Hulk Hogan

Terry Eugene Bollea, born August 11, 1953, is the world’s most recognized professional wrestler since the 1980s. Starting as a musician in a band, his career journey took a different path after being approached by two wrestlers. The wrestling star started his career in 1977 and has since, performed remarkably, making him a five-time W.W.F. Championship winner, and W.W.E’s highest-paid athlete after becoming the winner of 12 world titles. In addition to wrestling, Hogan has appeared in several movies, and television shows, and filmed his own reality television show in 2005. We share his career insights here from beginning to retirement, in celebration of his birthday!

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Terry Eugene Bollea



Birth date:

August 11, 1953



Zodiac Sign:



6' 0"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$25 million

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Terry Eugene Bollea, professionally known as Hulk Hogan, is the world’s most recognized wrestling star since he started his career in the 1980s. Hogan was born on August 11, 1953, in Augusta, Georgia, and is of Scottish and French descent. The wrestling star enjoyed watching wrestling as a young teenage boy and his favorite wrestling stars at the time were Dusty Rhodes and Superstar Billy Graham. As a boy, he used to play baseball as a pitcher for the Little League baseball team, and after graduating from high school, studied at Hillsborough Community College and the University of Florida. Hogan had an interest in music and played the fretless bass guitar in several Florida rock bands. In 1976, during his early 20s, Hogan started a band with two fellow musicians, called Ruckus who were known for performing at several bars in Florida. Little did Hogan know that this very band would lead him to his superstardom in the world of wrestling!

Hulk Hogan Starts Wrestling

During his time as a musician, Hogan started lifting weights at the gym and was spotted by two Florida wrestlers, Jack and Gerald Brisco, during one of Ruckus’s bar performances, as they were intrigued by his physique. The Brisco brothers asked Hogan if he’d be interested in training to wrestle, an opportunity which Hogan gladly accepted. Hogan started with Hiro Matsuda, who was a wrestler trainer for Championship Wrestling from Florida. After training for more than a year with Matsuda, Hogan made his professional wrestling debut against Brian Blair in 1977.

A year later, in 1978, Hogan started wrestling for the “Louie Tillet’s Alabama” territory which was outside of Florida, and in 1979, won his first professional championship, the N.W.A. Southeastern Heavyweight Championship after defeating Bob Roop in Tennessee. Within the same year of 1979, Hogan won his first match in the World Wrestling Federation after his match with Harry Valdez. After signing with the W.W.F. in 1983, Hogan’s performance earned him worldwide recognition. Within the same year of signing with the W.W.F, Hogan wrestled in the International Wrestling Grand Prix tournament and became the first IWGP Heavyweight Champion. In 1982, Hogan made his acting debut in “Rocky III” as “Cameo.”

Professional wrestling became a popular sport and topic during the 1980s and Hogan became the face of the sport. He was the most requested celebrity for the “Make-a-Wish Foundation,” a children’s charity, appeared on the cover of various magazines, and made the headline of eight of the nine editions of “WrestleMania.” He is a five-time W.W.F. Championship winner and became the first wrestler to win the Royal Rumble matches two years in a row. In addition to wrestling, Hogan made several movie appearances between the late 1980s and early 1990s and also filmed his own reality television show in 2005 called “Hogan Knows Best,” which starred his wife and kids. In 2006, he released a food and beverage line called Hogan Energy, which consisted of energy drinks, microwavable hamburgers, and chicken sandwiches that were sold at Wal-Mart. Hogan retired from his wrestling career in 2012 and the same year, opened up a beachfront restaurant called Hogan’s Beach.

The Hulk Hogan Movie

Chris Hemsworth is set to play Hulk Hogan in a biopic. The release date is yet to be confirmed, but the actor said in 2022 “that film’s a while away. That’s sort of in the development stage you know, and if that comes to fruition, great. Todd Phillips is brilliant. Haven’t ripped any shirts off yet, but you’ll be the first to hear about it when I do.”

Hulk Hogan Movies




Gnomeo & Juliet2011Terrafirminator V.O.
Little Hercules2009Zeus
Muppets from Space1999Himself
The Ultimate Weapon1998Cutter
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain1998Dave Dragon
McCinsey’s Island1998Joe McGrai
Santa with Muscles1996Blake Thorn
The Secret Agent Club1996Ray Chase
Spy Hard1996Steele’s  Tag-Team Member
Thunder in Paradise1993Randolph J. Hurricane Spencer
Mr. Nanny1993Sean Armostrong
Suburban Commando1991Shep Ramsey
Gremlins 2: The New Batch1990Himself
No Holds Barred1989Rip Thomas
Bimini Code1983Rick, Blond Henchman
Rocky III1982Thunderlips

Career timeline

Hogan Starts a Musical Band

Hogan and two fellow musicians start a band called Ruckus.

Hogan’s Professional Wrestling Debut

Hogan plays his first wrestling match against Brian Blair.

Hogan Wins His First Professional Championship

Hogan wins his first professional championship, the N.W.A. Southeastern Heavyweight Championship after defeating Bob Roop in Tennessee.

Hogan Wins His First W.W.F. Match

Hogan wins his first match in the World Wrestling Federation against Harry Valdez.

The First I.W.G.P. Heavyweight Champion

Hogan wrestles in the International Wrestling Grand Prix tournament and becomes the first I.W.G.P. Heavyweight Champion

Hogan Films a Reality Show

Hogan films his first reality television show called “Hogan Knows Best.”

Hogan Retires From Wrestling

Hogan retires from his professional wrestling career.

Why We Love Hulk Hogan

  1. His iconic mustache

    Besides his legendary performance in the wrestling ring, Hogan was easily recognizable by his iconic mustache! Throughout his entire career and to this day, Hogan still rocks his stache!

  2. He loves his fans as much as they love him

    Hogan always interacts with his fans whether it’s through social media or by signing their personal items by request. Hogan has opened up a shop that allows fans to bring in their own personal items and have Hogan sign them himself, and sells his own items too.

  3. He is a role model to many

    Becoming a worldwide wrestling star, thousands of young boys looked up to Hogan as their wrestler role model. He was also well respected.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He had his own Saturday morning cartoon

    Hogan launched his own cartoon show called “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n Wrestling” which played every Saturday morning.

  2. Fired from wrestling after “Rocky III”

    Hogan shared that it was a rule not to do any television shows or movies while signed up as a wrestler, however, Hogan went for it anyway.

  3. He was W.W.E’s highest-paid athlete

    Hogan became W.W.E’s highest-paid athlete after winning 12 world titles.

  4. His parents didn’t approve of wrestling

    It wasn’t until Hogan won his first title that his parents finally approved of his wrestling career.

  5. He had several ring names

    Hogan started his wrestling career with the ring name “The Super Destroyer,” to “Sterling Golden,” to “Terry the Hulk Boulder” before finally deciding on ”Hulk Hogan.”

Hulk Hogan FAQs

Where does Hulk Hogan stay?

Hulk Hogan resides at 1040 Eldorado Avenue in Clearwater.

Who is Hulk Hogan’s son?

Nick Hogan, who is also an American television personality.

When was Hulk Hogan’s last match?

Hogan’s last match was on February 1, 2013, on a T.N.A. show in London, where he teamed with wrestlers Sting and Bully Ray.

Hulk Hogan’s birthday dates

2024August 11Sunday
2025August 11Monday
2026August 11Tuesday
2027August 11Wednesday
2028August 11Friday

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