Also known as Major Yates and The Red Knight for certain wrestling associations, he is best known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation.
After completing his education at Florida State University, he trained with Boris Malenko in order to make his professional wrestling debut in 1979 on the Floridian independent circuit.
He has numerous championships to his name and was honored as the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year for 1995.
He was born in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Action Bronson made him the subject of one of his rap songs.