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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 was born Terry Gene Bollea in Augusta, Georgia, to Ruth V. (Moody), a dance teacher, and Peter Bollea, a construction foreman. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), Irish, English, Scottish, and French descent. He was raised in Port Tampa, Florida. 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 AndrĂ© 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.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Booker T Says Hulk Hogan Belongs Back In WWE

Booker T
Hulk Hogan Belongs Back In WWE

WWE legend Booker T says Hulk Hogan deserves a 2nd chance in the WWE after his n-word scandal ... and tells TMZ Sports he'd welcome Hogan back with open arms.  Booker T and Hulk have been… READ MORE >

Sylvester Stallone's Wife Says Sly Would K.O. Hulk Hogan

Sylvester Stallone
Would Knock Out Hulk Hogan ... Says Sly's Wife

Sylvester Stallone's wife is weighing in on the whole Sly vs. Hulk Hogan debate -- saying she's confident if the two ever fought, it would be "Rocky III" all over again!  Remember, Hulk… READ MORE >

- 30 days ago
Hulk Hogan Loves Stallone, But Who Wins In a Fight?!

Hulk Hogan
Could I Beat Up Stallone? ... Duh.

It's been 36 years since Rocky fought Thunderlips ... but we had to ask Hulk Hogan who wins in an old man rematch?!  Hogan's still a workout fiend -- and his arms are still massive. But… READ MORE >

- 43 days ago
Hulk Hogan's Return to WWE Almost a Done Deal

Hulk Hogan
Return to WWE Almost a Done Deal

Hulkamania could once again run wild in the WWE -- TMZ Sports has learned plans to bring Hulk Hogan back to the squared circle are currently underway.  We've learned ... Hulk and high-ranking… READ MORE >

- 46 days ago
Hulk Hogan References N-Word Incident During Youth Org. Speech

Hulk Hogan
References N-Word Incident ... During Youth Org. Speech

Hulk Hogan told the Boys & Girls Club he's not trying to run from his past mistakes -- including his n-word scandal. Instead, he's trying to help others learn from it.  The wrestling… READ MORE >

- 47 days ago
Hulk Hogan: 'You Better Vote for Kane,' He's a Smart Dude

Hulk Hogan
'You Better Vote for Kane' ... He's a Smart Dude

Another huge star is going to bat for WWE's Kane on election day ... this time, it is Hulk Hogan who says the man behind the red mask is a REALLY smart dude and would be a great… READ MORE >

- 48 days ago
Brooke Hogan Says 'It's Gonna Be Hell' for Khloe & Tristan to Patch Things Up

Brooke Hogan
'It's Gonna Be Hell' for Khloe & Tristan ... To Patch Things Up

Brooke Hogan says Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson getting through TT's cheating scandal is gonna be hell on earth ... but NOT 'cause of Khloe's reality show! Brooke is a huge… READ MORE >

- 67 days ago
WWE Legend Johnny Valiant Dead, Hit By Truck

WWE Legend Johnny Valiant
Dead at 71 Hit By Truck

WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Valiant -- a 2-time World Tag Team champ -- was killed Wednesday morning near Pittsburgh when he was hit by a truck while crossing the street.  The 71-year-old --… READ MORE >

- 75 days ago
Hulk Hogan Says He Owes All Wrestlers An Apology, Not Just Black Ones

Hulk Hogan
I Owe All Wrestlers An Apology ... Not Just Black Ones

Hulk Hogan says it's ALL wrestlers he owes an apology to for his past use of the N-word ... telling TMZ Sports it shouldn't just be the black guys he has to say sorry to. We got Hulk out at LAX,… READ MORE >

- 80 days ago
Hulk Hogan Face-To-Face w/ Triple H at Andre the Giant Premiere

Hulk Hogan
Face-To-Face W/ Triple H At Andre the Giant Premiere

Hulk Hogan was in the house for the premiere of HBO's "Andre the Giant" documentary Thursday night in L.A., rubbin' elbows with WWE superstars and execs like Triple H ... but his return to WWE is… READ MORE >

- 81 days ago
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