- Name: George Steele
- Age at Death: 79 years old
- Height: 6ft 1in (186 cm)
- Occupation: Wrestler
- Net Worth: Pending
- Status: Deceased
George “The Animal” Steele was an American professional wrestler, physical education teacher and actor. His wrestling career span two decades from 1967 to 1988. Steele was born William James Myers on April 16, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Madison High School where he competed in track, basketball and football. Steele earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and his Masters from Central Michigan University. He played defensive tackle for the Michigan State Spartans in the late 1950s. His football career was cut short due to knee injuries.
Steele began his wrestling career under the alias ‘The Student’. He adopted the new moniker ‘George Steele’ shortly after he was recruited by the WWWF in 1967. Steele was 6ft 1in tall and he was known for his wild man attitude and brute strength in the ring. He was also known for his trademark green tongue and hairy skin. His finishing moves include the “Elevated Hammerlock” and the “Jumping Splash”. Steele rose to prominence in the mid to late 1980s. He had a memorable feud with Randy “Macho Man” Savage which lasted from 1986 to 1987. Steele was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005.
In addition to wrestling, Steele was a physical education teacher and actor. He coached football for 25 years at his alma mater Madison High School. Steele started the Madison wrestling program in 1966 and won their first championship in 1969. He was inducted into the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame. Steele had a small film role as “Tor Johnson” in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (1994). The film won two Academy Awards and stars Johnny Depp, Martin Landau and Sarah Jessica Parker.
George Steele died on February 16, 2017 at the age of 79. His official cause of death was kidney failure. He also suffered from dyslexia and Crohn’s Disease. Steele was married to ‘Patricia Randolph’ from 1955 until his death in 2017. The couple resided in Cocoa Beach, Florida. They had three children, Dennis, Randy and Felicia.
George “The Animal” Steele Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki
- Birth Name: William James Myers
- Birthday: April 16, 1937
- Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, United States
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- How Tall : Height: 6ft 1in (186 cm)
- Occupation: Professional Wrestler
- Years Active: 1967-1988
- Net Worth & Salary:
- Marriage(s): Patricia “Pat” Randolph
- Death-O-Meter: Dead
- Died: February 16, 2017
- Cause of Death: Kidney Failure
- Place of Death: Cocoa Beach, Florida, U.S.