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Overview (5)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died in Largo, Florida, USA
Birth NameRaymond Louis Heenan
Nicknames The Brain
The Weasel
Pretty Boy
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bobby Heenan was born on November 1, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Raymond Louis Heenan. He was an actor, known for WrestleMania V (1989), Saturday Night's Main Event (1985) and WWF Prime-Time Wrestling (1985). He was married to Cynthia Jean Perrett. He died on September 17, 2017 in Largo, Florida, USA.

Spouse (1)

Cynthia Jean Perrett (21 June 1978 - 17 September 2017) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Often wears a black jacket with "BH" in rhinestones on left breast
He refers to the fans as "humanoids."

Trivia (36)

Longtime professional wrestling manager and "broadcast journalist."
Manager of the "Heenan Family" in the WWF in the 1980s, which consisted of Andre the Giant, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, Ravishing Rick Rude, The Barbarian, Haku and others.
Considered to be part of one of the best wrestling commentating teams, along with the late "Gorilla Monsoon" Gorilla Monsoon in the WWF.
Diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002 and underwent numerous round of treatment and surgery. In 2004 his cancer was in remission; however his treatment had resulted in dramatic weight loss and altered his voice.
Competed in a series of "weasel suit" matches against various wrestlers, which he usually lost (meaning, he was forced to put on a weasel outfit).
Though his nickname was "the Brain," fans and "face" wrestlers usually mocked him by calling him "the Weasel.".
In 1988 on Dave Letterman's sixth anniversary show, Bobby Heenan was actively booed by the audience when David Letterman pointed him out in the audience as "The most intelligent man in professional wrestling".
Has one child with his wife Cindy Heenan: a daughter Jessica Heenan.
The only manager to have managed two different wrestlers in the main event of two consecutive WrestleManias: King Kong Bundy at 2 and Andre the Giant at III.
Bobby was presented a plaque by Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldberg proclaiming April 3, 1997 as "Bobby Heenan Day".
In 1994, Bobby signed with WCW, opting for a lighter schedule, joining the WCW announce team. He worked for WCW until November 2, 2000 when he was released.
When he was a child, Bobby had red hair, then he had a tumor removed from his stomach, and it grew back blonde.
Bobby Heenan broke his neck when an opponent dropped a leg drop and bent his head to the side.
In 1984, Vince McMahon Jr. hired him to manage Jesse "The Body" Ventura, however, when Ventura had a heart attack in the ring, the WWF decided to have Heenan manage Big John Studd.
Was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.
In November 2001, Heenan returned to the ring for XWF, this time calling himself a sports agent, to once again manage Curt Hennig.
Was the manager (in name only) for a band called "The Emperors" in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. The true manager was a local DJ for radio station WIFE named Tom Mathis, but Mathis couldn't ethically spin disks and simultaneously manage a rock-and-roll band. He chose his then-milkman, Ray (later Bobby) Heenan, to manage the group. While the Emperors were playing on a makeshift wrestling ring at the local minor league ballpark, Heenan struck up a conversation with the grips who set up the ring, which subsequently led to his involvement in professional wrestling.
Was good friends with his Timemaster (1995) co-star Pat Morita.
Was slated to be inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame in 1996 until WCW abandoned the Hall of Fame.
Published author.
Inducted the tag team, The Blackjacks, whom he used to manage, into the WWE Hall of Fame. [April 2006]
Made an appearance at Wrestle Reunion II. [August 2005]
Was in remission from cancer and had just finished his third book. [April 2004]
Was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
When the WWF (now the WWE) went national, he was teamed with Robert Marella ("Gorilla Monsoon") as hosts and commentators on their television programs. The loose structure of their duties allowed Heenan to demonstrate his ability to do the most outrageous one-liners and ad libs while keeping a completely straight face and remaining in character. The banter between Monsoon and Heenan quickly became as much of the entertainment value as the action in the ring.
His professional wrestling character always claimed to have come from Beverly Hills, California. He was, in fact, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After the death of a beloved aunt, the family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana,.
Heenan's tremendous talent for comedy with Gorilla Monsoon as a straight man, the duo became known as the "Abbott and Costello of professional wrestling".
Was a baseball fan. As a child growing up in Chicago, he lived about a mile from Wrigley Field. He would ride his bicycle to the stadium with the hopes of getting those balls that were hit out of the park.
The pairing of Heenan with Robert Marella ("Gorilla Monsoon") resulted in a very obvious on-screen chemistry. Contrary to their on-camera interactions, off-camera they developed a long standing friendship. Marella passed away in 1999.
He had to leave school to support his mother and grandmother.
In 1961, after his family moved to Indianapolis, he got a job as a stagehand at the Indianapolis Coliseum. He would help set up for various types of events and shows. It was professional wrestling that sparked his interest. He began hanging around the performers and learning the business. He would also train to be a professional wrestler. More importantly, he learned that if he became a "heel" he could be more flamboyant, utilize his sense of humor and probably make more money.
In 1965, as he came of age, his diligence paid off and he was hired by promoter Wally Karbo into his AWA (American Wrestling Association) as one of the wrestlers.
His nickname, "The Brain," was given to him early in his career by his colleagues in serious recognition of his business savvy. He would later use is as part of his wrestling moniker as a heel.
Was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996. He was named the Best Color Commentator 3 times (1992, 1993, 1994) by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Was named the Manager of the Year 4 times (1972, 1976, 1989, 1991) and presented with the Stanley Weston Award for lifetime achievement in professional wrestling (2010) by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
Was inducted into the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010.

Personal Quotes (9)

A friend in need is a pest.
You know how the Undertaker got that urn, don't you? The old fashioned way, he earned it!
You know what I always say, what the hell, use the bell!
I'm Indiana's favorite Bobby.
You don't have to yell at me! I'm not blind!
(referencing the fans) "Those ham-n'-eggers!"
(Paying tribute to the late Gorilla Monsoon on WCW Monday Nitro, October 11, 1999) "Gorilla will be sadly missed. Now he was one big tough man. He was a decent honest man. And we're all gonna miss him very much. And you know the pearly gates in heaven? It's now gonna be called 'the Gorilla position.' Goodbye, my friend."
Everyone should have cancer one time, then you'd know that other things aren't important. The guy that gives you the finger at the stoplight don't mean nothing anymore. You come home and something's cold, or you didn't get something in the mail. Big deal. You want to get up everyday and see your family and your friends. And you don't want to be in pain, you want to be healthy. That's all that's important.
I'm a legend in this sport. If you don't believe me, ask me.

Salary (1)

Timemaster (1995) $1,000

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