Roddy Piper

Active - 1985 - 2015  |   Born - Apr 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada  |   Died - Jul 31, 2015 in Hollywood, CA  |   Genres - Sports & Recreation [nf], Action, Comedy, Science Fiction, Thriller

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  • Took up the bagpipes at age 6 and played in bands regularly.
  • Found pro wrestling at age 15 when his boxing coach needed a fill-in for a card he was promoting in Toronto. Roddy's bagpipe band played him into the ring, so the announcer called him Roddy the Piper.
  • Donned a kilt as part of his ring persona and participated in a half dozen wrestling organizations, but made his name as the villain to Hulk Hogan in WWE (then WWF), a rivalry that helped spark the first WrestleMania in 1985.
  • Hosted the weekly talk segment "Piper's Pit" on WWF coverage.
  • Starred in the John Carpenter cult film They Live (1988).
  • Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Ric Flair, in a class with Hogan and Roddy's tag-team partner Paul Orndorff.
  • Campaigned with the anti-bullying group Stand For The Silent, honoring victims and raising awareness to the issue.