Ivan Koloff

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Date of Birth August 25, 1942
Place of Birth Canada
Date of Death Feb 18, 2017 (74)
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Ivan Koloff

Ivan Koloff was a Canadian professional wrestler, best known for once holding the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship. He was known as "The Russian Bear".

Birth name: Oreal Donald Perras
Born: August 25, 1942, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: February 18, 2017, Winterville, North Carolina, United States
Cause of death: Liver cancer
Ring name(s): Ivan Koloff, Jim Parris, Orwell Paris, Red McNulty
Billed from: Moscow, Russia
Trained by: Jack Wentworth, Dan Koloff
Debut: 1961
Retired: 1994
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About Ivan Koloff

Canadian professional wrestler nicknamed "The Russian Bear" most famous for his years in the World Wrestling Federation, where he became a World Heavyweight Champion. He was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in 2011.

Before Fame

He began training at the wrestling school run by Jack Wentworth in Ontario at age eighteen and debuted as the heel Red McNulty.


He appeared on the very first Eastern Championship Wrestling card in 1992.

Family Life

His birth name was Oreal Perras. He had four children with his wife Renae.


He wrestled Superstar Billy Graham for the WWE Heavyweight crown in the 70's.

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