The Undertaker is one of the most popular American professional wrestlers who have stellar records as a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and a four-time WWF/E Champion. The Deadman, as he is popularly called, is a household name all over the world for his wrestling career that has spanned for over three decades. In fact, he is known as the longest-tenured performer on the WWE as the Taker joined the company right from when it was known as WWF (World Wrestling Federation) and stayed till his retirement.
Important to note that his popular ring name of The Undertaker came after he joined WWE and the name is instrumental to catapulting the famed wrestler to global fame, as well as glory, making the Deadman one of the most popular wrestlers worldwide. Read on to get the full gist about his real identity, formative years, as well as body statistics.
Who Is The Undertaker, How Old Is He?
The Undertaker was born on the 24th of March 1965 and his place of birth is recorded as Houston, Texas, United States of America. He is the youngest of five children born to Betty Catherine Truby and Frank Compton Calaway who named him Mark William Calaway at birth. The Taker’s siblings are all boys; one of them named Paul joined the police while others are David, Timothy, and Michael. He finished from Waltrip High School in 1983, where he played active basketball and football.
A basketball scholarship took the young Calaway to Angelina College located in Lufkin, Texas for further studies. He continued to excel in basketball as a student of Texas Wesleyan University, playing as a center for the Rams between 1985 to 1986, but his course of study was Sports Management. However, The Undertaker failed to complete his university education and thus dropped out to go in pursuit of a career in sports. He gave serious considerations to moving to Europe to forge a career as a professional basketball player but finally settled on wrestling.
1984 saw him make his wrestling debut with WCCW – World Class Championship Wrestling, with his first ring name recorded as Texas Red. Though he still adopted a good number of other ring names as the years roll by.
His alias of Mean Mark Callous was acquired when he moved over to the WCW – World Championship Wrestling in 1989. When WCW failed to renew his contract, The Undertaker left for WWF – World Wrestling Federation, which later changed to WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment in 2002.
It was in WWE that he took up the moniker Kane the Undertaker and made his official debut at Survivor Series on the 22nd of November 1990. From the inception of his career till date, the Deadman has recorded 17 championships under his belt, with a plethora of awards and recommendations to his name. He was the winner of Master of pain from the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship in 1989, a four-time winner of World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE Championship which he bagged in 1991, 1997, 1999, and 2002 respectively. The only time he won the WWF Hardcore Championship was in 2001.
On his personal life, the celebrity wrestler has gone through three marriages. His first wife was Jodi Lynn in 1989, but they divorced in 1999 after having one son Gunner Vincent Calaway.
His second wife Sarah came into the picture in 2000 and with the way Calaway had her name inscribed on his throat in the form of a tattoo, everyone thought that the marriage will last but it still hit the rocks, though not before the birth of their daughter. The Undertaker appears to have gotten it right with his third marriage to ex-wrestler Michelle McCool, they tied the connubial knot since 2010 and are still together. Besides, their union has been further cemented by the birth of their first child who came in 2012.
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How tall is He?
The Undertaker is a giant of a man, standing at a great height of 2.08m and weighing a commensurate 136kg to go with his gigantic height. The Taker made the records as the initial near 7 feet tall wrestler to do high flying moves. His chest is quite prominent at 50 inches, enhanced by a waist size of 38 inches, and biceps which are measured at 17.5 inches. The Deadman’s body build is best described as muscular, and he has hazel eyes and hair that is brown in color.