Larry Hennig: Classic Daddy Bear Pro-Wrestler

Larry Hennig is a retired American professional wrestler (from 1963 to 1985) and the father of the late “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig.  He started out as a heel with the moniker of “Pretty Boy” Larry Hennig while partnered with “Handsome Harley Race” and later turned into a face (babyface/”good guy”) as Larry “The Axe” Hennig.

Screenshots taken from The Wrestler (1974)

I just recently watched The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect (DVD documentary about Larry Hennig’s son) and I could just palpably sense his bittersweet feelings of losing a child.  It was a great documentary and you really see the close-knit bonds that exist between such rare pro-wrestling families.

The following videos are parts 1 and 2 of a tag-team match between the father/son team of Larry & Curt Hennig against Nick Bockwinkel and Mr. Saito.  Larry was a whopping 344 pounds at the time of this match back in 1984.


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I’ve received a couple of emails about my previous post comparing Leonid Zhabotinsky to a husky and muscular Andy Richter (and, wow, I haven’t posted about him at all).  I do see a resemblance, but Larry Hennig was the very first person I thought of when I discovered the Big Zhabo.  They both have that very pleasant and inviting face which betrays their supposedly intimidating built.  What do you guys think?

3 thoughts on “Larry Hennig: Classic Daddy Bear Pro-Wrestler Leave a comment

  1. Just finished watching the DVD myself…always have had a thing for Mr Perfect….damn shame…all my favs are slowly going..

  2. I see the resemblance to Zhabotinsky, and the more recent fotos remind me of Arn Anderson, another wrestling legend.

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