John du Pont

Birthday
22, 1938
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Dec 9, 2010 (72)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
22, 1938
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Dec 9, 2010 (72)

About

Member of the wealthy du Pont family who shot and killed Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz in January 1996. He was a prominent sponsor of USA Wrestling and created a wrestling facility on his property in which wrestlers could train as members of Team Foxcatcher.

Before Fame

He attended the University of Pennsylvania but dropped out during his freshman year. He later earned a doctorate in Natural Science from Villanova University.

Trivia

His crime and obsession with USA Wrestling were dramatized in the critically-acclaimed 2014 film Foxcatcher.

Family Life

His family made a fortune manufacturing gunpowder in the 1800's. His marriage to Gale Wenk in 1983 was annulled after just 90 days.

Associated With

He was portrayed in Foxcatcher by Steve Carell, who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance.