Feb. 25th, 1949
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Ric Flair's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles
Richard Morgan Fliehr isn't what you'd expect from a professional wrestler. A medical student at Minnesota University (his father was a doctor, his mother an actress), Flair dropped out college to train for the mat wars under legendary former AWA World champ Verne Gagne. He made his professional wrestling debut on December 10, 1972, wrestling "Scrap Iron" George Gadaski (real name: John Kosti) to a ten minute draw in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. After spending the first few months of his career with Gagne's Minneapolis Boxing & Wrestling Club (which used the brand name "American Wrestling Association"), Flair moved on to Charlotte, North Carolina where he became a regular for Jim Crockett Promotions (a member of the worldwide sanctioning body known as the National Wrestling Alliance) under the direction of matchmaker (wrestling terminology for writer) George Scott. In 1981, he captured his first NWA World title (he would hold that belt officially nine other times). Later on, he would work for both World Championship Wrestling (a company formed by Ted Turner after buying the wrestling assets of JCP) and Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment. He has been officially recognized as a World champion (an honor which generally signifies that a wrestler is the top attraction in any given company) 21 times, garnering recognition from the NWA, WWE, and WCW (as well as the WCW spin-off group WCWI, or World Championship Wrestling International). He is the only man in wrestling history to hold all four versions of the title.
- Considered a run for Governor of North Carolina but dropped out of the race when Jesse Ventura told Flair, a notorious partier, that the press would have a field day with his personal life.
- He was touted on WCW and NWA television as the cousin of Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson, however in actuality none of the three men are related.
- Has won and lost World Titles to Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Kerry Von Erich, Ron Garvin, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Randy Savage, Bret Hart, Vader, Hulk Hogan, Rick Rude, Barry Windham, Diamond Dallas Page, and The Giant (Paul Wight)
- 1975 Inside Wrestling Rookie of the Year.
- Roddy Piper was the best man at his wedding
- Stated in his Autobiography that Mick Foley would always be remembered as a "Glorified Stuntman".
- Notable Title Wins Include: Mid-Atlantic Tag Team titles with Rip Hawk; Mid-Atlantic TV title (2); NWA Tag Team Championship with Greg Valentine (2) NWA Tag Team Championship with Blackjack Mulligan; NWA United States title (5); Missouri Heavyweight title; NWA World Heavyweight Title (10); WWF Royal Rumble winner; WWF Federation Title (2); WCW World Title (8) WCW United States Title; WWE World Tag Team titles with Batista (2); WWE Intercontinental Championship
- 1975 Wrestling Rookie of the Year.