Famous People Who Once Wrestled This list is a compilation of a list from the 1996 USA Wrestling Team Guide… along with additional contributions from members of Amateur Wrestling Fan Addicts, posters to The Mat forum, and news reports… with special thanks to fellow Fan Addict Tom Fortunato (webmaster, “Web’s Best of Amateur Wrestling”) and Rob England (aka “wrestling cards” on The Mat forum.) The accuracy of this list cannot be guaranteed. U.S. Presidents Chester Arthur Calvin Coolidge Dwight Eisenhower Ulysses S Grant Andrew Jackson Abraham Lincoln Teddy Roosevelt William Howard Taft Zachary Taylor John Tyler George Washington SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Donald Rumsfeld Frank Carlucci WHITE HOUSE STAFF Ari Fleischer George Stephanopoulos OTHER POLITICIANS Arne Carlson (former governor of Minnesota) Steven Friedman (chief economic advisor for the second Bush administration) WRESTLING COMMENTATORS Jeff Blatnick Ken Chertow Dan Gable Jim Gibbons Russ Hellickson Ken Kraft Tim Johnson ADVENTURERS Don Briggs(former University of Northern Iowa assistant coach, now base camp manager at Mt. Everest) AMERICAN HEROES Jeremy Glick (aboard United flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001) Charles Moose (Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Chief – led investigation in Washington DC area sniper shootings October 2002) Tommy Norris (Medal of Honor winner for actions in Vietnam) Prisoner of war in Iraq Pfc. Patrick Miller (wrestled in HS in Park City, Kansas) TV NEWSCASTERS/PERSONALITIES Geraldo Rivera Andy Rooney U.S. SENATE The late John Chafee (former senator RI) Lincoln Chafee (senator RI) Chuck Hagel (Nebraska) John McCain (Arizona) The Late Paul Wellstone (Minnesota) U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES The Late Carl Albert(former Speaker of the House) Dennis Hastert (Illinois)(Speaker of the House) Brad Glass Greg Ganske (Iowa) Jim Leach (Iowa) Jim Nussle (Iowa) ACTORS/COMEDIANS William Baldwin The Late John Belushi The Late James Cagney Tom Cruise Tony Danza Kirk Douglas The Late Chris Farley Al Franken The Late Victor French (TV show Highway to Heaven) PeeWee Herman (Paul Ruebens in HS in Florida) Breck Jamison (formerly of As The World Turns) Harvey Keitel Ashton Kutcher(That 70s Show) Jay Leno Mario Lopez Bill Maher Howie Mandel Jay Mohr The Late Nat Pendleton (1920s Olympic wrestler, 1930s movie actor) Tom Sullivan Mr. T. (Laurence Turead) Tab Thacker Vince Vaughn Tim Van Patten Robin Williams ASTRONAUTS/NASA Joe Allen (Astronaut) Michael Collins (Astronaut) Jim Voss (Astronaut) Ronald Dittemore (NASA space shuttle program manager) William Kerslake (NASA scientist) MUSICIANS The Late Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) Glen Danzig (wrestled as Glen Anzalone) The Late Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon) Maynard James Keenan (Tool) Ludacris The Late Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) Garth Brooks NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE OLYMPIC ATHLETES IN OTHER SPORTS WHO ONCE WRESTLED Mark Lenzi (Diving) Sugar Ray Leonard (Boxing) Jason Morris (Judo) Jimmy Pedro (Judo) Brian Shimer (Bobsled) Jim Thorpe (Early 20th century decathlete) RELIGIOUS DENOMINATION FOUNDER Joseph Smith (founder, Church of the Latter-Day Saints) (Mormon) SCIENCE Dr. Norman Borlaug (Nobel prize winner) William Kerslake (NASA scientist) PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES (other than NFL) Brett Butler (baseball) Pat Day (horse racing) Kevin Harvick (NASCAR) Larry Holmes (boxing) Glenn Hubbard (baseball) Jeremy Rose (horse racing) Bill Shoemaker (horse racing) Spud Webb (basketball) No Holds Barred (UFC/Octagon) competitors Mark Coleman Randy Couture Kevin Jackson Kevin Randleman Dan Severn Ken Shamrock AMERICAN HEROES who died in service to our country in the 2003 Iraq war Marine Lance Corporal Brian E. Anderson (wrestled in HS in Durham, NC) Marine Major Jay Thomas Aubin (killed in a British helicopter crash in Kuwait – wrestled in HS in Skowhegen, Maine) Marine Lance Corporal Andrew Aviles (wrestled in HS in Tampa) Marine Lance Corporal Brian Rory Buesing (wrestled in HS in Charlotte County, Florida) Marine Captain Travis Ford (wrestled in HS in Ogalalla, Nebraska) Marine Sgt. Brian McGinnis (wrestled in HS in St. Georges, Delaware) Marine Major Kevin Nave (wrestled in HS in White Lake Township, Mich.) Marine Lance Corporal Patrick O’Day (wrestled in HS at Santa Rosa, California) Sgt. 1st Class Randy Rehn (wrestled in HS in Longmont, Colorado) Marine Corporal Randal Kent Rosaker (wrestled in HS in Alamosa, Colorado) AUTHORS Terry Davis (Vision Quest) John Irving (The World According to Garp) The Late Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) Ron Kovic (Born of the Fourth of July) MILITARY LEADERS Denny Benchoff(3-star general) The Late Greg “Pappy” Boyington General Charles C. Krulak Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel George Patton Al Rushotz Retired Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf BUSINESS LEADERS Rocky Aoki (Benihana Restaurants) Scott Beck (Boston Market) James Bigger (Nestle) Ben Bishop (Bethlehem Steel) Dan Cathy (Chick-fil-a) John Filer (Aetna) Stephen Friedman (Goldman Sachs) Robert Hannan (Thrift Drug) Henry Kravis (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.) James Macalear (SMS Corp.) Ron McGruder (Olive Garden) Art Martori (Production Farm Management) David Pottruck (Charles Schwab) Edward Rust (State Farm) Arthur Rutzen (Wells Fargo) John Vaughan (Alco Standard) SPORTS BROADCASTING The Late Roone Arledge Jim Lampley Bill Macatee Tim Krumrie Ernie Ladd Jess Lewis Ray Lewis Ronnie Lott Kirk Loudermilk Joel Mackovica Steve Martin Mickey Marvin Napoleon McCallum Mark McDonald Chris McIntosh Greg Meisner Jim Nance Lorenzo Neal Stephen Neal Jeremy Newberry Chuck Noll Leo Nomellini Chuke Nwokoric Jonathan Ogden Irv Pankey David Patten Bob Pickens Jim Plunkett Dave Porter Mike Pyle Mike Reid Eric Rhett Brad St. Louis Cory Schlesinger Tony Siragusa Fred Smerlas Dave Szott Kyle Turley Rick Turnbull Tommy Vardell John Ward Fred Weary Charles White Ricky Williams Greg Wojochowski Alex Karras Coy Wire Art Baker Ronde Barber Tiki Barber Walter Barnes Harris Barton Brad Benson Bob Bruenig Tom Cousineau Tom Covert Roger Craig Curley Culp Larry Czonka Dan Dierdorff Ron Essink Jim Everett Demarco Farr Terrell Fletcher Bill Fralic Doug “Bubba” France Bill George Charlie Getty Kevin Glover LeRoi Glover Bob Golic Mike Golic Darrien Gordon Scottie Graham Tim Green Kelly Gregg Archie Griffin Nick Greisen John Hannah Carlton Haselrig Ron Heller Chad Hennings Jay Hilgenberg Bo Jackson Mario Johnson Henry Jordan Dave Joyner John Jurkovich Randy Grossman Marlon Greenwood James Mungro Jon Hartunian Mark Schlereth SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT (pro rasslers who were amateur wrestlers) Iron Sheik (Khosrow Vazin) Brock Lesnar Chief Wahoo McDaniel Earl McCready Randy Orton Nat Pendleton Brad Rheingans Bob Roop Joe Scarpello Ruffy Silverstein The Steiner Brothers The Late Chris Taylor The Late Mr. Wrestling/Tim Woods Kurt Angle Bob Backlund George Bollas Jack Brisco Mike DiBiase Dory Funk Verne Gagne Ray Gunkel Dan Hodge Dick Hutton Bob Roop Joe Scarpello Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat Rick Flair Terry Gerrin "Rhyno"