Harley Race

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Date of Birth April 11, 1943
Place of Birth Quitman, Missouri
Date of Death Aug 1, 2019 (76)
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Harley Race

Harley Leland Race was an American professional wrestler, promoter, and trainer. Race wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance, the American Wrestling Association, the World Wrestling Federation, and World Championship Wrestling. He was a nine time world champion, having won the WWA World Heavyweight Championship once and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship eight times and was the first NWA United States Heavyweight Champion. Race is one of six men to have been inducted into each of the WWE Hall of Fame, the NWA Hall of Fame, the WCW Hall of Fame, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

Birth name: Harley Leland Race
Born: April 11, 1943, Quitman, Missouri, U.S.
Died: August 01, 2019, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
Cause of death: Lung cancer
Children: 3
Ring name(s): The Great Mortimer, Harley Race, Jack Long, The King, Handsome Harley Race, King Harley Race
Billed from: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Trained by: Buddy Austin, Ray Hrstich, Stanislaus Zbyszko, Wladek Zbyszko
Debut: 1960
Retired: 1990
IMDb: Harley Race's IMDb

About Harley Race

Considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time; WWE and WCW Hall of Famer, and an 8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion.

Before Fame

He trained as a teen under former world champion wrestlers Stanislaus and Wladek Zbyszko.


He courted controversy after appearing masked in the 1999 NBC special Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets.

Family Life

His wife, Vivian Louise Jones, was killed in a car crash. He later married B.J. Race from 1982 until 2009. He had sons named Leland and Justin.


His June 10, 1983 match against Ric Flair was named as the Match of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

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Latest information about Harley Race updated on August 05, 2020.

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