A life that after a decades long career as a wrestler and manager that garnered multiple championships and made him a household name for at least two generations of wrestling has come to an end leaving a legacy of a man with many talents.
Former pro wrestler “Luscious” Johnny Valiant, born John L.Sullivan, in Pittsburgh, PA, died on Wednesday, April 4, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to media recently. According to police reports, the 71 year-old was struck while walking in Ross Township outside of Pittsburgh, PA at approximately 5:30 a.m. He was not in a cross walk when he was struck crossing a street there. The incident is being treated as an accident.
According to Wikipedia, went by the moniker of Johnny Valiant as an actor and comedian. He appeared on multiple episodes of The Sopranos and Law & Order. He also had several feature films on his resume. His one-man show “An Evening with Johnny Valiant” garnered critical praise from “Time Out New York,” “The Village Voice” and WBAI Pacifica Radio. He was remarried in 2004 and lived in Queens, New York City.
He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996.