Mean Gene Okerlund Bio, Mean Gene Okerlund Wiki
Mean Gene Okerlund Bio: Eugene Arthur Okerlund December 19, 1942 – January 2, 2019, also known by his ring name “Mean” Gene Okerlund, was an American professional wrestling interviewer, announcer, and wrestler. He was best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. Gene was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by Hulk Hogan. He was signed to a lifetime contract with WWE and worked for promotional programs, mostly WWE Network programming and occasionally TV.
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Forming a band in his high school days, “Gene Carroll & The Shades” were based out of Sisseton, South Dakota, recording a single in 1959 “Red Devil / Do You Remember” (M&L 1001). A second single was released in 1962 “Is It Ever Gonna Happen / Holly” (Wausau C-1100) as “Gene Carroll”. They played parties throughout the Midwest and the Dakotas, and in 2009 were inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association’s Hall of Fame.
In his AWA days, Okerlund was given the nickname “Mean Gene Okerlund” by Jesse “The Body” Ventura – an irony, considering that throughout the years’ many wrestlers and promotion staff considered Okerlund the friendliest person in the game. Okerlund was close friends with the late Bobby Heenan, Hulk Hogan, and The Iron Sheik. Okerlund served as best man at the Iron Sheik’s wedding.
His name has been associated with fast food concept, Mean Gene Okerlund‘s Burgers, the brainchild of food-distributor Orion Food Systems headed by two of Okerlund’s nephews, which appeared on college campuses including Duke University and West Virginia University, as well as Mean Gene Okerlund’s Pizza, a chain of pizzerias located within bowling alleys. These are owned by Hot Stuff Foods, which was headed by two of his nephews. Early in 2006, Okerlund and Hot Stuff split. Okerlund and one of the nephews were planning to start their own food company on the brands, but Hot Stuff sued, claiming they had “Mean Gene Okerlund” trademarked. Okerlund lost, with the judge saying that Okerlund can’t use the name “Mean Gene Okerlund” for his new food company. Okerlund succeeded in canceling the trademark registrations held by Orion but remains enjoined from competing with Orion.
Okerlund had been married to his wife Jeanne since March 27, 1964, and had two grown children. Gene’s son Todd starred on the University of Minnesota ice hockey team from 1983 to 1987. Todd played on the 1988 United States Olympics team that competed in Calgary. He played four games with the NHL’s New York Islanders. A chronic knee injury ultimately forced his early retirement.
Okerlund had two kidney transplants, his first in 1995 and his second in 2004, one of which he received from his wife.
He spent most of his later years in Sarasota, Florida.
Mean Gene Okerlund Death Cause
Okerlund died on January 2, 2019, at the age of 76. The wrestling world has been rocked by the death of “Mean Gene Okerlund, the veteran interviewer who was as much a part of WWE as Spandex and chokeholds.
Renowned for his announcing, ringside commentary and chats with such stars as Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura, his death at 76 was announced by the WWE company.
Mean Gene Okerlund Bio