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George "The Animal" Steele

  • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
  • Birthday: April 16
Date of passing: 
February 16, 2017

Obituary

Obituary: 

George "The Animal" Steele was a professional wrestler known for going from playing a villain to a good guy over the course of two decades in the ring.

Steele also appeared in the Tim Burton film Ed Wood, as the Swedish wrestler and actor Tor Johnson. Additionally, he had roles in the films Blowfish, Small Town Conspiracy, South of Heaven and Boston Girls.

Steele appeared regularly on TV wrestling programs, including WrestleMania, WWF Hall of Fame, WWE Sunday Night Heat, WWE Raw, World Wrestling Federation, WWF All-Star Wrestling, WWF Championship Wrestling, WWF Challenge and WWF Superstars.

George "The Animal" Steele was a professional wrestler known for going from playing a villain to a good guy over the course of two decades in the ring.

Steele also appeared in the Tim Burton film Ed Wood, as the Swedish wrestler and actor Tor Johnson. Additionally, he had roles in the films Blowfish, Small Town Conspiracy, South of Heaven and Boston Girls.

Steele appeared regularly on TV wrestling programs, including WrestleMania, WWF Hall of Fame, WWE Sunday Night Heat, WWE Raw, World Wrestling Federation, WWF All-Star Wrestling, WWF Championship Wrestling, WWF Challenge and WWF Superstars.

He made his first WWE appearance in 1967, kicking off a rivalry with WWE champion Bruno Sammartino.

In 1995, Steele was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame.

He died February 17, 2017, in Florida. He was 79.

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George "The Animal" Steele

George "The Animal" Steele

Photo credit: 
Rex Features via AP Images

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