|Official Name:||Italian Republic (Repubblica Italiana)|
|Area:||301,340 sq km|
|Population:||61.5 million (2013)|
|Climate:||Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south|
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Born: Aug 11, 1953
Professional Wrestler and Actor
Terrence Gene Bollea, best known as Hulk Hogan (and occasionally Hollywood Hogan), was born to Italian-American Pete Bollea and Ruth Bollea, who is of French, Italian and Panamanian descent. He is an American professional wrestler and actor. He is currently the star of the VH1 reality show Hogan Knows Best and also makes occasional appearances for World Wrestling Entertainment on the RAW brand.
During his 1980s heyday wrestling for the World Wrestling Federation as the wholesome babyface character 'Hulk Hogan', Terry Bollea became one of the highest-drawing, most popular wrestlers in the history of the business. After flagging popularity, a steroid scandal, "retirements" and lawsuits damaged his momentum in the 1990s, he signed with WWF rival, World Championship Wrestling.
He later turned heel in July 1996, re-energizing and redefining his career as the greedy and manipulative villain Hollywood Hogan as part of the nWo before returning to face status and WWE. During his long career, he appeared and starred in several movies and TV shows and now makes occasional World Wrestling Entertainment appearances and manages of the music career of his daughter, Brooke Hogan.
Hogan is now officially recognized as a fourteen-time world heavyweight champion, since his two American Wrestling Association title reigns were validated in April 2005. His loyal fans are referred to as "Hulkamaniacs." Hulk Hogan was also the spokesperson for the Legends of Wrestling video game.