William James Myers [1937 - 2017]
With his bald head, hairy body, green tongue and penchant for gnawing on turnbuckles, George "The Animal" Steele was a truly maniacal figure in the ring. After receiving a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University and a master's degree from Central Michigan University, Steele became a high school teacher and amateur wrestling coach before turning to professional wrestling. He went on to enjoy an illustrious wrestling career that ran from 1967 to 1989 with occasional ring appearances well into the 2000s. Steele's finishing move was known as the "Flying Hammerlock." In the mid-80s, Steele engaged in a memorable feud with "Macho Man" Randy Savage after developing a serious crush on Miss Elizabeth. Steele has also appeared in several films, most notably as "Tor Johnson" in Ed Wood . He died on February 16, 2017 of kidney failure.
I watched him wrestle when I was a kid then in 2014 I got to meet him in real life at a minor league baseball game in Vermont. One of the nicest guys I ever met.
He was my 9th grade gym teacher at Madison High School. We all knew he wrestled with a mask under the ring name "The Student" but he would never admit to it back then. He was a good teacher and well respected by all his students.
George was an amazing wrestler and his pupal say he was a great teacher. Thank you for the meomeries.
Nice guy... Went to the same chuch as I did. Class act
I remember watching this vividly as a child. WOW! Thanks for sharing!!!!
I was under the impression that he passed away couple of years ago in Lorain, Ohio after a long illness.
wow...i love this man! he make me crazy with his hairy body
Because I look a little like him I travel with his wrestling figurine on the dashboard of my truck. May the gods always bless you, George...
One of my favorite people. I used to play handball with George when we were students at Michigan State. Back then went by Jim and "Moose." Sometimes I called him Jim and other times Moose. On the handball court he was exceptionally fast for a big guy, and a very good competitive player. I wish I had stayed closer to him after college. Jim was a very likeable guy. I remember his wife, Pat, and she was a wonderful lady, and very good looking. I hope Jim lives for another 20 years.
WE MET THE ANIMAL IN ALLENTOWN PENNSYLVANIA. WE LIVED IN TANNERSVILLE, PENNSLVANIA AT THE TIME. PRESENTLY WE LIVE IN THE BIG STATE OF TEXAS. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU GEORGE.
He was my favorite wrestler and had his figure too!! He was the best! Glad to see he is still doing well!!!
best wrestler ever thanks for everything
i think i was the animal's biggets fan.
he was my coach's coach. comes from the city I was born in, heard tons of stories about this guy, good dude.
It's unbelievable that this guy was a professor of Economics LMAO! Too much!
Does anyone else out there remember the ad for (I believe) Apple computers with Steele and Tony Randall? George was also briefly on promotional tags stuck to Rubbermaid Roughneck trash barrels (so was the late Jim "Brute" Bernard). George was dressed as a garbage man in the picture on the tag.
I REMEMBER SEEING HIM AT A MATCH IN PERSON BACK IN LATE 79. . I WENT UP TO THE RING WITH MY PAD AND PEN AND ASKED HIM FOR AN AUTOGRAPH . HE HIT MY HAND AND THE PAD AND PEN FLEW BACK ABOUT 10 ROWS. .SAID TO MY SELF , MAN THIS GUY IS CRAZY!!!i CAN RELATE....ONE OF MY FAVORITE!!!
My favorite wrestler of all time I met him and he a true gentleman
Loved him both as a kid when he wrestled and as his portrayal of Tor Johnson in Ed Wood.
George made wrestling a lot more fun for a 10 year old kid like me. Great to see he's still alive and kicking!