Hulk Hogan. biography
Born Terry Gene Bollea, on August 11, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia, Hulk Hogan first realized his love for wrestling while in high school. Despite not earning a college degree, Hogan further perfected his wrestling skills by training alongside gym owners Jerry and Jack Brisco before being discovered by famous WWF promoter Vincent McMahon Sr. in 1979.
Hogan made his debut as professional wrestler in a match against Andre the Giant in 1980. His impressive win ultimately earned him a minor role next to Sylvester Stallone in the sport drama Rocky III (1982).
In 1984, Hogan’s small fan following tripled in size when he beat Iron Sheil and took home the WWF championship belt, all of which created the nickname “Hulkamania.”
For the next couple years, the up-and-coming wrestle remained the champion, creating even more hype around his name and leading to a large amount of “Hulkamania” products. He also began landing starring roles in films such as Mr. Nanny (1993) and Santa with Muscles (1996).
Hogan’s success, however, was derailed when McMahon was accused of providing WWF wrestlers with anabolic steroids in the early 1990s. Although Hogan admitted to abusing drugs, he was able to make a comeback by recreating his image as a villain under the moniker “Hollywood Hogan” in 1996.
By 2002, Hogan had published his autobiography Hollywood Hulk Hogan prior to starring in his own reality series Hogan Knows Best (2005) alongside his then-wife Linda and their two kids Nick and Brooke. He also was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame that same year.
In spite of his son Nick pleading no-contest to a felony count of reckless driving, in which his friend John Graziano was critically inured, and Linda filing divorce in 2008, Hogan continued his success by hosting American Gladiators as well as Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling.
Hogan’s most recent projects include, TNA Impact! Wrestling (2010-2011), China, IL (2011-2013) and Wrestle Talk TV (2012).
Hulk Hogan Ex-Wife, Girlfriend & Dating History Timeline
1983 – 2007
Hogan and Linda Claridge (b. 1959) tied the knot on December 18, 1983 and went on to welcome their two children, Brooke (b. 5 May 1988) and Nick (b. 27 July 1990).
2007 – 2007
After Christiane Plante, who had worked on Brooke’s 2006 album, revealed to The National Enquirer that she had an affair with Hogan while the family was filming Hogan Knows Best, Linda filed for divorce on November 20, 2007.
2008 – Present
Once his divorce was finalized, Hogan proposed to his girlfriend Jennifer McDaniel in November 2009 followed by a wedding on December 14, 2010.