Known as Ravishing Rick Rude, he was a three-time WCW International World Heavyweight Champion.
He attended Robbinsdale High School in Minnesota, where he was one of eight classmates who would become a well-known professional wrestler.
In November 1985, he won the WCWA World Heavyweight Championship, and, in September 1993, he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
He had three children with his wife, Michelle, whom he was married to until his death.
He defeated Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1993.