Bret Hart Bio: Childhood, Career, And Net Worth

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Hart family is one of the prominent families that have been active in wrestling for generations. If you follow WWE, then there is no way you haven’t heard about Bret Hart.

Bret Hart is the second generation member of his family who chose wrestling as a career. His charisma and attitude attracted millions of audiences from all across the world.

From starting a career as a referee to being the most outstanding wrestler ever, Bret has seen significant hardships and struggles in his early life. 

For nearly two decades, Bret hasn’t been active in wrestling, but he still is remembered and praised for his remarkable performance in WWE.

Five times Slammy Award winner Bret was ranked as the #39 most outstanding Canadian in 2004. Besides, Hart received a total of 1.2 million votes in a poll conducted by CBC.

Bret Hart Before (Source: Instagram)

As per sportskeeda, Teddy Hart, AEW’s Brian Pillman Jr. had broken all his ties with Bret Hart on November 29, 2022. Bret was one of the founding members of the original Hart foundation.

Everyone knows about Bret’s career, how it started, and all. But how is Bret in real life? To find an answer to this question, stick with us till the last of this article.

But before we begin, let us glance at the quick facts.

 Bret Hart | Quick Facts

Full Name Bret Sergeant Hart
Famous As Bret Hart
Ring Name
  • Buddy Hart
  • Bret “The Hitman” Hart
Place of Birth  Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Date of Birth  July 2, 1957
Age 65 Years Old
Nationality  Dual Citizenship (Canada and America)
Ethnicity  Greek-Irish
Religion  Christianity 
Zodiac Sign  Cancer
Mother’s Name  Helen Hart
Father’s Name  Stu Hart
Siblings
  • Smith Hart
  • Bruce Hart
  • Keith Hart
  • Wayne Hart
  • Dean Hart
  • Alison Hart
  • Ross Hart
  • Owen Hart
  • Elizabeth Hart
  • Georgia Hart
  • Diana Hart
Education  Ernest Manning High School

Mount Royal University 

Height  6’0″ (183 cm) (1.83 m)
Weight  107 kg (235.8 lbs)
Hair Color  Gray
Eye Color  Dark Brown
Profession  Professional Wrestler 
Affiliation  WCW/WWE
Sexual Orientation  Straight 
Relationship Status  Married
Wife Stephanie Washington 
Children 
  • Jade Michelle Hart
  • Dallas Jeffery Hart
  • Alexandra Sabina Hart
  • Blade Colton Hart
Net Worth  $7 Million 
Social Media  Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Merch Retro Wrestling T-shirt, Cartoon Collection, Funko WWW Jacket
Last Updated  February 2023

Bret Hart | Childhood And Education 

Born on July 2, 1957, in Calgary, Canada, Bret Hart is the son of Stu Hart (father) and Helen Hart (mother).

However, he is not the only son of his parents; he is the eighth son of his parents. Besides, Bret has seven brothers and three sisters and spent all his childhood playing with his siblings.

Wrestling had always been in Bret’s genes; from an early age, he would attend many wrestling events with his father.

Regarding his education, he went to Earnest Manning High School, where he completed his primary education. Hart revealed that he started training at nine, just for his father’s sake.

By the time Hart reached High school, he was already a trained wrestler with a state and provincial championship.

Bret Hart
Bret Hart And Jim Neidhart Jimmy Hart Of The Hart Foundation (Source: Instagram)

Later, Hart was enrolled at Mount Royal College for a filmmaking course. Even though Hart was a great amateur wrestler, as a child, Hart never thought of being a wrestler.

Even though he wanted to do something in the entertainment industry, destiny had something else for Bret.

In the 1997 commonwealth games, Brat’s father wanted him to be a part of the games. Nonetheless, Bret knew if he didn’t win, he would end up being a coach, and he didn’t want it to happen.

So, Bret decided to become a wrestler so he wouldn’t have to go to the Commonwealth. It’s how the legendary career of the Bret “The Hitman” Hart started, and the rest is history.

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Bret Hart | career

Bret Hart started as a referee at the beginning of his career; he even sold tickets to his father’s wrestling events before he became a professional wrestler.

But finally, in 1978, Bret made his professional debut; one of the wrestlers couldn’t perform that day, and Hart was sent inside the ring to fill someone else’s position.

However, even though it wasn’t something Bret desired, he did his best. Nonetheless, from that point, the relationship between Bret and his father became stronger.

Bret was doing well, traveling and promoting his father’s business. Soon, he started liking wrestling and received a chance to be part of WWF in 1984. The rest is history.

WWF

WWF signed Bret Hart for WWF, but he wanted to work on his terms. At first, WWF suggested Bret adapt the gimmick of a cowboy, to which Bret refused.

 Later, he started his career in a tag team with Dynamite Kid.

However, after a month, Bret was introduced as Hit Man on the live telecast. He took help from Neidhart and other family members to strengthen his portfolio as a wrestler.

He won his first-ever WWF Tag Team Championship in 1987. After that match, Hart changed his name to “The Pink and Black Attack” and started wearing his signature sunglasses.

Bret Hart
Bret Hart With His World Heavyweight and Intercontinental championships Belt (Source: Pinterest)

In 1991, Hart won his first-ever singles championship in WWF, i.e. International Championship. That same year, Brat also won the King of the Ring title.

The year 1992 witnessed the outstanding performances of Hart; he showed some exceptional moves which made him win the Match of the Year. 

Later, that match was considered one of the best wrestling matches in the history of WWE.

That same year, Brat won his very first WWF championship and defeated the title against Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, and Razor Ramon. 

Mid Career

At that time, Old Generation Era was about to end, and Stone Cold was on the rise; then, he challenged Bret to a match and constantly humiliated Bret in front of the audience.

However, Brat and Cold faced each other in Royal Rumble, but Stone did some cheating and won the match. Hart didn’t like the decision, and as a protest, Hart quit WWF the day after that match.

Bret Hart VS Stone Cold Steve Austin In WWE
Bret Hart VS Stone Cold Steve Austin In WWE (Source: sportzwiki.com)

Later, Hart made his return and turned rebellious; he hit McMahon and ranted wrong about WWF. Thus, this incident marked the beginning of the Attitude Era in WWF.

End Of The Hart’s Wrestling Legacy

In 1997, the rivalry between Vince McMahon and Hart peaked. Even though Hart was considered one of the biggest superstars, he was going through a financial crisis then.

So, to improve his financial position, Hart joined WCW. But subsequently, Hart left WWF after losing in the Survivor Series. But this was not the end of his career.

After WWF, he appeared in many shows like Independent Circuit, WCW, All-Elite Wrestling, and Impact Wrestling. Bret took professional retirement in 2000.

Nonetheless, Bret has wrestled in around 2904 fights, won about 1857 games, and lost 744 matches.

Bret Hart | Net Worth 

Undoubtedly, Bret has earned quite a good amount of money from wrestling. It is expected that Bret has achieved a net worth of $7 million in 2023.

Apart from that, he is one of the founders and ambassadors of Calgary Hitmen. The Candian-American wrestler also earns through endorsements and his WWE merchandise. 

Likewise, Bret is very fond of cars; he owns some luxurious cars like Ferrari 458 worth $263,553, a Lexus worth $40,000, Range Rover costing $131,000, a Bentley worth $220,000, and a DB11 worth $210,000. 

Similarly, he lives in his vast mansion, which his father brought. It is a 5,600 sq—feet house with twenty-two bedrooms worth $262,502 in 2022.

Undoubtedly Bret lives a lavish life, and he deserves the life he is living as he has worked hard to get this life.

Books 

Not only is Bret a good wrestler, but he has also proved himself to be a good writer. He wrote his autobiography, “Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling.”

Apart from that, Hart is also co-author of his other book named “Bret “Hitman” Hart — The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be.”

Nonetheless, this book was an autobiography of Bret, and this book became the nation’s favorite and best seller in Canada.

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Bret Hart | Personal Life 

Bret’s personal life has not been as smooth as his career; it has been full of ups and downs.

Bret was first married to Julie Hart in 1982. Regarding their love story, they were teenagers when they fell in love. They went with the flow converting friendship into a relationship.

After getting married, they had four adorable children: Jade Michelle Hart, Dallas Jeffery Hart, Alexandra Sabina Hart, and Blade Colton Hart.

However, this marriage could not last long because Bret was always busy wrestling and couldn’t give much time to the family.

Hitman Hart
Bret Hart With His Wife Stephanie Washington (Source: Instagram)

As a result of the distance, they divorced in 2002, but they separated in 1998; for four years, they were in an on-again-off-again relationship. Julie mentioned these in her book,” Hart Strings: My Life with Bret and the Hart Family.”

After separating from Julie, Hart met Cinzia Rota, an Italian native, and married her in 2004. However, in 2007 they parted ways after they couldn’t decide where to live.

But in 2010, Bret finally found his soulmate in Stephanie Washington and married her. At first, Bret’s sister was against this marriage as Washington was several decades younger than their father.

But later, after seeing the love between Bret and Stephanie, Bret’s children finally accept Washington as their stepmother. Nevertheless, Bret is living a happy and lavish life with his wife.

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Bret Hart | Social Media Presence

Bret is active on major social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. His social media feed is a treat for his fans to watch.

Instagram: 915k followers

Twitter: 1.4m Followers

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Facebook: 1.7m followers

Hart’s social media posts feature his throwback WWW pictures, travel clips with his wife, and good time with his grandchildren.

Bret Hart | Popularity

People’s search for Bret Hart has been gradually increasing since December 5, 2021.

Bret Hart Google Trends
Bret Hart Google Trends (Source:googletrends.com)

The table shows google trends of Bret over the course of 12 months.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Did Bret Hart suffer a stroke?

Yes, he did. In 2002 just after his divorce, he went cycling, and Bret hit a pothole. As a result, his head hurt in the accident, and he suffered a stroke. 

Are Ric Flair and Bret Hart rivals in real life?

Yes, they are. On many occasions, Bret and Ric have been seen accusing each other. Once Ric accused Hart of using Bret’s brother Owen’s death for publicity which didn’t go well with Bret.

Did Bret Hart have Cancer?

Yes, he did. Bret himself announced that he had prostate cancer in 2016. However, later Bret had to do surgery so the tumor would not spread to other parts of the body.

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