WWE Hall of Famer George 'The Animal' Steele dead at 79

Posted February 19, 2017

In addition to wrestling, Steele portrayed Swedish wrestler Tor Johnson in Tim Burton's 1994 film "Ed Wood".

The New York Times reported that George Steele would often fight with his tongue dyed green, from eating green Clorets breath mints, in order to look more fearsome. His first WWE appearances took place in 1967, when he came to WWE and began a heated rivalry with champion Bruno Sammartino.

He had been living in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

"His transformation was remarkable, as one of the most hated men in the sport became one of its most loveable figures, "WWE reports on its website".

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George "The Animal" Steele, the iconic World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame wrestler, passed away Thursday night at the age of 79, the WWE announced on Friday. Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant main evented that Mania, but the Savage/Steamboat encounter is also a top highlight from that very successful pay-per-view spectacular. "A babyface turn in 1985 catapulted him, making him an endearing part of the Rock 'N" Wrestling Era. Steele became infatuated with Miss Elizabeth, the manager of "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

Madison Heights High School in 2012 dedicated its football stadium to Myers. George Steele wrestled in a battle royal in WrestleMania IV but then had to retire a short time later due to the Crohn's disease.

Here are the six best George "the Animal" Steele videos available on YouTube. In the year 2005, he was also inducted into the professional wrestling hall of fame for his contribution to the field of professional wrestling.