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Also Known As: Terry Gene Bollea, Terry Hogan, Terry Hogan (Hulk) Died:
Born: August 11, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Augusta, Georgia, USA Profession: actor, wrestler, producer, stevedore

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Undoubtedly the most recognized personality to emerge from World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation), Hulk Hogan maintained enormous popularity as a professional wrestler throughout a long career that saw its share of dizzying highs and humiliating lows. Though wrestling had always been defined by absolutes - the morality tale of good versus evil - the story behind the scenes was far more complex, as personal tragedies entangled in an intricate web of a billion-dollar business. But initially Hogan managed to transcend brushes with scandal early in his career, unlike numerous contemporaries, to become not only the most famous professional wrestler in the world, but also the very face of the sport itself. With his trademark red and yellow headband, Hogan rode the wave of Hulkamania - which saw his face and flexed biceps on everything from posters to lunch pails - into pop culture iconography that translated to a career outside the ring with movies like "Thunder in Paradise" (1995) and later his own reality series, "Hogan Knows Best" (VH1, 2005-07). But eventually even Hulkamania began to show cracks in its façade when Hogan was embroiled in a series of scandals...

Undoubtedly the most recognized personality to emerge from World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation), Hulk Hogan maintained enormous popularity as a professional wrestler throughout a long career that saw its share of dizzying highs and humiliating lows. Though wrestling had always been defined by absolutes - the morality tale of good versus evil - the story behind the scenes was far more complex, as personal tragedies entangled in an intricate web of a billion-dollar business. But initially Hogan managed to transcend brushes with scandal early in his career, unlike numerous contemporaries, to become not only the most famous professional wrestler in the world, but also the very face of the sport itself. With his trademark red and yellow headband, Hogan rode the wave of Hulkamania - which saw his face and flexed biceps on everything from posters to lunch pails - into pop culture iconography that translated to a career outside the ring with movies like "Thunder in Paradise" (1995) and later his own reality series, "Hogan Knows Best" (VH1, 2005-07). But eventually even Hulkamania began to show cracks in its façade when Hogan was embroiled in a series of scandals that included infidelity, his son nearly killing a friend in a drunk driving accident and a leaked sex tape. Regardless of serious personal setbacks, Hogan managed to maintain a successful career while his place as wrestling's most recognizable and beloved personality was cemented into the cultural pantheon.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
3.
 Muppets From Space (1999) Man In Black
4.
 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998) David Dragon
5.
 Ultimate Weapon, The (1998) Ben Cutter
6.
8.
 Assault on Devil's Island (1997) Mike Mcbride
9.
 Spy Hard (1996) Steele'S Tag Team Member
10.
 Secret Agent Club (1996) Ray
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Raised in Tampa, FL
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Sent to the Florida Sheriff's Boys Ranch for fighting outside of school at age 14; became a born-again Baptist
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Worked as a stevedore
1976:
Discovered ringside by wrestlers Jack and Jerry Brisco; trained with them
1979:
Recruited by Vincent McMahon Sr. to wrestle as an Irish villain
1982:
Made film acting debut as Thunderlips in "Rocky III"
1983:
Traded in Irish villain persona for that of good-guy Hulk Hogan
1983:
Became a member of the World Wrestling Federation
1984:
Won his first world championship over the Iron Sheik
1989:
First starring role in film, "No Holds Barred"; also executive producer
1991:
Subject of pay-per-view TV biopic "Hulk Hogan: A Real American Story"
1991:
Delivered comedic turn in "Suburban Commando"
1993:
Continued the comedy action route with "Mr. Nanny"
1994:
Starred in syndicated adventure series "Thunder in Paradise"
1999:
Appeared in "Muppets from Space"
2002:
Returned to World Wrestling Federation
2005:
Starred with wife Linda and their children on VH1 reality series "Hogan Knows Best"
2008:
Hosted NBC's short-lived reboot of "American Gladiators"
2008:
Appeared on daughter's spin-off "Brooke Knows Best" (VH1)
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Education

University of South Florida: Tampa , Florida -
Hillsborough Community College: Tampa , Florida -

Notes

"I just feel so comfortable with the comedy. In the ring, I'll body-slam somebody for one second and work the crowd for 10 seconds to make them laugh. At home, I put the underwear on my head and run around the house to make my wife and kids laugh." --Hulk Hogan in USA Today, October 4, 1991.

"With his Crayola-yellow Fu Manchu moustache and hair trailing frm his trademark bandanna, Terry Bollea, more widely known as Hulk Hogan--6'6" and 290 lbs. of tanned and oiled muscles--looks like a character from the pages of a DC comic book." --Michelle Green and Don Sider in People, October 14, 1991.

Hogan has appeared in commercials for Right Guard deodorant and Honey Nut Cheerios.

There are nearly 300 licensed Hulkster products including pillowcases and Wrestling Buddies stuffed figures.

Hogan has won the World Wrestling Federation Championship three times since 1984.

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wife:
Linda Bollea. Married c. 1982.

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father:
Pete Bollea. Construction foreman.
mother:
Ruth Bollea. Homemaker, dance teacher.
half-brother:
Kenneth Wheeler. Retired Air Force colonel. Older.
brother:
Allan Bollea. Born in May 1947; died in April 1986.
daughter:
Brooke Bollea. Born c. 1988.
son:
Nicholas Allan Bollea. Born on July 27, 1990.
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