Terry Gene Bollea, well known by his wrestling nickname Hulk Hogan, was born on August 11, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia. He is the youngest son of Pete Bollea, a building foreman and Ruth Bollea, a housewife and dance trainer.He got a curiosity for wrestling in high school. He went on to learn at Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida. Nevertheless, in spite of his teaching, his interests remained in the wrestling ring, and he never got his educational certificatesand degrees. In its place, he opted to dedicate his time to working out in a neighboring fitness center, owned by wrestlers Jack and Jerry Brisco. Motivated and encouraged by these two brothers, he spent a small number of months wrestling on some small circuits in the Southeast.
In 1979, Terry Gene Bollea's flair caught the awareness of Vincent McMahon Sr., the renowned supporter and owner of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), the most well known wrestling group in the Northeast. McMahon gave Bollea an opportunity to join the WWF - besides a new individuality. Due to his huge build (he stood 6"8" and weighed 303 pounds) and semblance to the comic book hero the Incredible Hulk, McMahon recommended that Terry should adopt the name Hulk Hogan.
In 1980, Hulk Hogan had his first appearance in opposition to the violent Andre the Giant. He won the contest, along with the admiration and support of wrestling enthusiasts all through the country. Actor Sylvester Stallone was so impressed by his show that he cast him as "Thunderlips the Ultimate Male" in his 1982 movie Rocky III.
In 1984, Hulk Hogan was honored the WWF championship belt for his unforgettable defeat of the Iron Sheik and Hogan, along with the connected phenomena of "Hulkamania," rose to super recognition. He would hold this title for three more years during which his success continued to strengthen public interest with professional wrestling.
The triumph and reputation that he enjoyed in the 1980s was offset by the collapse he suffered through the early 1990s. Blamed of providing anabolic steroids to its wrestlers, the WWF underwent a disordered trial in which he was called to testify against his former boss Vince McMahon Jr., (who succeeded his father as the WWF owner). His admittance of his drug misuse made him to end up both his wrestling and film professions.
He astonished all and sundry by making an amazing reappearance to the wrestling ring in 1996.He reinvented himself as "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, established himself as a villain and, once more, secured his reputation among wrestling fans. He joined media tycoon Ted Turner's WCW (World Championship Wrestling) as part of the New World Order, a wrestling team that paired he with two other wrestlers, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. This recognized triumvirate achieved enormous support from wrestling fans and, in due course, returned Hulk Hogan to the achievement of his past.
His career as a proficient wrestler has spanned over two decades, and he remains to be one of the sport’s most renowned figures. He is most celebrated for his activities in bringing the WWF to the public arena. He is also in principal responsible for the huge esteem of wrestling as a form of family leisure.
By 1985, Hulk Hogan had attained wonderful reputation among Americans. His image was marketed to sell a huge number of products, and he began to take on most important roles in a number of films. In 1989, he starred in a wrestling film titled No Holds Barred. While this film had reasonable accomplishment, he was seen in numeral of box office disasters, which included Mr. Nanny (1993) and Santa with Muscles (1996). He also starred in the family films Suburban Commando, 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998). He starred in his own television sequence, Thunder in Paradise, in 1994. He is the star of The Ultimate Weapon (1997), in which Brutus Beefcake also appears in a cameo. He performed the role of an old chap in a bar in Colma: The Musical (2006) in which he sings and dances about being single.
On December 18, 1983, Bollea wedded Linda Claridge (born August 24, 1959). They gave a birth to daughter Brooke (born May 5, 1988) and a son Nick (born July 27, 1990). In current years Bollea has made his personal life the attraction of the television show he Knows Best, which includes his two kids and his spouse. His wife Linda appealed for divorce on November 20, 2007, in Pinellas County, Florida. He is at present living with his daughter Brooke.