Jack and Doris Adkisson. Jack was a wrestler, so most of Jack's children followed in his footsteps (one child, Jack Adkisson, Jr., tragically died in 1959 from electrocution). Kerry was a standout discus thrower at University of Houston, and actually ...

The Texas Tornado February 3, 1960 - February 18, 1993

4. Dino Bravo

Actor | The Skin Trade

Dino Bravo was born on December 28, 1969 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is an actor.

Dino Bravo August 6, 1948 - March 11, 1993

5. Big John Studd

Actor | Micki + Maude

John Minton, or Big John Studd as he would eventually be known, was born on February 19th, 1948, in Butler, Pennsylvania. He started training to be a professional wrestler under 'Walter 'Killer' Kowalski' at the age of 18. He first worked for the WWF (then the WWWF) under the name Chuck O'Connor, ...

Big John Studd February 19, 1948 - March 20, 1995

6. Brian Pillman

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Brian Pillman makes the list of a long line of tragic deaths in wrestling. He had endured 36 throat operations as a child. Pillman played football in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984 and in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders. It was in Calgary where he met Owen Hart (who also died at a ...

Brian Pillman May 22, 1962 - October 5, 1997

7. Sylvester Ritter

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

The man who would eventually become known as the Junk Yard Dog was born on December 13, 1953, in Wadesboro, North Carolina. He played football & wrestled in high school and was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1975 after graduating from Fayetville State University, but was cut after blowing out his...

The Junkyard Dog December 13, 1953 - June 2, 1998

8. Rick Rude

Self | Survivor Series

The wrestler who would eventually become known as Ravishing Rick Rude was born Richard Erwin Rood on December 7th, 1958. He spent his childhood in Robinsdale, Minnesota, and had an early childhood friendship with future pro wrestler Curt Hennig. Rood broke into the business after a stint as a ...

"Ravishing" Rick Rude December 7, 1958 - April 20, 1999

9. Owen Hart

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Owen Hart was one of twelve children from a legendary Canadian wrestling family. His brother Bret is also one of the most well known wrestlers of all time. Owen was one of the best wrestlers in the business and his major accomplishments include being the 1994 King of the Ring, former ...

Owen Hart May 7, 1965 - May 23, 1999

10. Gorilla Monsoon

Actor | WWF Prime-Time Wrestling

Robert James Marella was born in Rochester, New York, USA . After being a WWF Champion and President, he became known for his work on WWE Raw (1993), WWF Challenge (1986) and WWF Prime-Time Wrestling (1985). He also hosted many Wrestlemanias with Jesse Ventura.He was married to Maureen Hess for 40 ...

Gorilla Monsoon June 4, 1937 - October 6, 1999

11. Yokozuna

Actor | WWE Monday Night RAW

The man who would eventually become known as Yokozuna was born in San Francisco on October 22, 1966. He came from a wrestling family, as his uncles were Afa Anoai and Sika Anoai. He was trained by his uncles and Sam Fatu as a teenager and wrestled in Alabama and the USWA under the name Kokina Anoai...

Yokozuna October 6, 1966 - October 23, 2000

12. Davey Boy Smith

Actor | WCW Saturday Night

Davey Boy Smith was born on November 27, 1962 in Manchester, England as David Boy Smith. He was an actor, known for NWA World Championship Wrestling: Saturday Edition (1985), WCW Monday Nitro (1995) and WWE SmackDown Live (1999). He was married to Diana Hart. He died on May 18, 2002 in Invermere, ...

The British Bulldog/Davey Boy Smith November 27, 1962 - May 18, 2002

13. Curt Hennig

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Curt Hennig was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the son of one of wrestlings all time legends - Larry Hennig - Aka Larry The Ax Hennig. Curtbegan training to follow in his fathers footsteps when he was just 12 years old. Starting off in the AWA - Curt began his career as a tag team wrestler. He...

Mr. Perfect March 28, 1958 - February 10, 2003

14. Elizabeth Hulette

Actress | World Wide Wrestling

Pro wrestling's Miss Elizabeth was born in Frankfort, KY in 1960, and grew up in Kentucky. According to the WWF's Spotlight magazine, Elizabeth enjoyed walks through the meadows and horses during her childhood. She earned a degree in communications from the University of Kentucky. She rose to ...

Miss Elizabeth November 19, 1960 - May 1, 2003

15. Freddie Blassie

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Fred Blassie was born and raised in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. Accounts about his early athletic career do not quite agree, but he first tried to make his mark as a boxer, despite warnings that his arms were too short. After being pounded by a longer-limbed opponent, he switched to professional...

"Classy" Freddie Blassie February 8, 1918 - June 2, 2003

16. Mike Hegstrand

Actor | AWA All-Star Wrestling

Mike Hegstrand was born on January 26, 1957 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Michael James Hegstrand. He was an actor, known for AWA All-Star Wrestling (1960), Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993) and WCW Monday Nitro (1995). He was married to Dale Watts and Judy Pendzimas. He died on October 19, ...

Road Warrior Hawk September 12, 1957 - October 19, 2003

17. Ray Traylor

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Ray Traylor was born on May 2, 1963 in Marietta, Georgia, USA as Ray Washington Traylor Jr. He was an actor, known for WCW Monday Nitro (1995), WWE SmackDown Live (1999) and NWA World Championship Wrestling: Saturday Edition (1985). He was married to Angela Easterwood. He died on September 22, 2004...

The Big Boss Man May 2, 1963 - September 22, 2004

18. Eddie Guerrero

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

One of the great Hispanic wrestlers, Eddie Guerrero grew up part of the famous wrestling family: The Guerreros. His father Gory Guerrero became a star in the U.S., an icon in Texas and a legend in Mexico. Eddie's brothers, Hector, Amadno and Chavo, Sr. also became wrestlers. Both Hector and Amando ...

Eddie Guerrero October 9, 1967 - November 13, 2005

19. John Tenta

Actor | WCW Saturday Night

Deceased Canadian Sumo turned professional wrestler best known for his work for WWE from 1989 to 1993. He went undefeated as a Sumo wrestler but left the sport out of frustration with the lifestyle and knowing he would never get elevated to Yokozuna (Grand Champion) status. He trained in All Japan ...

Earthquake June 22, 1963 - June 7, 2006

20. Bam Bam Bigelow

Actor | Major Payne

Bam Bam Bigelow was born on September 1, 1961 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA as Scott Charles Bigelow. He was an actor, known for Major Payne (1995), Ready to Rumble (2000) and WCW Monday Nitro (1995). He was married to Dana Aurichio. He died on January 19, 2007 in Hudson, Florida, USA.

Bam Bam Bigelow September 1, 1961 - January 19, 2007

21. Ray Hernandez

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Ray Hernandez was born on May 7, 1956 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Ray Fernandez. He was an actor, known for WWF Championship Wrestling (1972), WWF Superstars (1986) and WWF All-Star Wrestling (1972). He was married to Debra Garcia. He died on March 6, 2004 in Tampa.

Hercules May 7, 1956 - March 6, 2007

22. Allen Coage

Actor | Stampede Wrestling

Allen J. Coage made history as the first African American to win a Judo Olympic Bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics and the second American to win a medal for the USA team. To date Allen Coage remains the only American heavyweight to win an Olympic medal in Judo. He also won a Gold medal for 1967 ...

Bad News Brown October 22, 1943 - March 6, 2007

23. Sherri Martel

Actress | WWF SmackDown!

Sherri Martel was born on February 8, 1958 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Sherry L Russell. She was an actress, known for WWE SmackDown Live (1999), NWA World Championship Wrestling: Saturday Edition (1985) and WCW Monday Nitro (1995). She was married to Robert Schrull. She died on June 15, 2007 in...

The Sensational Sherri February 8, 1958 - June 15, 2007

24. Chris Benoit

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Christopher Michael Benoit is a Canadian wrestler who was born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Michael and Margaret Benoit. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, from where he was billed throughout the bulk of his career. He had a sister living near Edmonton.

During his 22-year career, Benoit worked for ...

Chris Benoit May 21, 1967 - June 24, 2007

25. Brian Adams

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Brian Adams was born on April 14, 1964 in Kona, Hawaii, USA as Brian Keith Adams. He is known for his work on WWE SmackDown Live (1999), NWA World Championship Wrestling: Saturday Edition (1985) and WCW Monday Nitro (1995). He was married to Irene Yumiko. He died on August 13, 2007 in Tampa, ...

Crush April 14, 1964 - August 13, 2007

26. Lillian Ellison

Actress | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Lillian Ellison was born on July 22, 1923 in Tookiedoo, South Carolina, USA as Mary Lillian Ellison. She was an actress, known for WWF Championship Wrestling (1972), WWE SmackDown Live (1999) and WWF All-Star Wrestling (1972). She was married to Walter Carroll and Johnny Long. She died on November ...

The Fabulous Moolah July 22, 1923 - November 2, 2007

27. Conrad Efraim

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

S.D. "Special Delivery" Jones was a very popular wrestler for the WWF throughout most of the early to mid 1980s. He was mainly a jobber, which meant that he rarely won a match and was mainly used to put over other talent. Despite his lack of wins, he was one of the more popular wrestlers in the ...

SD Jones March 30, 1945 - October 26, 2008

28. Andrew Martin

Actor | 18 Wheels of Justice

Andrew Martin was born on March 17, 1975 in Whitby, Ontario, Canada as Andrew James Robert Patrick Martin. He was an actor, known for 18 Wheels of Justice (2000), WWE SmackDown Live (1999) and WWE Raw (1993). He died on March 12, 2009 in Tampa, Florida, USA.

Test March 17, 1975 - March 13, 2009

29. Lou Albano

Actor | Wise Guys

Lou Albano was born on July 29, 1933 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Louis Vincent Albano. He was an actor, known for Wise Guys (1986), The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989) and Stay Tuned (1992). He was married to Geraldine Tango. He died on October 14, 2009 in Westchester County, New York, USA.

Captain Lou Albano July 29, 1933 - October 14, 2009

30. Eddie Fatu

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Born on March 28th, 1973, Eddie Fatu, more widely known as WWE Wrestling Superstar "Umaga" came from a long line of Samoans wrestlers with a rich history.

Also known as "The Samoan Bulldozer," the 6' 4", 350-lb. wrestler earned a reputation for executing moves with more ease than one might expect ...

Umaga March 28, 1973 - December 4, 2009

31. Tony Halme

Actor | Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Tony Halme was born on January 6, 1963 in Helsinki, Finland as Tony Christian Halme. He is known for his work on Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), Shadow Warriors (1995) and American Tigers (1996). He was married to Katja Talus. He died on January 8, 2010 in Helsinki.

Ludvig Borga January 6, 1963 - January 8, 2010

32. Chris Kanyon

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Debuted in World Championship Wrestling in 1995 under the name Chris Kanyon. He was soon teamed up with Mark Starr, and they were given a construction workers gimmick and named Men At Work. In 1997 he became Mortis, a member of James Vandenberg's (James Mitchell) Collection Of Human Oddities. He ...

Chris Kanyon January 4, 1970 - April 2, 2010

33. Trudy Vachon

Actress | WCW Monday Nitro

Trudy Vachon was born on January 12, 1962 in Montréal, Québec, Canada as Gertrude Elizabeth Wilkerson. She was an actress, known for WCW Monday Nitro (1995), WXW Rage TV (1996) and WWE Raw (1993). She was married to David Heath, Dan Hurd and Tom Nash. She died on August 27, 2010 in Florida, USA.

Luna Vachon January 12, 1962 - August 27, 2010

34. Jorge Gonzáles

Actor | WCW Saturday Night

He was one of the world's tallest men to ever live. He played professional basketball as a center in his country at Gimnasia La Plata (won 2nd level championship) and Sport Club. He also played for the National Team from 1985 to 1988. Drafted by NBA's Atlanta Hawks in 1988, he had to quit after a ...

Giant Gonzales January 31, 1966 - September 22, 2010

35. Mike Shaw

Actor | WWE Monday Night RAW

Mike Shaw was born on May 9, 1957 in Marquette, Michigan, USA as Michael P Shaw. He was an actor, known for WWE Raw (1993), Stampede Wrestling (1957) and NWA World Championship Wrestling: Saturday Edition (1985). He was married to Kelly Crosby. He died on September 11, 2010 in Skandia, Michigan.

Bastion Booger May 9, 1957 - September 11, 2010

36. 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 ...

"Macho Man" Randy Savage Nov 15, 1952 - May 20, 2011

37. Chief Jay Strongbow

Actor | Spectrum Wrestling

"Chief" Jay Strongbow was arguably the most famous, beloved Native American wrestler of all time, and a consistent box office draw. As both a main event and mid-card performer, Strongbow was one of the most reliable, professional wrestlers of his, or any, day. A man who truly loved the wrestling ...

Chief Jay Strongbow October 4, 1928 - April 3, 2012

38. William Moody

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

William Moody went to Mobile's Catholic School, and later graduated from the McGill Institute. After enlisting in the U.S. Air Force and completing basic training, he recieved his honorable discharge and went straight into a Funeral Director service job.

Moody was a regular at Gulf Coast Wrestling ...

Paul Bearer April 10, 1954 - March 5, 2013

39. Matt Osborne

Actor | World Wide Wrestling

Matt Osborne was born on July 27, 1957 in Portland, Oregon, USA as Matthew Wade Osborne. He was an actor, known for WCW Worldwide Wrestling (1975), NWA World Championship Wrestling: Saturday Edition (1985) and WWF All-Star Wrestling (1972). He was married to Kathryn Whitney. He died on June 28, ...

Doink the Clown/Matt Borne July 27, 1957 - June 28, 2013

40. Nelson Frazier Jr.

Actor | WWE Monday Night RAW

Nelson Frazier Jr. was born on February 14, 1971 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA as Nelson Lee Frazier Jr. He was an actor, known for WWE Raw (1993), WWE SmackDown Live (1999) and WWF Superstars (1986). He was married to Cassandra. He died on February 18, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Viscera/Mabel/Big Daddy V February 14, 1972 - February 18, 2014

41. Jim Hellwig

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Standing out than the rest, Ultimate Warrior became one of the most popular wrestlers in the WWE (back then in the WWF). During his run from the 1980s-90s, Warrior became known for high high energy when running down to the ring with his music hits, shaking the ropes during his entrance, his ...

The Ultimate Warrior June 16, 1959 - April 8, 2014

42. Sean O'Haire

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Sean O'Haire was born on February 25, 1971 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA as Sean Christopher Haire. He was an actor, known for WCW Monday Nitro (1995), WWE SmackDown Live (1999) and WCW Thunder (1998). He was married to Joy Elizabeth. He died on September 9, 2014 in Spartanburg, South ...

Sean O'Haire February 25, 1971 - September 8, 2014

43. Dusty Rhodes

Writer | WWE Monday Night RAW

"The American Dream" has been one of the most popular and colorful professional wrestlers in history. Rhodes began wrestling in the 1960s and gained a reputation as a fast-talking, hard-rocking wrestler. He teamed early in his career with fellow Texan, the late Dick Murdoch, and, for more than 20 ...

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes October 12, 1945 - June 11, 2015

44. Roddy Piper

Actor | They Live

Roddy Piper was born Roderick George Toombs on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a pro wrestler from 1973-1987 in the NWA, Pacific Northwest, California. He was a longtime mainstay in the WWF, and was one of the biggest "bad guys" in the WWF during the early '80s, before ...

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper April 17, 1954 - July 31, 2015

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