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Gorgeous George Biography
- George Raymond Wagner (March 24, 1915 Ã¢Â€Â“ December 26, 1963) was an American professional wrestler best known by his ring name Gorgeous George. In the United States, during the First Golden Age of Professional Wrestling in the 1940s-1950s, Gorgeous George gained mainstream popularity and became one of the biggest stars of this period, gaining media attention for his outrageous character, which was described as flamboyant and charismatic. He was inducted into Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002 and the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2010. George Raymond Wagner was born March 24, 1915 in Butte, Nebraska. For a time, he and his parents lived on a farm near the village of Phoenix in Holt County and probably in Seward County before they moved to Waterloo, Iowa and later Sioux City. When George was age seven, his family moved to Houston, Texas, where he associated with kids from a tough neighborhood. As a child, he trained at the local YMCA and often staged matches against his friends. In 1929, Wagner dropped out of Milby High School at age 14, and worked odd jobs to help support his family. At this time, he competed at carnivals, where he could earn 35 cents for a win. By age 17, he was getting booked by the regionÃ¢Â€Â™s top promoter, Morris Siegel, and in 1938, he won his first title by defeating Buck Lipscomb for Northwest Middleweight crown. Moreover, on May 19, 1939, he captured the Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Championship.
Gorgeous George Filmography
- (2010) WWE Hall of Fame 2010 as Himself (archive footage)
- (2009) The Glory Days of Wrestling as Himself (archive footage)
- (2008) Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami as Himself (archive footage)
- (2006) The Spectacular Legacy of the AWA as Himself (archive footage)
- (2005) Best of ITV Wrestling as Himself (archive footage)
- (2000) Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing as Himself (archive footage)
- (1999) The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling as Himself (archive footage)
- (1997) WWF Raw Is War as Himself (archive footage)
- (1985) Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents Lords of the Ring: Superstars & Superbouts as Himself (archive footage)
- (1952) I've Got a Secret as Mystery Guest
- (1950) TV Club as Himself
- (1949) Alias the Champ as Gorgeous George
Gorgeous George Trivia and Facts
- In the early days of television, professional wrestling was one of the biggest successes on the new medium. Wagners character, "Gorgeous George," is generally regarded as one of the first "superstars" of that new medium.
- "Gorgeous George" became so famous that, in the early days of television-- when most families didnt have one--stores would place a television in their window display tuned to the station running professional wrestling. Groups of people would gather outside these stores to watch the programs.
- In creating his "Gorgeous George" character, he became the first professional wrestler to grow his hair long and bleach it blonde.
- His "Gorgeous George" character is believed to be the first professional wrestler to use an effeminate persona. This included the use of elaborate robes which were deliberately tailored to resemble dresses.
- A major part of his performance was the elaborate pre-match rituals. It would start off with the playing of Elgars "Pomp and Circumstance" as he entered the arena and moved toward the ring. He was the first professional wrestler to use entrance music.
- As part of his eleborate pre-match ritual, he would be preceded into the ring by his valet who would squirt the ring with perfume (or disinfectant). The opponent would also get a few squirts which would usually send him into a rage. To the delight of the audience, the referee would also wind up on the receiving end of a squirt.
- Was the inspiration for the glitzy, effeminate wrestler character Ravishing Ronald, "The De-Natured Boy," in the 1951 Bugs Bunny cartoon Bunny Hugged (1951).
- 2002: Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (charter class).
- Former Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Champion.
- WWE Hall of Famer.
Gorgeous George Quotes
- [in the ring as "Gorgeous George" being checked by the referee] Take your filthy hands off me!