Sunday, May 20, 2012

Real Life Shrek, Maurice Tillet of Russia

Would you believe  that the leading character from the American animated comedy fantasy film Shrek is somewhat real? Yes! You read it right. The grouchy, scary and green ogre, Shrek character is based on true to life character Maurice Tillet of Russia

Maurice Tillet was a Russian-born French professional wrestler known as The French Angel. Tillet was a leading box office draw in the early 1940s and was twice recognized world heavyweight champion by the American Wrestling Association run by Paul Bowser in Boston. Maurice Tillet was a gifted, highly intelligent man who could speak 14 languages.Maurice Tillet (in his 20s) developed Acromegaly, a rare and horrific disease which causes bones to grow wildly and uncontrollably.Within months, Tillet was transformed from a regularly developed young man to a deformed shell of himself. By 1945, Tillet's health began to fail and he was no longer booked as unstoppable. In his final wrestling match, in Singapore on February 14, 1953, he lost to Bert Assirati.Tillet died on September 4, 1954, in France, from heart disease


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