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George "The Animal" Steele
Ring name(s) George "The Animal" Steele[1][2]
The Student[1][2]
The Animal Machine[2]
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1][2]
Billed weight 288 lb (131 kg)[1]
Born April 16, 1937(1937-04-16)[1][2]
Detroit, Michigan
Died February 17, 2017(2017-02-17) (aged 79)
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Billed from Detroit, Michigan
Trained by Bert Rubi[3]
Debut 1962
Retired 1989

William James Myers (April 16, 1937 – February 17, 2017), better known by his ring name George "The Animal" Steele,[1][2] was a former American professional wrestler and actor. Steele's career lasted from 1967 until 1989.

He also played Swedish wrestler/actor Tor Johnson in Ed Wood.[4]

George Steele, who was a Baptist, died on February 17, 2017 under hospice care in Cocoa Beach, Florida from kidney failure, aged 79.[5]


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