No. 4: Gorgeous George

It gets old watching Chad Ocho-whatever-his-name-is-today showboat around as though he was God’s gift—but there’s nothing like the original! Gorgeous George was the original, a professional wrestler who emerged in the late 1940s with an act later ripped off by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000060" title="Psy (entertainer)" href="/topic/entertainment/psy-%28entertainer%29-PECLB000060.topic">Muhammad Ali</a>, James Brown and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0004429" title="Hulk Hogan" href="/topic/entertainment/television/hulk-hogan-PECLB0004429.topic">Hulk Hogan</a>. Wagner’s magnetism drew crowds outside appliance stores to catch his early <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP000008770" title="KTLA" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/television-industry/ktla-ORCRP000008770.topic">KTLA</a> television performances from the Olympic Auditorium. Entertainment Weekly named his 1947 TV debut one of the top 100 televised moments of the 20th Century. Wagner dyed his hair platinum blond and entered the ring only after one of his valets disinfected it with Chanel “No. 10.” He would say “Why be half safe?”
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( Los Angeles Times )

It gets old watching Chad Ocho-whatever-his-name-is-today showboat around as though he was God’s gift—but there’s nothing like the original! Gorgeous George was the original, a professional wrestler who emerged in the late 1940s with an act later ripped off by Muhammad Ali, James Brown and Hulk Hogan. Wagner’s magnetism drew crowds outside appliance stores to catch his early KTLA television performances from the Olympic Auditorium. Entertainment Weekly named his 1947 TV debut one of the top 100 televised moments of the 20th Century. Wagner dyed his hair platinum blond and entered the ring only after one of his valets disinfected it with Chanel “No. 10.” He would say “Why be half safe?”

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