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Maurice Tillet the inspiration to SHREK?

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Maurice Tillet (October 23, 1903 – September 4, 1954) was a French professional wrestler, better known by his ring nameThe French Angel. Tillet was a leading box office draw in the early 1940s and was twice contracted to act as World Heavyweight Champion by the American Wrestling Association run by Paul Bowser in Boston.

Tillet was born in 1903 in the Ural Mountains in Russia to French parents.[1] His mother was a teacher and his father was a railroad engineer. Tillet’s father died when he was young. As a child he had a completely normal appearance and Tillet was nicknamed “The Angel” due to his angelic face. In 1917, Tillet and his mother left Russia due to the Revolution and moved to France, where they settled in Reims. When Tillet was 20, he noticed swelling in his feet, hands, and head, and after visiting a doctor was diagnosed with acromegaly—a condition usually caused by a benign tumor on the pituitary gland, resulting in bone overgrowth and thickening.[1]He had wanted to become a lawyer, but his acromegaly prevented him from doing so. Tillet served in the French Navy for five years as an engineer.[1]

In BostonMassachusetts, in 1940, promoter Paul Bowser pushed Tillet, who was wrestling as The French Angel, as a main eventer, and he became a large draw in the area. As a result of his popularity, Tillet was booked as unstoppable, scripted to win for a span of 19 consecutive months. Tillet acted as the AWA World Heavyweight Champion from May 1940 until May 1942. In early 1942, he also worked as the Montreal-based world heavyweight champion.[citation needed] He re-appeared with the Boston-based title for a short time in 1944.[1]

As a result of his success, several Angel imitators emerged, including Paul Olaffsen (Swedish Angel), who also had acromegaly; Tony Angelo (Russian Angel), Tor Johnson (Super Swedish Angel), Jack Rush (Canadian Angel), Wladislaw Tulin (Polish Angel), Stan Pinto (Czech Angel), Clive Welsh (Irish Angel), Jack Falk (Golden Angel), Gil Guerrero (Black Angel), and Jean Noble (Lady Angel). Tillet competed against Tor Johnson, who was billed as The Swedish Angel on those occasions.[1]

By 1945, Tillet’s health began to fail and he was no longer advertised as unstoppable. In his final wrestling match, in Singapore on February 14, 1953, he agreed to lose to Bert Assirati.[1]

In 1950, Chicago sculptor Louis Linck befriended Tillet and made a series of plaster busts commemorating him for his wrestling career. One of the busts is in Chicago’s International Museum of Surgical Science.

Tillet died on September 4, 1954, in Chicago, from cardiovascular disease.[1] Tillet is buried at Lithuanian National Cemetery in Justice, IllinoisCook County, 20 miles (32 km) from Chicago.

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