Aug. 11th, 1953
Augusta, Georgia, USA
Hulk Hogan's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2014 - WWE Royal Rumble 2014
2014 - The Sheik
2008 - Bigger Stronger Faster*
1999 - Muppets from Space
1998 - 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain
1996 - Spy Hard
1993 - Mr. Nanny
1991 - Suburban Commando
1990 - Gremlins 2: The New Batch
1989 - No Holds Barred
1982 - Rocky III
Guest TV Roles
One of the greatest, most popular, most hated and charismatic wrestlers of all time, Hulk Hogan is one of the men who helped parlay the circus-like world of professional wrestling from cult following into the forefront of American entertainment. What many people who know about Hogan don't know is he was in the "sport" for several years in virtual obscurity before hitting the big time. Hogan made his pro debut in 1978 and wrestled as "Sterling Golden" before becoming "Hulk." Hogan was getting main event matches while wrestling in the American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) in the early 1980s before he was cast as Thunderlips in Rocky III (1982). That bit of casting propelled Hogan into the spotlight and he was soon to enter the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1983. At the time, the WWF was just beginning to go from local television (they were based in the Northeast U.S.) to national, and Hogan's personality (and some well-done marketing and PR, plus the Wrestlemania series) helped to transform not only the WWF, but wrestling into the big show it is today. Hogan won the WWF title numerous times, and was credited with dealing André the Giant his first loss in pro wrestling. Hogan was soon seen everywhere -- television, cartoons, movies, records and lunch boxes -- but he was a part of the steroid scandal in the WWF, and quietly left the organization. Hogan laid low in wrestling circles, but continued to act before coming back, this time with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the WWF's bitter rival. Hogan helped create the New World Order, the main bunch of badmen in WCW, and became more popular than ever. He abandoned his trademark red and yellow colors for black, and even dyed his beard black. He still wrestles as of today, and, like it or not, is probably one of the best entertainers in any form of show business. He always put on a show.
- His first WWF title reign lasted from January 1984 to February 1988, when he lost to 'André the Giant' (qv).
- His theme song, "Real American," was initially written for the then-WWF tag- team champions 'Barry Windham' (qv) and 'Mike Rotunda' (qv).
- (October 2001) Signed as official spokesman for an Acclaim video game entitled _Legends of Wrestling (2001) (VG)_ (qv).
- His original theme song was "Eye of the Tiger," which was the theme song of _Rocky III (1982)_ (qv), in which he made an appearance.
- In probably the most historic wrestling match ever, he body-slammed and defeated 'André the Giant' (qv) at _WrestleMania III (1987) (V)_ (qv). Despite reports to the contrary, he was not the first man to body-slam André. Eight-time National Wrestling Alliance Champion 'Harley Race' (qv) did so several years before, and Hogan himself body-slammed André in a match in 1980 (which appears on the Hulk Hogan anthology DVD).
- He is the third-ever, six-time WWF World Champion. The other two are 'Dwayne Johnson (I)' (qv) and Stone Cold 'Steve Austin (IV)' (qv).
- His family has more than 30 pets, including dogs, cats, birds, chinchillas, ferrets, turtles, iguanas, rabbits, fish, and a frog.
- Won the WWF Championship six times. The last time he won it was in May 2002.