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Date Posted: 14:53:06 02/17/17 Fri
Author: Mike Silverstein
Subject: George "The Animal" Steele

George "The Animal" Steele died today in Cocoa Beach, FL. He was 79.

He started out as Jim Myers, a high school teacher and coach, who eventually got a Masters Degree from Central Michigan. Teachers in the mid-60's needed summer jobs and part-time stuff to supplement their income, so Jim got hooked up with the Detroit wrestling promotion. Not wanting to risk his day job, he wore a mask at first and called himself "The Student."

Story goes Bruno saw him in Detroit, and got him to come to Pittsburgh, first as "The Student." It was here, on Studio Wrestling that his most famous persona, George The Animal Steele, made his debut and began to develop into one of wrestling's most iconic characters.

While most of us were enjoying Saturday dinner, George was eating turnbuckles and grunting and drooling. The green tongue, by the way, was courtesy of Clorets. His interviews with Chilly Billy were hilarious, as was the entire schtick. But it was up on Fineview Hill where George got his start and Pittsburghers loved what they saw. He was a hoot!

I lost track of George until the movie "Ed Wood" came out. He played the role of Tor Jonson, and did a wonderful job. He appeared in another movie or two, did some TV, and promoted health foods in his retirement.

From all accounts, Jim Myers was a genuine nice guy, who was about as different as can be from his George The Animal Steele character.

If anyone knows any stories about "George" or Studio Wrestling, it would be a good time to share.


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