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Overview (5)

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died in Hollywood, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameRoderick George Toombs
Nicknames The Rowdy Scot
Hot Rod
The Hot Scot
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Roddy Piper was born Roderick George Toombs on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a pro wrestler from 1973-1987 in the NWA, Pacific Northwest, California. He was a longtime mainstay in the WWF, and was one of the biggest "bad guys" in the WWF during the early '80s, before becoming a fan favorite in the late '80s. He became infamous for his mouth as much as his skills in the ring. He hosted Pipers Pit, which saluted the bad guys of professional wrestling, the most famous of which involved him smashing Jimmy Superfly Snuka over the head with a coconut. He was wrestling's most popular villain because of his feud with Hulk Hogan that culminated at Wrestlemania I. He went into semi-retirement after Wrestlemania III, when he beat and shaved the late Adrian Adonis.

He continued to wrestle into the '90s, but spent much of his time doing color commentary for WWF TV. In January 1992, he won the WWF Intercontinental Title from "The Mountie", the only title he would ever hold in his storied WWF career. After losing the title three months later, he left the WWF, and only made the occasional appearance in the ring over the next few years. In 1995, he had a stint as the WWF's interim president. He later resurfaced in WCW during the late '90s to continue his feud with "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, until the company's demise in 2001.

Roddy Piper appeared in many action films. He died of a heart attack on July 31, 2015, in Hollywood, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Shawn Alvey <jdjs@mail.ameritel.net>

Spouse (1)

Kitty Dittrich (12 October 1982 - 31 July 2015) ( his death) ( 4 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Wears a kilt
Finishing move: Sleeper Hold
Trademark move: Eye Poke
Out of control attitude.

Trivia (46)

Professional wrestler-turned-actor and published author.
He appeared in some of the live-action segments of the cartoon series "Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N' Wrestling" (1985-198?).
Is a former Golden Gloves boxer and black belt in Judo.
Former WWF Intercontinental and WCW U.S. Champion; WWE Hall of Famer.
Mentored the late professional wrestler Art Barr.
Notorious for hitting Jimmy Snuka in the head with a coconut on television in July 1984.
A featured singer in the MTV music video "Land of 1000 Dances" (1985) with Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper and Rick Derringer.
Aided by former henchman 'ACE' Cowboy Bob Orton, whipped Mr. T with a belt after a boxing match between T and Orton on WWF's Saturday Night Main Event in 1985.
Returned to the WWE at Wrestlemania 19 in March 2003 to help Vince McMahon attempt to beat Hulk Hogan. This was surprising to most as Roddy and Vince are not each others biggest fans (both on-air and in real life). Piper began hosting his interview segment "Piper's Pit" again and worked for the WWE until July 2003, where after causing a stir on a program about wrestlers and drug use and admitting to a great dislike of his on-air character, the WWE ended their relationship with him again.
After a falling out with his father, he hit the road, and from age 12 to 15, he stayed in youth hostels wherever he could find them. This mirrors his character Nada in They Live (1988) who had left home when he was 13.
At Starrcade 1983, Piper beat Greg Valentine in the legendary "dog collar" match. Roddy lost 75% of the hearing in his left ear, which remains today.
At Wrestlemania V, Piper did a Piper's Pit segment interviewing Brother Love and the late Morton Downey Jr.. Downey repeatedly blew smoke in Piper's face, so Piper used a fire extinguisher on him.
Notable title wins include: NWA Americas champion (Los Angeles); NWA Americas Tag titles (Los Angeles); NWA US Champion (San Francisco); NWA Pacific Northwest tag champion (4); NWA Pacific Northwest champion (2); Canadian Tag (Vancouver) w/ Rick Martel; NWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion (2); NWA US champion (Mid-Atlantic) (2) NWA Mid-Atlantic champion; WWF Intercontinental champion; WCW United States Title.
Inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame (2005).
His very first pro wrestling match was against Larry "The Axe" Hennig. Piper lost to Hennig in ten seconds, and he earned 25 dollars (in Canadian funds) for the match.
Piper served as Interim President of the WWE in early 1996.
Piper was named Interim WCW Commissioner in 1997.
Piper was Storyline Vice President of WCW in July 1999.
Previous Manager: "Cowboy" Bob Orton
Learned his patented eye poke and sleeper hold from watching wrestling gurus Mark and Harry McCaul (aka The McCaul Manglers) of Winchester, Massachusetts.
He was the special guest referee in the "I Quit" match between Bret "Hitman" Hart and Bob Backlund at WrestleMania XI.
Claims the only pin fall loss he ever had in the WWF was to Bret Hart at Wrestlemania 8, however on the Coliseum Video Release, Best of the WWF Vol. 3, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka clearly pinned Piper in a strap match.
Former World Tag Team Champion.
In 1980, Piper and Rick Martel won the NWA Pacific Northwest tag team titles three times.
By late 1975 and early 1976, Piper was a top heel for Mike & Gene LeBell's NWA Hollywood Wrestling.
In 1981, Piper started with the Georgia territory as an antagonistic heel commentator.
From 1973-1975, Piper was a jobber in the AWA.
Successfully beat Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Has four children: daughters Anastacia, Ariel Tiel, Fallon Danica and son Colton.
One of his daughters is actress Ariel Teal Toombs and his son is MMA Fighter Colt Toombs.
Released a single called "I'm Your Man" (1992).
Was asked to induct his on-screen rival, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. He was forced to decline, as he was just about to begin working for WCW. Snuka was instead inducted by Don Muraco.
Considers Greg Valentine to be his toughest opponent, and Greg Valentine has implied that the feeling is mutual.
Following his death, his remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered over his home in Gaston, Oregon.
For a while, Roddy Piper replaced Jesse Ventura as a commentator for the WWE. Piper commentated on "pay-per-view" events like the 4th Annual Surivor Series, the 1991 Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania VII and others.
Piper always said that Ric Flair and Rick Martel were among his closest friends in the wrestling business.
In his young days, Piper trained in amateur boxing and became Golden Gloves standard.
According to Piper in his memoirs, he recalled his taking part in the main event at the first "Wrestlemania." After the event was over, Roddy Piper claimed that neither he or his tag team partner Paul Orndorff received any thanks for their contribution. Piper remained resentful about this for years after.
Piper's most popular feuds in the WWE, with with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Rick Rude and Paul Orndorff.
Claimed that Gene LeBell was the toughest man he knew.
Made a special appearance at Summerslam '92, playing the bagpipes before the final match on the card.
Returned to the WWE in 1989, when Piper made a guest appearance at Wrestlemania 5.
Just as it was with their WWE story angle, Roddy Piper and Mr. T shared a mutual dislike for each other in real life.
Claimed to feeling disappointed that he was never given the WWE heavyweight title.
In his autobiography, Piper clearly stated how bitter he felt after the first Wrestlemania event had finished. Apparently, he didn't receive any kind of gratitude for contributing to the success of the main event at Wrestlemania.
Had a rematch against The Mountie on "Saturday Night's Main Event" in February 1992, following their Royal Rumble match.

Personal Quotes (8)

I'm the reason Hulk Hogan lost his hair!
Just when they think they know all the answers, I change the questions.
Real men wear kilts.
I'm so quick, I could spit in the wind, duck, and let it hit the old lady behind me.
I don't need to know how tough I am to know how tough I am.
[on co-star Keith David] Keith David, it took us 20 years to see each other after we did They Live (1988). When we were shooting that movie, Keith came over to me and he's a schooled, Julliard actor - a professional - and he would help me with my script, while everyone else was saying, "This is just some dumb jock coming to act now." But he stood up for me, and we had such a bond.
[on being cast in They Live (1988)] You know, when we did it, it was about Reaganomics, but it was also a political statement about where our society is headed. Right now, what they're trying to do in society is get rid of all cash money so you just have a chip and everything is on your chip. Well, that's full control. If you go on an airplane right now, they won't take cash anymore. They actually say, "We're a cashless airplane." Wait a second? You won't take cash? That's "OBEY. This is your God." I think this movie is a statement of "keep our freedom," and I believe everybody gets that from it no matter what generation.
I never told the fans to say their prayers or take their vitamins. They cheered for me because they wanted to, not because they were programmed to.

Salary (1)

WrestleMania VI (1990) $50,000

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