We've lost two great old school wrestlers these last few days -- George "The Animal" Steele passed away on February 16, and Ivan "The Russian Bear" Koloff left this mortal coil on February 18.
I grew up watching these guys, they were consummate, professional entertainers. And very bad! Booooo! Booooo! Both were "heels" and always the villains and what memorable villains they were!
Ivan (Oreal James Perras) went on to become a born-again Christian minister, dedicating his life to worthy charities. George ( William James Myers) did some acting after his wrestling career was over. He played Tor Johnson in "Ed Wood" -- a remarkable role.
We loved to hate them! Now they can wrestle with the angels.