Aug. 11th, 1953
Augusta, Georgia, USA
Hulk Hogan's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2011 - Gnomeo and Juliet
2009 - WWE: Allied Powers - The World's Greatest Tag Teams
2008 - Bigger Stronger Faster*
1999 - Muppets from Space
1998 - 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain
1996 - Santa With Muscles
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
Himself - Co-Host
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.
- Lost his fifth WWF Title to 'Rodney Anoai' (qv) (aka Yokozuna) in his first defense since winning the title over a month earlier. It was his last WWF title match for nine years.
- Filmed the show _"Thunder in Paradise" (1994)_ (qv) at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World, in Orlando, Florida.
- Notable title wins include: IWGP Heavyweight Title, WWF Title (6), WWW Royal Rumble Winner (2), WCW World Title (6), WWF Undisputed Title, and WWF tag-team titles with Edge ('Adam Copeland (I)' (qv)). Hogan also won the WCW World Title for a seventh time by defeating 'Jeff Jarrett (I)' (qv); however, the title reign was never recognized.
- On an episode on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, it was revealed that he was initially offered the chance to endorse the 'Lean, Mean, Grilling Machine' that went on to make former boxer George Foreman millions of dollars.
- Father of 'Nick Hogan (II)' (qv) and 'Brooke Hogan' (qv).
- Former World Tag-Team Champion.
- Spent 10 years as a professional guitarist before becoming a wrestler.
- As of 2007, he has the fourth-most Wrestlemania wrestling appearances, having appeared in 11. He wrestled in Wrestlemanias 1-9, and 18-19. (He appeared at Wrestlemania 21, but did not officially wrestle). Third-most is Bret "The Hitman" Hart ('Bret Hart' (qv)), with 12; second-most, Shawn Michaels with 14, and the Undertaker ('Mark Calaway' (qv)) holds the record for most, with 15 appearances.