Bruno Laopardo Franceso Sammartino

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Bruno Laopardo Franceso Sammartino Wiki Biography

Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino was a professional wrestler, born on the 6th October 1935 in Pizzoferrato, Italy, and was probably best known for his work with the World Wide Wrestling Federation, today known as WWE, where he held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship for over eleven years. He is considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. He passed away in 2018.

Have you ever wondered how rich Bruno Sammartino was? According to sources it has been estimated that Bruno Sammartino’s overall net worth was over $4 million, accumulated largely during his three decade –long career, during which he gained numerous accolades and awards. His success and accomplishments made him one of the most successful wrestlers ever, and significantly increased his net worth.

Bruno was born the youngest of seven children. During World War II, while still very young, he hid with his family in the mountains while trying to escape German soldiers. At the age of 15, Bruno moved to the US to join his father who had been living there for several years. Since his knowledge of English was poor, and he was a sickly child due to previous war experiences, he was bullied in school, which instigated Sammartino to devote himself to weight training. While attending Schenley High School, he worked out with the University of Pittsburgh wrestling team, and eventually became known in the Pittsburgh area for performing strongman stunts.

After appearing on a TV show, he was identified as a prospect by promoter Rudy Miller, and was then recruited into professional wrestling. Bruno’s professional debut came in 1959, and within the next six months he was headlining at Madison Square Garden, and soon became the only man to lift the 640lb wrestler Haystacks Calhoun. In May 1963, he won the WWWF World Championship in just 48 seconds, and kept his title for seven years, eight months and one day which is still the longest world title reign in the history of wrestling. In January 1971, Sammartino lost the Madison Square Garden championship to Ivan Koloff, leaving the public in a state of shock. However, Bruno regained the title, this time keeping it for a further three years, four months and twenty days.

His last major series of matches happened in the mid-‘80s, against “Macho Man” Randy Savage and The Honky Tonk Man. He actually headlined over 180 tournaments at Madison Square Garden during his career, a tribute in itself to the ability and popularity of the man. After retiring in 1987, Sammartino continued on to do commentary for the WWF during the following years.

Due to his outstanding achievements and lucrative career, he was named “Living Legend” and was very highly respected in his profession. On the 6th April 2013, after having declined this invitation several times before, Bruno finally accepted induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

When it comes to his personal life, Bruno was married to Carol from 1959, and the couple had three sons, residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bruno passed away on 18 April 2018 at his home, after suffering ill-health for a several months.

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Bruno Laopardo Franceso Sammartino Quick Info

Full NameBruno Sammartino
Net Worth$4 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 6, 1935
Place Of BirthPizzoferrato, Abruzzo, Italy
Height1.78 m
Weight120.2 kg
ProfessionProfessional Wrestler
EducationSchenley High School
NationalityAmerican, Italian
ChildrenDavid Sammartino
ParentsAlfonso Sammartino, Emilia Sammartino
MoviesLegends Never Die, Saloonatics, Legends Never Die, Saloonatics

Bruno Laopardo Franceso Sammartino Important Facts

  • Although that there is no denying that Bruno was and is one of the strongest men to have entered the Pro Wrestling Game, he was not the runner-up to Paul Anderson at the 1956 U.S. Weightlifting Olympic tryouts. He didn’t even compete there. The 2nd Place finish in the Heavyweight (unlimited) Division was Lee Phillips. But no one denied Sammartino’s preeminence in the Powerlifts of the Squat (full), the Deadlift and especially the Bench Press; in which he was universally acknowledged as the best in the World, with unofficial lifts that approached 600 lbs. in the mid 1950’s.
  • WWE Hall of Famer.
  • Inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
  • Was considered for the role of Luca Brasi in The Godfather (1972).
  • Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002 (charter class).
  • Was the longest reigning WWE Champion in history, back when it the company was known as WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation). Sammartino won the title in 1963 and held it for eight years until 1971, a record that still stands today. His second reign as WWE Champion lasted four years between 1973 and 1977 and is also one of the longest reigns in the history of WWE.
  • In the mid 1960s, his tag team partner was Tony Marino, a man who would come to the ring dressed as and had the ringname of “Batman”.
  • He idolized a Greco-Roman wrestler named Batisti who represented Italy in the Olympics in the 30s.
  • Bruno was born in Abruzzi, Italy and immigrated to the United States at age 15.
  • Notable Feuds Include: Ivan Koloff, Stan Stasiak, Larry Zbyzsko, Fred Blassie, Lou Albano, Spiros Arion, George “The Animal” Steele, The Executioners, Cowboy Bob Duncum, Nikolai Volkoff, The Valiant Brothers, Waldo Von Erich, Buggsy McGraw, Superstar Billy Graham, Stan Hansen,,Bruiser Brody, Tor Kamata, Ernie Ladd, Killer Kowalski, Ken Patera., Roddy Piper and Brutus Beefcake.
  • Notable Title Wins Included: International Tag Team (Toronto) w/ Whipper Billy Watson; WWWA US Tag Team (Pittsburgh) w/ Argentina Apollo; WWWF World Heavyweight (2); WWWF United States Tag Team w/ Spiros Arion; WWWF International Tag Team w/ Battman; WWWF International Tag Team w/ Dominic Denucci; Grand Prix Tag Team (Montreal) w/ Eduard Carpentier; WWA World Tag Team (Indianapolis) w/ Dick the Bruiser;
  • On May 18, 2004, Bruno Sammartino was honored in Pittsburgh for the 41st anniversary of his winning the WWWF title from Buddy Rogers.
  • He became the most famous professional wrestler during the 1960s and early 1970s. This was long after professional wrestling has stopped appearing on American network television, and well before cable television created nationwide wrestling promotions.
  • In 1959 he set a world record in the benchpress by lifting 565 pounds.
  • In 1956 he lost out to Paul Anderson for a spot on the United States Olympic Weightlifting Team.
  • He was examined by a specialist in sports medicine. The doctor indicated that Sammartino had the most badly damaged body of anyone he had examined in his long career.
  • Held the WWWF (WWE) World Title longer then any other wrestler in history, 8 years.
  • Defeated Stan “The Man” Stasiak for his second WWWF Title reign.
  • Had a classic feud with Larry Zbyszko, a man he helped train.
  • Fled from his homeland of Italy during World War II. Sammartino was 90lbs when he lived in the mountains as a refugee. When he began his professional wrestling career he was a 250lbs powerhouse.
  • The second ever WWWF Champion. Defeated “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers to win the title.
  • The first two-time WWWF (later WWF and WWE) heavyweight champion. His first reign went from 1963-1971, while his second lasted from 1973-1977.
  • He “retired” from wrestling in 1981 (his last match was against old enemy George “the Animal” Steele), and began providing commentary for the WWF’s syndicated programming. He came out of retirement in 1985, where he wrestled in tag team matches with son, David (usually against Johnny Valiant and Brutus Beefcake).
  • Bruno’s last major feud was with Randy “Macho Man” Savage in 1986-1987, and nearly won the WWF Intercontinental title on several occasions. He also teamed with Tito Santana and one-time enemy George “the Animal” Steele in tag team maches vs. Savage and “Adorable” Adrian Adonis.
  • Considered by many to be the greatest pro wrestling champion of all time
  • Former WWF World Champion & Tag Team Champion in the 1960’s & 70’s

Bruno Laopardo Franceso Sammartino Filmography

WrestleMania XXX2014TV MovieBruno SammartinoActor
Saloonatics2002VideoVito FarrelliActor
Tribeca1993TV SeriesPizza ManActor
Clash of the Champions XX: 20th Anniversary1992TV MovieBruno SammartinoActor
UWF Fury Hour1990TV SeriesBruno Sammartino – CommentatorActor
Best of the WWF Volume 151988VideoBruno SammartinoActor
WWF Superstars1986-1988TV SeriesBruno SammartinoActor
Best of the WWF Volume 131987VideoBruno SammartinoActor
Best of the WWF Volume 141987VideoBruno SammartinoActor
George the Animal Steele1987VideoBruno SammartinoActor
The WWF’s Even More Unusual Matches1987VideoBruno SammartinoActor
Wrestling’s Most Embarrassing Moments1987VideoBruno SammartinoActor
WWF Championship Wrestling1972-1986TV SeriesBruno SammartinoActor
Best of the WWF Volume 51986VideoBruno SammartinoActor
Ricky the Dragon Steamboat1986VideoBruno SammartinoActor
Tag Team Champions1986VideoBruno SammartinoActor
The Macho Man Randy Savage & Elizabeth1986VideoBruno SammartinoActor
The WWF’s Grand Slams1986VideoBruno SammartinoActor
Wrestling’s Living Legend Bruno Sammartino1986VideoBruno SammartinoActor
WWF’s Inside the Steel Cage1986VideoBruno SammartinoActor
WWF Grudge Matches1986VideoBruno SammartinoActor
Best of the WWF Volume 11985VideoBruno SammartinoActor
Best of the WWF Volume 31985VideoBruno SammartinoActor
Biggest, Smallest, Strangest, Strongest!1985VideoBruno SammartinoActor
The WWF’s Amazing Managers1985VideoBruno SammartinoActor
World Wrestling Federation1974-1979TV SeriesBruno SammartinoActor
Spectrum Wrestling1977-1978TV SeriesBruno SammartinoActor
Card Subject to Change2010Documentary special thanksThanks
Sweet Daddy2016Documentary post-productionHimselfSelf
Legends with JBL2016TV SeriesHimselfSelf
WWE Hall of Fame2016HimselfSelf
Ivan Koloff the Russian Bear2015DocumentaryHimselfSelf
WWE Smackdown!2014TV SeriesBruno SammartinoSelf
The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment2013Video documentaryHimselfSelf
WWE 2k142013Video GameHimself (voice)Self
WWE Raw2013TV SeriesBruno SammartinoSelf
WWE: Best of WWE at Madison Square Garden2013VideoHimselfSelf
WrestleMania 292013TV SpecialBruno SammartinoSelf
WWE Hall of Fame 20132013TV SpecialHimselfSelf
The Bob Show2008TV SeriesHimselfSelf
Legends Never Die2006VideoHimselfSelf
Luscious Johnny: The Wrestler2005DocumentarySelf
Ivan Koloff the Most Hated Man in America2003Video documentaryHimselfSelf
Legends of Wrestling 22002Video GameHimselfSelf
UWF Beach Brawl1991TV SpecialBruno SammartinoSelf
UWF Fury Hour1990TV SeriesHimselfSelf
Halloween Havoc1989TV SpecialBruno SammartinoSelf
Body Slam1986HimselfSelf
WrestleMania 21986TV SpecialBruno SammartinoSelf
WrestleMania1985TV SpecialBruno SammartinoSelf
The War to Settle the Score1985TV MovieHimselfSelf
Greatest Sports Legends1979TV SeriesHimselfSelf
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1976TV SeriesHimselfSelf
Ringside Wrestling1973TV SeriesHimselfSelf
The Winners1973TV Series documentarySelf
WWE Hall of Fame2015TV SpecialHimselfArchive Footage
True Giants2014Bruno SammartinoArchive Footage
Macho Man: The Randy Savage Story2014Video documentaryHimselfArchive Footage
Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul Heyman2014VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection2014VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
WWE Raw1997-2013TV SeriesBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
WWE for All Mankind: Life & Career of Mick Foley2013VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
The 50 Greatest Finishing Moves in WWE History2012VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
WWE: Best Cage Matches2011VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
WWE: Top 50 Superstars of All Time2010VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
Hulk Hogan’s Unreleased Collector’s Series2009VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
WWE: Macho Madness – The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection2009VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
WWE Hall of Fame 20092009TV SpecialHimselfArchive Footage
The Most Powerful Families in Wrestling2007VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
WWE: The History of the WWE Championship2006VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
Born to Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story2006Video documentaryBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
20 Years Too Soon: Superstar Billy Graham2006VideoHimselfArchive Footage
WWE Hall of Fame 20042004TV SpecialHimselfArchive Footage
WWE Bloodbath: Wrestling’s Most Incredible Steel Cage Matches2003VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
Wrestling Gold Vol. 2: The Maim Event2001VideoBruno SammartinoArchive Footage
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHimselfArchive Footage