Eldridge Wayne Coleman Jr., known by his ring name “Superstar” Billy Graham, was born on June 7, 1943, in Phoenix, Arizona, and passed away on May 17, 2023, at the age of 79. Standing at 6 feet 4 inches and weighing 275 pounds, Graham made a significant impact as a professional wrestler. He was married to Valerie Coleman, and the couple had two children.
Graham’s wrestling career began in 1970, and he trained under Stu Hart. He retired from professional wrestling in 1987. One of the highlights of his career was his tenure as the WWWF Heavyweight Champion from 1977 to 1978. Throughout his career, Graham became a three-time world champion in major professional wrestling promotions.
Beyond wrestling, Graham was an accomplished bodybuilder and gained recognition as an award-winning figure in the sport. He shared a close friendship with fellow bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, serving as training partners.
Billy Graham was particularly known for revolutionizing the interview style in professional wrestling, drawing inspiration from the charismatic approach of boxer Muhammad Ali. His impact extended beyond the ring, influencing both the interview and physique aspects of the professional wrestling industry. Graham’s charismatic performance style left an enduring legacy in the world of sports entertainment.