Gene Okerlund (1942 - 2019)

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  • "RIP Mean Gene! Truly missed!"
    - Robert Ewis
  • "Please accept my heartfelt and sympathy to the family and..."
    - Cheryl Bridges Auflick
  • "I always enjoyed watching Mean Gene announce on Wrestling. ..."
    - Echo Miller
  • "Thank You R.I.P"
    - Christian Brown
  • "Our sincere condolences to the Okerlund family. May you..."
    - Anthony

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“Mean” Gene Okerlund (1942 – 2019) was the star announcer for professional wrestling for many years. He came to fame as the face of the WWE, moving later to the rival WCW, returning to the WWE for the remainder of his career.

Okerlund interviewed wrestling’s biggest personalities, helping to turn stars into superstars. He played the straight man while the wrestlers would do their trademark over the top trash talk. He shared the screen with Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, the Ultimate Warrior and other legends.

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Wrestler Jesse Ventura gave Okerlund his nickname, calling him the “Mean Gene Hot Air Machine,” during an interview.

He was also a singer in rock and country bands and sang the national anthem at the first Wrestlemania in 1985.

He was inducted by Hulk Hogan into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

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