George "The Animal" Steele created unforgettable image in insane world of wrestling

Wrestling legend, high school teacher, and football coach, George Steele, aka "The Animal", has died at the age of 79.

In punk rock band Half Japanese's song, "George Steele", the lyrics honor the former wrestler: "There's a man who I admire, a man who set his hair on fire".

His trademarks were his hairy upper body, bald head, green tongue and that he spoke in grunts. He was later inducted into the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame.

Last May he tweeted about suffering "serious health challenges".

The Bleacher Report reported that at WrestleMania 2, Steele "lost an Intercontinental Championship match" to Randy "Macho Man" Savage.


Myers began wrestling while he was a school teacher in MI, using a mask to protect his privacy. Steele was in Steamboat's corner during the epic battle, which is one of the best matches in the history of pro wrestling/sports entertainment. On Friday morning, the WWE confirmed that Steele had died at 79 years old. He also had his colon removed in 2002.

Steele was known for his wild, unpredictable character.

Below are just some of the reactions from the likes of Vince McMahon, Triple H, Hulk Hogan and many more. He first competed in the WWE in 1967, squaring off against the promotion's long-time champion, Bruno Sammartino.

Steele would retire from wrestling full-time in 1988 due to Crohn's Disease.

Steele made his film debut in 1994 in Tim Burton's Ed Wood, playing Swedish wrestler and actor Tor Johnson, and also had roles in the movies Blowfish and Small Town Conspiracy.

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