Dave Schultz

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Birthday
6, 1959
Birthplace
Palo Alto, CA
Death Date
Jan 26, 1996 (36)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
6, 1959
Birthplace
Palo Alto, CA
Death Date
Jan 26, 1996 (36)

About

Freestyle wrestler who became a five-time Wrestling World Cup Champion and won gold at the 1984 Olympic Games. His 1996 murder at the hands of millionaire John du Pont was dramatized in the 2014 film Foxcatcher. 

Before Fame

He won a state title at Palo Alto High School and later, an NCAA Championship in the 167-pound weight class while at Oklahoma State University.

Trivia

Following his death, USA Wrestling established the annual Dave Schultz Memorial International wrestling meet in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Family Life

He was survived by his wife Nancy and children Alexander and Danielle. His brother, fellow freestyle wrestler Mark Schultz, also won gold medals at the 1984 Olympic Games. 

Associated With

He was portrayed in Foxcatcher by Mark Ruffalo, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance.