Beloved professional wrestler, actor, and television personality Hulk Hogan was born on this day in 1953
Hulk Hogan turns 70 today
Born Terry Gene Bollea, on August 11, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia, Hulk Hogan was discovered in 1979 by World Wrestling Federation owner Vince McMahon Sr. and had his debut match against Andre the Giant, which he won. Hulkamania, his popularity among fans, spread from there. During and after wrestling, Hogan had an extensive acting career, beginning with his 1982 antagonist role in Rocky III. He has starred in several movies (including No Holds Barred, Suburban Commando and Mr. Nanny) and three television shows (Thunder in Paradise, Hogan Knows Best and China, IL), as well as in Right Guard commercials and the video game, Hulk Hogan’s Main Event. He was also the frontman for The Wrestling Boot Band, whose sole record, Hulk Rules, reached #12 on the Billboard Top Kid Audio chart in 1995. On April 2, 2005, Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2005 by actor and friend Sylvester Stallone. For four seasons, Hogan had a popular television show Hogan Knows Best. Viewers tuned in to see the famous wrestler face a variety of personal and parental challenges, including getting marriage counseling with his wife and responding to his daughter going on dates. The greatest hardship, however, happened off-camera. In May of 2008, Nick pled no contest to a felony count of reckless driving and received an eight-month prison sentence. Around this time, Hogan’s wife Linda filed for divorce, seeking to end their 24-year marriage. Hogan initially told the press he hoped to reconcile, but his wife later dismissed the notion.
By Ken Warren, 2018
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