Oct. 12th, 1945
Austin, Texas, USA
Dusty Rhodes' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - WWE: Allied Powers - The World's Greatest Tag Teams
Guest TV Roles
Archie 'Mad Dog' McCray
"The American Dream" has been one of the most popular and colorful professional wrestlers in history. Rhodes began wrestling in the 1960s and gained a reputation as a fast-talking, hard-rocking wrestler. He teamed early in his career with fellow Texan, the late Dick Murdoch, and for more than 20 years they wreaked havoc in on and off again tag team appearances. Rhodes, always a tough brawler with a few "scientific" moves, finally won his first NWA World heavyweight championship by beating "Handsome" Harley Race in 1979. Although his first title reign would last less than a week, Rhodes managed to capture the NWA title on two more occasions. Today Rhodes runs a small promotion called Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling and continues to wrestle. His son, Dustin Runnels, appears as Golddust on Spike TV's "Raw" series.
- Has performed onstage with such singers as 'Willie Nelson' (qv) and 'David Allan Coe' (qv).
- Father of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) performer 'Dustin Runnels' (qv), (aka "Goldust").
- In addition to holding the NWA World title, Rhodes has held many other wrestling titles, including the 'NWA' World tag title (several versions, including the most famous JCP version), the 'NWA' U.S. title (Roy Shire and JCP versions), National heavyweight championship, American tag championship, Southern heavyweight championship, Florida heavyweight championship, U.S. tag championship, North American tag championship, and World television championship (JCP version).
- Brother-in-law of wrestlers 'Jerry Sags' (qv) and 'Fred Ottman' (qv) (aka "Tugboat").
- Did a radio appearance on WWBA in Tampa with Shannon Rose. Rhodes blamed the state of the business on fans thinking they are smart, 9/28/02.
- Three-time National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World heavyweight champion.
- Inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame of May 21st, 1995.
- Played college football at the University of West Texas.
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