Hulk Hogan Bio – Early Life, Family, Net Worth, Scandals

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Terry Eugene Bollea, known worldwide as Hulk Hogan, Hollywood Hogan, Mr. America, etcetera is a retired professional wrestler, a musician, and an actor.

He is one of the most renowned faces of wrestling of all time. He is beloved by people of all ages and is an entrepreneur too.

Hulk Hogan is one of the most prominent figures in American Wrestling. He became popular far and wide after he joined the WWF.

Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan

Before looking into his life in detail. Check out quick facts about him:

Hulk Hogan | Quick Facts 

Full Name Terrence ‘Terry’ Eugene Bollea
Birth Date August 11, 1953
Birth Place Augusta, Georgia, USA
Zodiac Sign Leo
Nick Name Hulk Hogan, Hulkster, Hollywood Hulk, etc
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity Caucasian
Father’s Name Pietro “Peter” Bollea
Mother’s Name Ruth V. Bollea
Siblings Unknown
Education University of South Florida
Age 29 Years Old
Height 6 ft. 8 in. (or 1.84m)
Weight 303 pounds (or 137 kg)
Body Measurement 58-37-24 inches
Hair Colour Blonde
Eye Colour Light Brown
Married Yes
Spouse Jennifer McDaniels
Children Brooke Hogan and Mike Hogan
Profession Professional Wrestler, Singer, Actor
Net Worth USD 25 million
Divorced Yes
Active Since 2008
Social Media Twitter: @HulkHogan
Instagram: @hulkhogan
Facebook: Hulk Hogan
Merch Action Figure, T-Shirt, Toy
Last Update January, 2023

Body Measurements 

Hulk Hogan is a bulky figure in wrestling, and he maintains himself quite well. Furthermore, he is one of the big names in the industry depicting good visuals. 

At present, Hogan towers at the height of 6 feet 8 inches (or 1.84m) while weighing 303 pounds (or 137 kg).

Additionally, his body measurements depict 58-37-24 inches. To illustrate, his chest size is 58 inches (147 cm), his waist measures 37 inches (94 cm), and his biceps size is 24 inches (61 cm).

Furthermore, he wears a shoe size of 12 US (47 EU or 11.5 UK). Overall, his toned body is all thanks to his hours at the gym and his maintained diet plans.

Having said this, Hogan doesn’t go through an intense workout, as he keeps it done within an hour every day.

Moreover, his diet is simply eating healthy, while he states that a nice glass of wine and a healthy amount of chocolate are big parts of his diet.

As for his physical appearance, Hogan is fair-skinned with a white-trimmed mustache. 

Not to mention, his mustache is his trademark, often known as the classic horseshoe or biker mustache.

Apparently, that mustache grows along with the corners of lips, down the side of the mouth to the jawline, forming an inverted horseshoe.

However, back in 2020, Hogan shaved his beard and mustache as he stated, and everyone started calling him Santa.

Indeed, people were baffled for a moment, but yes, they couldn’t help but admire his new looks.

Hulk Hogan – Early Life, Family, Education

Terry Bollea was born in Augusta, Georgia, the USA, on August 11, 1953, to construction worker father Pietro “Peter” Bollea and homemaker and dance teacher Ruth V. Bollea. His family later moved to Tampa, Florida, when he was one and a half years old.

As a kid, he was interested in baseball. He even played in Little League Baseball as a pitcher.

An injury ended his baseball dreams early despite attracting big-name teams like New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds.

He first began simply watching professional wrestling when he was 16 years old. Superstar Billy Graham sooked his attention as a wrestler, and he is whom he looked up for inspiration.

Hogan was impressed with his looks and wanted to look just as fierce and “inhuman” as him.

Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan studied at Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida. However, he dropped out of the University of South Florida when his musical career began to be affected due to the number of music gigs he got.

He was an active musician at that point, affecting the time he could give to the university.

Hogan played fretless bass guitar and later formed a musical band called Ruckus and two local musicians. Their band soon became famous in the Tampa region.

During one of their performances, Hulk was seen by Jack and Gerald Brisco, brothers who wrestled. They saw Hogan and were quite impressed with his physique.

They asked Hiro Matsuda, a wrestler trainer, to train Hulk. It was 1976 when the two brothers asked him to join wrestling, and Hogan eventually agreed.

Hulk Hogan – Professional Life

Early Days

Hulk Hogan trained with Matsuda for more than a year before he was officially given his first match against Brian Blair in Fort Myers, Florida, on August 10, 1977.

After this, Hogan started to match in a mask and don the persona of “The Super Destroyer,” a hooded character played by the famous wrestler Don Jardine first and many players later on.

Break from Wrestling

He eventually took a hiatus from his wrestling career as he believed that he could not work with Hiro Matsuda, his trainer, anymore because of his overbearing training regimes.

Hogan started working at a club called The Anchor Club for a man called Whitey Bridges, who later became good friends with Hogan.

They even started a new gym together called The Whitey and Terry Olympics Gym.

Hogan Officially Back to Wrestling

Later, Hulk’s friend Ed Leslie came to join them and help them in their business. As Leslie and Hulk began working out in their gym together, Leslie developed a good physique.

This reminded Hulk of his wrestling days, and he convinced Leslie to join him in this journey.

Hulk back to Wrestle
Hulk back to Wrestle

After calling Billy Graham for a wrestling job outside Florida, they finally started their wrestling career as tag team partners in Alabama Territory.

He later moved to Memphis, where he even appeared in a Talk Show with movie star Lou Ferrigno, who starred as The Incredible Hulk.

The name stuck when Lou mentioned that Terry(Hogan) was physically larger than the Hulk himself.

Hulk joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1979, where the owner/producer Vincent J. McMahon gave him the Irish name Hogan.

This ultimately made him the Hulk Hogan that he is today. In the WWF, Hulk Hogan continued to win matches and the heart of the watchers.

Hulk also appeared in the New Japan Pro-Wrestling in the 1980s. In addition, he occasionally toured the country and fought.

The Japanese fans called him “Ichiban,” meaning Number One. Hogan’s wrestling style vastly differed from the Japanese versus the American style. He wrestled against many prominent Japanese wrestlers like Tatsumi Fujinami, Abdullah the Butcher etcetera.

Hulk Hogan was a recognizable name when he returned to the WWF again that had been going under the plans of revamping by its owner Mr. McMahon.

McMahon used Hulk Hogan as his attraction piece. His ring gear also developed to the now-classic yellow and red color schemed clothes that he teared up to flex his muscles. 

In his interviews, he called his fans Hulkamania and introduced his three “demandments,” namely training, prayers, and vitamins. He later added believing in oneself as the fourth demand.

Hulk gained international momentum as he became the face of wrestling. McMahon pushed WWF to become a household entertainment source, amplifying the stardom of Hulk even more.

Hulk Hogan became one of the most named celebrities in the Make-a-Wish foundation. In addition, he appeared in the coveted Sports Illustrated magazine as the first-ever wrestler to do so.

Hogan appeared in numerous TV talk shows. He even had a cartoon based on him.

Hulk went on to win an overwhelming number of matches, making him the best and the most loved wrestler of all time, even today.

Hulk Hogan vs. Andre, the Giant

Everyone knows about the André the Giant–Hulk Hogan rivalry, which is considered one of the most important in professional wrestling history.

In simple words, this rivalry represents the professional wrestling rivalry between wrestlers André the Giant and Hulk Hogan. 

Indeed, the rivalry took place for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). Glancing back, the two first met in 1980, when Andre was a face while Hogan was a heel.

In fact, they both have given hardcore performances throughout their journey. 

Back in 1981, Hogan left WWF, and they had tenure till 1986 as friends. During their tenure, they appeared in many notable fights as a team. Apparently, in between, Hogan had again appeared in WWF in 1984.

However, their feud continued to grow in the following years, which eventually led them to accuse each other of their friendship.

All in all, Hogan also body-slammed Andre after winning the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania III. 

Following it, they have many main events amidst their smaller fights. Apparently, they met again for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship (Andre vs. Hogan II). Then, following it, they fought on WrestleMania IV.

Their later meet-up in the career was in 1990 before WrestleMania VI. 

Hulk Hogan- Awards and Accolades

Hogan has numerous awards for his name. He has been a prominent figure in wrestling since the 1970s. His acting, singing, video games, and radio career have also given him numerous awards and achievements.

Hulk Hogan in an Award Show

Some of them are listed below:

  • 3-time winner in New Japanese Pro-Wrestling
  • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
  • Southeastern Championship Wrestling
  • World Championship Wrestling
  • Tokyo Sports
  • 12-time World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment Champions
  • 1998 Kids Choice Awards
  • 2006 Teen Choice Awards

Hulk Hogan- As a whole, Catchphrases

We can’t deny that Hulk Hogan used to be one of the driving factors in the wrestling arena. Indeed, he bought evolution and, yet, more entertainment to his games and matches. 

Indeed, Hogan is iconic and not to mention his entrance song, “Real American.” This song marks his territory, and everyone gets into the groove.

As a matter of fact, this was sung by an American guitarist, vocalist, producer, and songwriter, Ricky Dean Zehringer.

Before this song, Hulk Hogan used to have an album for his entrance and started using this in 1985.

Furthermore, how can we forget his word, Hulkamania? 

Yes, Hulkamania simply indicates to the people who have enthusiasm for him. Besides, Hogan has his own font designed by Jayde Garrow and is simply named ‘Hogan Mania.

Apparently, this font is available in capital letters with limited punctuation marks..’

Moreover, we can’t get enough of his signature leg drop, which is the finishing move in his match. His move was the most dominating finisher to hit the wrestling world back in the day.

Also, everyone who watches him does know the common words and phrases he uses frequently.

Indeed, catchphrases, to be exact! But, having said it, even most of us have practiced getting used to those phrases and impersonating him. 

Anyways, bringing back those memories, here are some of his famous catchphrases to devour. 

  1. “Whatcha Gonna Do When Hulkamania Runs Wild on You?”
  2. “You better eat your vitamins and say your prayers!!! “
  3. “So, let me ask you something, brother!!!!”


Alongside his phrases, you can give a quick catch to his inspiring quotes below to make your day.

  1. “To all my little Hulkamaniacs, say your prayers, take your vitamins, and you will never go wrong.”
  2. “I woke up and realized life is great and people are awesome, and life is worth living.”
  3. “Negativity and Hulkamania – 2 things that don’t go together.”
  4. “I’ve always felt from everyone I talk to that the fans feel like I’m tangible and they can talk to me, and they know me.”

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Hulk Hogan – Business Ventures, Endorsements, and Net worth

Hogan has had an eventful business life as well. He opened a restaurant called Pastamania, which remained in operation for less than a year.

Hogan also has another restaurant called Hogan’s Beach in the Tampa area. He later opened Hogan’s Hangout in Clearwater Beach.

Hogan also partnered with Socko Energy to create Hulk Drinks. In addition, he endorsed blenders, grills, etcetera, along with microwavable hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and sandwiches sold at Walmart.

Hulk has been a part of multiple commercials for many organizations like Rent-A-Center, made appearances in American Idol, and even launched various games based on himself.

He is estimated to have a net worth of approximately $25 million.

Hulk Hogan – Acting

Hogan had a pretty impressive acting career too. Over the years, he has been seen in many TV Shows and Movies.

He appeared as Thunderclips in Rocky III in 1982; No Holds Barred in 1989. After that, he also appeared in family films Suburban Commando in 1991, and Mr. Nanny in 1993.

Santa with Muscles in 1996 and 3 Ninjas: High Noon At Mega Mountain in 1998.

Apart from movies, Hulk also appeared in a handful of TV shows and commercials. His popular commercial was for Right Deoderant in 1992. He appeared in his own  TV Series, Thunder in Paradise, in 1994.

He also starred in The Ultimate Weapon in 1997. Shadow Warriors: Assault on the Devil’s Island and Shadow Warriors: Hunt for the Death Merchant were other of his movies where he shared the screen with Carl Weathers and Shannon Tweed.

Recently, Hogan has become a busy voice actor, lending his voice to many cartoons like Robot Chicken and American Dad! and as a primary actor in the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim series China, Illinois.

Reality Television and Hogan-The Host

He starred in Hogan Knows Best as himself in 2005, which aired on VH1. The show focused on his and his family’s life, including his then-wife Linda and their children, Brooke and Nick.

He hosted the comeback series of American Gladiators on NBC in 2008. Hulk also judged Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling, which was short-lived.

He judged the sixth season of Tough Enough alongside Paige and Daniel Bryan in 2015, but he was shortly replaced.

Music, Radio, Video Games

Hulk Rues was the first CD he released as Hulk Hogan and the Wrestling Boot Band. He also sang I’m the leader of the Gang, a duet with Green Jelly.

Appearing in many cameos for Dolly Parton in her self-name show Dolly, he also appeared in her wrestling theme song “Headlock on my Heart.”

Hulk was quite a regular guest on Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show. He also had his own radio show called Hogan Uncensored.

Hogan has also lent his voice and images to many video games, namely Saint Row: The Third, Hulk Hogan’s Main Event, and This is the Police.

Net Worth of Hulk Hogan in Different Currencies

Below is the net worth of Hulk Hogan in different currencies, including the Dollar and Indian Rupee.

Currency Net Worth
Euro 22,245,750 
Pound Sterling £18,872,910 
Australian Dollar A$35,087,725 
Canadian Dollar C$32,237,000 
Indian Rupee 1,900,337,500 
BitCoin ฿536 

Hulk Hogan – Personal Life and Health

Hogan is quite a religious man. As per him, he has been a dedicated Christian since he was fourteen years old.

Additionally, he is a big fan of Joel Osteen, a televangelist, and minister at the country’s largest mega-church.

Apparently, Hulk has a huge faith and often credits it for keeping him in a good place. However, when it comes to his political beliefs, Hogan is not interested in such. 

Apparently, he believes that they do not deliver their promises no matter who he votes for. Back in 2012, Hogan used to be an avid Romney supporter and had even voted for Obama.

However, later he stated why he even voted Obama in the first place, thus, showing his dissatisfaction with fiscal policy.

Wife and Relationships

On December 18, 1983, Hogan married Linda Claridge. They both have a daughter named Brooke Hogan and nick Hogan’s son.

In November 2007, Linda filed for divorce after Christiane Plante claimed that she had an affair with Hulk Hogan. He has written about this in his autobiography, where he denied ever cheating on her.

Hulk with his Wife
Hulk Hogan with his first wife, Linda

In 2012, a sex tape of Hulk Hogan and Heather Clem was released online. Heather was the wife of the radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge.

Hogan labeled it as a mistake he made when he was with some friends, and he deeply regretted it. He even filed a lawsuit against them, claiming an invasion of his privacy.

Hogan married Jennifer McDaniel in 2010 in Clearwater, Florida. They are still married to this day.

Hulk Hogan has also fallen prey to numerous lawsuits throughout the course of his career. Richard Belzer Lawsuit, Gawker lawsuit, and Testimony in MaMahon Trial as well. He also filed a lawsuit against Laser Spine Institute for malpractice.

Racist Restaurant

As we all know, Hulk Hogan has his own eatery, Hogan’s Beach, in Tampa, Florida. Apparently, he manages and runs it and even decides the rules.

Hiss one video got viral during one such tenure, which immediately caught him in controversy.

All in all, he was caught saying an n-word while making his dress codes as no low-hanging pants or shorts, no hats, caps, or visors worn sideways, and no oversized or excessive jewelry. 

Right then, critics and people hit hard on him, and he was quick to make an apology. As he was criticized, Hogan backed off and admitted his mistakes. 

“It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it, and I apologize for having done it. This is not who I am. I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”
-Hulk Hogan


Hulk hasn’t had the soundest health. He suffers from numerous health problems, particularly with his back, when he retired from professional wrestling.

This might have been the result of years and years of heavyweight training and jolting as a wrestler.

Additionally, he had revealed that he suffers from B-cell lymphoma and is in Stage 3 or 4.

Chris Hemsworth is set to play his biopic directed by Todd Phillips. It was announced on Feb 20, 2019.

Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan in the ring at the Hulkamania tour.

An eccentric personality, Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, has had an eventful career with his own ups and downs. Hogan is 67 years old and still just as charming and active in his life and work.

He is on Social Media sites such as Facebook. He is also on Instagram, where he posts about his family members a lot. You can find him on Twitter too.

Common Queries about Hulk Hogan 

When did Hulk Hogan join NWO?

Hulk Hogan joined the NWO on July 7, 1996.

When did Hulk Hogan have his debut match?

Hulk Hogan made his professional; debut in the industry on August 9, 1977.

Does Hulk Hogan have a Beach Shop?

Yes, he owns a beach shop in the middle of Clearwater Beach’s tourist district.

Where is Hulk Hogan’s House?

Hogan resides at 1040 Eldorado Ave in Clearwater with his wife Jennifer McDaniel.

What was Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior’s Tag Team Name?

Hogan and Mach Man Randy Savage’s tag team name is The Mega Powers.

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  2. Hulk Hogan was my favorite wrestler . My son met him at a restraint here in Missouri. He said the Hulk was so nice and came to his table. I was jealous because i wanted so very much to meet him. My son’s name is Guy Leamon. God bless H:ulk Hogan.

  3. Mr.Hogan, I have followed you and your career since the first time I had ever heard of you in 1977, have seen you wrestle various times in person for those Thanksgiving Day specials which were held in Richfield, Ohio…you and Big Boss Man made the most impressive move I have ever seen in my life, falling over 15′ all the while having Big Boss Man in a duplex position from the very top of that steel this day I have never seen such a are a true inspiration for millions all over the world, I am your age 68 live in Canton, Ohio 1.5 miles from the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Huge Dallas Cowboys fan since 1960), meeting you has always been a dream of mine and with prayers and the blessing from God…I can…Dave Rossetti, 608 Dale Pl.N.W. Canton, Ohio 44703…BIG FAN and MAY GOD BLESS


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