Mick Foley Biography

Television Personality, Athlete (1965–)
Mick Foley is a professional wrestler with WWE, Inc. who wrestles under the names Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind. He wrote a best-selling autobiography.


Mick Foley was born on June 7, 1965, in Bloomington, Indiana. He made wrestling videos of himself during high school which caught the attention of trainer Dominic DeNucci. Foley has wrestled under the alter egos—Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind. He starred in the documentary Beyond the Mat and his autobiography became a New York Times bestseller. Foley is married and has two children.

Early Life

Professional wrestler Michael Foley was born on June 7, 1965, in Bloomington, Indiana. The Foley family moved to Setauket on Long Island when Mick was still a young boy. In high school, he became a dedicated fan of professional wrestling and its incredible antics. He even made a home video of himself performing various stunts in the outlandish persona of "Dude Love." Foley caught the attention of trainer Dominic DeNucci and began training with him in 1983.

Wrestling Career

Since he made his professional debut in 1986, Foley's apparent worship of physical pain has allowed him to fulfill his lifelong dream and become one of the most popular wrestlers in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). The 6'2", nearly 300 pound Foley has three alter egos—Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind—and has participated in several of the WWF's notoriously sensational extreme spectacles.

In 1999, Foley fought a brutal match with a separated shoulder; that same year he was body slammed 15 feet from the top of a cage onto a bed of thumbtacks. Incidents like these have contributed to the negative image of pro-wrestling as needlessly violent and ultimately dangerous to the competitors—an image tragically reinforced by the death in May 1999 of the WWF's Owen Hart in a fall from the rafters of a Kansas City arena.

Other Endeavors

Foley starred in the 1999 documentary film Beyond the Mat, about the world of professional wrestling. In December 1999, his newly-released autobiography, Have a Nice Day!, reached the top of the New York Times non-fiction best-seller list.

He and his wife Collette have two children, Dewey and Noelle.

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