Former turnbuckle biter George 'The Animal' Steele, 79, dies

19 February, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Kristopher Anderson

George "The Animal" Steele passed away at the age of 79 a few hours ago, because of kidney failure and the WWE Universe bemoaned his demise. Steele was considered to be one of the strangest wrestlers who ever entered the ring.

His trademarks were his hairy upper body, bald head, green tongue and that he spoke in grunts. He is not only a member of the WWE Hall of Fame (1995), but he is also a member of "the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame".

Last May, Steele wrote on Facebook that he was "dealing with some serious health challenges right now".

But in 1985, he turned into a much-loved character under the watchful eye of Albano after being abandoned in the ring by the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff.

He worked as a high school teacher and wrestling coach in Detroit as his day job.

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Most wrestling fans remember George "The Animal" Steele from his days in the WWE when they were kicking off the Hulk Hogan Rock "n" Wrestling era.

Steele, born William James Myers, wanted to protect his anonymity when he went into wrestling in the 1960s.

"His transformation was remarkable, as one of the most hated men in the sport became one of its most lovable figures", WWE officials said in a statement.

Steele made his in-ring debut in 1967 and quickly established himself as a charismatic, if slightly unhinged, villain, or heel. He'd actively wrestle for the company for over 20 years until 1988, retiring due to Crohn's disease complications.

But for movie buffs, Steele is best known for his appearance as wrestler, Tor Johnson, in Tim Burton's 1994 movie, Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp.

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