Known as "Jake the Snake" for bringing a python into the ring with him when he wrestled, he enjoyed a long, popular career in the WWF and WCW.
He began his wrestling career doing small shows in Louisiana.
He is credited with inventing the finishing move the DDT, which became a widely-used mainstay in pro wrestling.
His father, Aurelian "Grizzly" Smith, was a pro wrestler.
He once DDT'd Hulk Hogan on an episode of "The Snake Pit."