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Hulk Hogan

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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 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.  See full bio on IMDb »

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

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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 >

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

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

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- 24 days ago
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I'm Not Coming Back at WrestleMania ... 'Maybe Someday'

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- 26 days ago
WWE's Hillbilly Jim Says He'd Love Hulk Hogan to Induct Him into Hall of Fame

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WWE Hall of Fame inductee Hillbilly Jim says he'd be PUMPED if his old mentor, Hulk Hogan, enshrined him into the Hall ... since he owes his career to the Hulkster.  "When I first came… READ MORE >

- 37 days ago
WWE's Mark Henry Says Hogan Can Return If He Apologizes To Black Wrestlers

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Hulk Can Come Back If He Apologizes To Black Wrestlers

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- 66 days ago
Ric Flair Calls Out Ronda Rousey: Fight My Daughter!

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Calls Out Ronda Rousey Fight My Daughter!

Ric Flair has some WWE matchmaking advice for Vince McMahon -- set Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair, ASAP!! Ric's daughter is the current "SmackDown" Women's Champion -- and Ric tells TMZ Sports… READ MORE >

- 70 days ago
Hulk Hogan Says He's Ready for WWE Comeback, Ric Flair Approves

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I'm Ready for WWE Comeback!!! ... Ric Flair Approves

Hulk Hogan says he's ready to return to his WWE wrestling family and hopes that Vince McMahon will give him another chance to prove he's a good guy. Hulk and his good friend Ric Flair spoke to… READ MORE >

- 72 days ago
Diamond Dallas Page: Let Hulk Hogan Back in WWE, He's Not Racist!

Diamond Dallas Page
Let Hulk Hogan Back in WWE ... He's Not Racist!

Diamond Dallas Page says enough is enough when it comes to the WWE's Hulk Hogan ban ... telling TMZ Sports the Hulkster's done his time and deserves a chance to rejoin the company. "Hulk has… READ MORE >

- 90 days ago
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