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Bull Curry (1913-1985)


Real NameFred Thomas Koury, Sr.
Lifespan - 5/2/1913 - 3/8/1985
5’10” 210 lbs. - Hartford, CO

Athletic Background - Boxing

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - n/a

Aliases - none

Peak Years`54-`67


Place in HistoryWrestling magazines and television was the proving ground for a great many pro-wrestlers who had spent years working to live crowds with plenty of time to tell stories.  “Wild” Bull Curry was the type that seemed made for media.  Bushy eyebrows, a weathered mug, cauliflowered ears, his sinewy build covered with dark body hair - it all made for a tremendous presentation.  One grimacing photo told fans quite a bit about the roughneck heel.  A descendant of Lebanese immigrants, he came of age taking on all comers on the carnivals and proved to be a tough scrapper.  While working as a police officer in Hartford, he gained his “Wild Bull” nickname after physically restraining a loose steer according to local lore.  In the 1930s, Curry found himself trying his hand at pro-wrestling in Detroit.  
He even famously fought boxer Jack Dempsey in a losing effort during this time.  While Bull Curry proved to be a good hand, it was not until he was in 40s working in Texas that his career really took off.  Curry developed an intense and violent style that matched his unrefined look.  The legendary “Brass Knuckles” title became his trademark in Texas throughout the 1950s and 1960s as he battled men like Fritz Von Erich, Killer Karl Kox, Jack Dalton (Don Fargo) and Tough Tony Borne for the belt.  Amazingly, Bull Curry was in his fifties when he reached the peak of his fame.  The run in Texas built his name up as a legit drawing card and he was able to have successful runs in Detroit, Toronto and the Maritimes.  It was during this time period that his son “Flying” Fred Curry got his start and despite being a clean-cut babyface, he and his father teamed frequently.  By the 1970s, Bull Curry, who once started riots, caused fans to attack him and was even arrested for in-ring conduct, was largely a fan favorite.  A grizzled veteran ran spot shows and worked up into his 70s, which is an amazing feat, even more amazing because he was still drawing fans.  “Wild” Bull Curry is one of pro-wrestling’s most distinctly unusual attractions who was a trendsetting heel and was able to create a strong enough aura that he was able be a meaningful performer longer than most.


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