Top 25 lengthiest careers in professional wrestling

by Mokun0810 | created - 23 Jun 2016 | updated - 23 Jun 2016 | Public

1. Gilberto Merendez

Actor | The Best of Deathmatch Wrestling, Vol. 3: The Legendary Japanese Tournament

Gilberto Merendez was born on December 2, 1933 in Villalba, Puerto Rico as Gilberto Meléndez. He was an actor, known for The Best of Deathmatch Wrestling, Vol. 3: The Legendary Japanese Tournament (2007), IWA King of the Death Match (1995) and New Jack: Hardcore (2007). He was married to Rosa ...

2. Lou Thesz

Actor | Roddy Piper's Greatest Hits

Lou Thesz is one of wrestling's living legends. Thesz started wrestling in the 1930s, and from the 1930s to the 1960s, he was one of the most dominant figures in the business. Thesz won his first World Heavyweight Title in the 1930s, and went on to become a 6-time World Heavyweight Champion, many ...

3. Bill Dundee

Actor | Screature

Bill Dundee was born as William Cruickshanks. He is an actor, known for Screature (2020), WCW Saturday Night (1985) and Souls Collide (2014).

4. Harley Race

Actor | WCW Saturday Night

Harley Race is one of the foremost legends of professional wrestling. He is an 8-time NWA Heavyweight Champion and has held numerous other titles over his career that has spanned four decades.

Harley won his first NWA World Title in Kansas City in 1973 when he defeated Dory Funk Jr. Harley feels ...

5. Sputnik Monroe

Self | Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin'

He was born Rocco Monroe DiGrazio in Dodge City, Kansas; his father had been killed in an airplane accident a month before his birth. His mother remarried and his stepfather adopted him, changing his name to Rock Monroe Brumbaugh. At seventeen, he was wrestling all comers at county fairs; after ...

6. Abdullah the Butcher

Actor | ECW Hardcore TV

Known throughout the annals of professional wrestling as "The Wildman from the Sudan," Abdullah the Butcher was born Lawrence Shreeve in Windsor, Ontario, on January 1, 1936. Wrestling at over 400 lbs through his career, Abby became a legend for bloodying opponents and was one of the first ...

7. Edward Farhat

Actor | Ringside Wrestling

Deceased Lebanese-American professional wrestler who competed from 1949 to 1998 as the Sheik. Started his career in Detroit and would compete all over the world. He competed for many National Wrestling Alliance territories, the WWWF (today's WWE), FMW, ECW, New Japan Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro ...

8. Terry Funk

Actor | Road House

Funk has strong wrestling bloodlines. His dad, Dory Funk Sr., was a well-known grappler from the 1940s to the 1970s, and his brother, Dory Funk Jr., wrestled from 1963 until the early 90s, and won the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) world heavyweight championship in 1969. Funk, himself, became ...

9. Mil Máscaras

Actor | El robo de las momias de Guanajuato

Mil Máscaras was born on July 15, 1942 in San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico as Aaron Rodríguez Arellano. He is an actor, known for Robbery of the Mummies of Guanajuato (1972), The Mummies of San Angel (1975) and Los canallas (1968).

10. Santo

Actor | Santo vs. la hija de Frankestein

Legendary masked Mexican wrestler / actor who achieved icon status via his highly colorful wrestling career and starring appearances in nearly 60 motion pictures. Born Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta on September 23rd, 1917 in Hidalgo, Mexico, he was the fifth of seven children and the family moved to Mexico...

11. Joseph James

Actor | Exotic Excellence: The Best of Adrian Street

Joseph James was born on October 3, 1939 in Marietta, Georgia, USA. He is an actor, known for Exotic Excellence: The Best of Adrian Street (2017), TNA iMPACT! Wrestling (2004) and Smoky Mountain Wrestling (1992). He has been married to Connie Englund since June 24, 1961. They have four children.

12. Jackie Fargo

Self | NWA: Total Nonstop Action

Jackie Fargo was born on June 26, 1930 in Concord, North Carolina, USA as Henry Faggart. He was married to Janice Ozzy. He died on June 24, 2013 in China Grove, North Carolina.

13. Jerry Lawler

Actor | Man on the Moon

Jerry Lawler was born on November 29, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Jerry O'Neil Lawler. He is an actor and producer, known for Man on the Moon (1999), WWE Raw (1993) and WWE '13 (2012). He was previously married to Stacy Carter, Paula Jean Carruth and Martha Kay Williams.

14. Carlos Colon

Actor | Plus Size Divas

Carlos Colon is an actor, known for Plus Size Divas (2016).

15. Dos Caras

Self | AJPW Samurai TV

Dos Caras was born on February 21, 1951 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

16. Greg Valentine

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

One of the toughest, most rugged competitors ever to come down the pike, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine more than carried on the tradition first established by his legendary father, the late Johnny Valentine. A top-ranked Superstar during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, his career saw him earn a slew of ...

17. Blue Demon

Actor | Santo contra Blue Demon en la Atlantida

Blue Demon was born on April 24, 1922 in La Rinconada, García, Nuevo León, Mexico as Alejandro Muñoz Moreno. He was an actor, known for Santo vs. Blue Demon in Atlantis (1970), Hellish Spiders (1968) and Blue Demon: Destructor of Spies (1968). He died on December 16, 2000 in Mexico City, Mexico.

19. Verne Gagne

Producer | The Wrestler

An amateur and professional wrestling legend, Verne Gagne's career covers the entire period of wrestling from the "real" to "fake" to "entertainment" eras. Gagne won two NCAA wrestling championships while at the University of Minnesota, and was a member of the 1948 Olympic Wrestling team for the ...

20. Buddy Rogers

Self | World Wide Wrestling

Buddy Rogers was born on February 20, 1921 in Camden, New Jersey, USA as Herman Rohde. He died on June 22, 1992 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

21. Chris Jericho

Actor | MacGruber

American-born, Canadian-raised professional wrestler, rock singer, actor and author. Debuted in 1990 in Calgary after training in the Hart Family Dungeon. He competed for Stampede Wrestling, for the Canadian National Wrestling Alliance (no connection to the National Wrestling Alliance) and West ...

22. Bruno Sammartino

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Bruno Sammartino was born on October 6, 1935 in Pizzoferrato, Abruzzo, Italy as Bruno Laopardo Franceso Sammartino. He was an actor, known for WWE Smackdown! (1999), WWF Championship Wrestling (1972) and Spectrum Wrestling (1977). He was married to Carol Teyssier. He died on April 18, 2018 in ...

23. Ric Flair

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Richard Morgan Fliehr isn't what you'd expect from a professional wrestler. A medical student at Minnesota University (his father was a doctor, his mother an actress), Flair dropped out college to train for the mat wars under legendary former AWA World champ Verne Gagne. He made his professional ...

24. Mae Young

Actress | WWF SmackDown!

Mae Young was born on March 12, 1923 in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, USA. She was an actress, known for WWE Smackdown! (1999), WWE Raw (1993) and WWE Sunday Night Heat (1998). She died on January 14, 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

25. Lillian Ellison

Actress | WWF SmackDown!

Lillian Ellison was born on July 22, 1923 in Tookiedoo, South Carolina, USA as Mary Lillian Ellison. She was an actress, known for WWE Smackdown! (1999), WWF Championship Wrestling (1972) and WWF All-Star Wrestling (1972). She was married to Walter Carroll and Johnny Long. She died on November 2, ...

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