WWA World Heavyweight champion who was known for a wild demeanor that helped form the brawling style of wrestling.
He was a star football player out of college, and briefly played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.
He died in a locker room altercation in which he was stabbed.
He was married twice: to Nola Marie Neece, and to Barbara Brody, with whom he had a son.
After his fatal stabbing, Tony Atlas carried his body down the stairs to the paramedics.