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Ric Drasin (born July 12, 1944) is an artist, actor, stuntman, writer, personal trainer, former bodybuilder, and retired professional wrestler. [1] Drasin designed both the original Gold’s Gym logo —a cartoon sketch of a bald weightlifter—and the World Gym gorilla logo.[2] [3] Arnold Schwarzenegger was Drasin’s weight training partner for four years at the original Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. [4] [5] [6] Drasin wrestled professionally for 38 years while also winning titles in amateur bodybuilding contests during his younger years. Drasin retired from professional wrestling at age 57, but remains active as a wrestling trainer for both men and women. He is a spokesperson for Gold’s Gym International and continues his work as an artist, actor, and writer.

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Early life

Richard Alan Drasin was born and raised in Bakersfield, California, a city of agriculture and oil production. [7] [8] His father and mother, Oscar (1911-1963) and Claire (born 1914), owned and operated Drasin's Little Folks Shop, a children’s furniture and clothing store.[9] Drasin had one sibling, an older sister, Stephanie (born 1936), nicknamed Stef. The family attended religious services at Temple Beth El.

Drasin went to Franklin Elementary School, Emerson Junior High School, and Bakersfield High School, graduating in 1962 at age 18. He attended Bakersfield College for two years (1963-64), focusing on art.

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When Drasin was 17, he was picked up for a curfew violation at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor and taken to the Kern County Sheriff’s Station. His classroom habit of doodling and sketching carried over to the Sheriff’s Station, where it caught the eye of the Sheriff Howard Wines. Two days later, Sheriff Wines hired young Drasin to be the cartoonist, “Jungle Rick,” on the sheriff’s TV show for kids, “Deputy Howie.” Drasin held that position for about a year, earning ten dollars a week.[10]

The Epics
from Bakersfield, California
performing at the Hollywood Bowl in 1960.
Denny Phillips - rhythm guitar
Ric Drasin - lead guitar
Dick Cranston - drums
Tom Strongin - bongos
Craig Wilson - bass guitar

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Drasin’s interests in guitar playing, bodybuilding, powerlifting, and weightlifting began in junior high school. While Drasin was in high school, his band, the Epics, won a contest, appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in 1960, and was offered a one-year recording contract with Capitol Records.[11]

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Drasin enlisted in the Army Reserves for eight years and was inducted on his 18th birthday.[12] On active duty for approximately six months after enlistment and for two week each year thereafter, Drasin served as a clerk/typist and driver, achieving the rank of Sergeant. He was stationed at Fort Ord, California, and Fort Lewis, Washington.

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When Drasin was 18, his father died during surgery for a heart condition.[13] Drasin and his father had very much enjoyed going to professional wrestling shows together and, unknown to his father, Drasin had decided he would someday become a professional wrestler.


Young adulthood

Drasin’s work in the fitness industry began in 1962, when he taught classes in nutrition and exercise at the Bakersfield YMCA. Also in Bakersfield, he was an instructor at Babe’s Gym (1963-64), then manager of Joseph’s Gym (1965-67.[14][15]

Professional wrestlers who came to Bakersfield for wrestling shows fueled his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Following their advice, he drove to Los Angeles in 1965 and introduced himself to the management of the Grand Olympic Auditorium, a major site for professional boxing and wrestling.

Because of Drasin’s excellent physical condition, he was given the opportunity to prove that he could carry through with the rigorous training required by old school wrestling. Old school wrestlers were true wrestlers, who also learned the skills of ring presence, how to work the audience into a frenzy, and how to "work holds" (giving the appearance of inflicting and suffering excruciating pain).

Drasin was assigned to train with Johnnie Mae Young, a National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) United States Women’s Champion. Young, at 5’4” and 180 pounds, was known as one of the toughest wrestlers in the business.[16] Drasin, at 6’0”, 215 pounds, and 21 years younger, was the recipient of many bumps, bruises, rope and mat burns during his six-month training period. Each training session lasted two to three hours, and Drasin received thorough training in collegiate, professional, American- and Mexican-style wrestling. While in training, Drasin was a commuter, driving 216 miles round-trip between his home in Bakersfield and the Grand Olympic Auditorium four or five times a week.[17]

Drasin’s first professional appearance was as “Dick Alan,” a “baby face” (good guy). The year was 1965, and his opponent was Buddy "Killer" Austin. Austin won the match.[18]

Drasin moved to Los Angeles County, California, in 1969 and has lived there ever since. He lived in Torrance, California, for about a year and trained at Bill Pearl's Gym.[19] He then moved to Santa Monica, California, where he remained until 1978.

In addition to wrestling, from 1968-1970 Drasin also worked as a salesman, going from store to store, for Kellogg’s Cereals. For about 18 months in the early 1970s, he was the vice president and art director for Micro Sign Products, a sign and plastic letter company located in Marina del Rey, California. He left the company when it relocated to Carson, California.[20] [21]

Drasin started a mail order T-shirt business called Expressions in 1975, a venture he operated out of the bedroom of the apartment where he was living in Santa Monica. Expressions specialized in cartoon-like bodybuilding designs. Proficient at airbrush and silk screening, Drasin did all his own artwork. He advertised his products in various bodybuilding publications, and his business flourished.[22]

In 1975 Drasin also started a business called West Coast Wrestling Promotions. He faced great opposition from the National Wrestling Alliance, and Drasin ceased operations after a few shows.[23]

After moving to Santa Monica, he kept in shape for his professional wrestling matches with weight training at the world famous original Gold’s Gym at 1006 Pacific Avenue in Venice, California.[24] Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had come to the United States in September 1968,[25] also trained at Gold’s Gym. He and Drasin were training partners for four years (1970-1974).[26]

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Ric DrasinCommercial headshot (1976) Image used by permission from http://www.ricdrasin.com
Ric Drasin
Commercial headshot (1976)

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In 1971, Schwarzenegger and Drasin had just completed a run on Venice Beach when they were approached by a man and woman from Habush Casting who asked them to audition for a television commercial. Both Schwarzenegger and Drasin were selected for the “Heavy Chevy” commercial, as were six other athletes. Among them were bodybuilders Charles “Chuck” Fautz and Jim Morris and strongman Steve Merjanian.[27] The commercial marked the beginning of Drasin’s long, ongoing career in commercials, films, television, and print advertisements.[28]

In 1972, he had his first film role, that of playing “George,” a gym manager who is attacked by rats in the movie Ben.[29]

Drasin has personal favorites from his many appearances in front of the camera. Among them are the “Heavy Chevy” commercial, his 1981 television appearance as “Chuck Wilde/Mr. Galaxy” in the “Mr. Galaxy” episode of Charlie’s Angels,[30] and his television role as a vicious criminal named “Pipe” in two episodes of The Shield: “Pilot” (2002) and “Fire in the Hole” (2004).[31] [32]

Ironically, Drasin received no screen credit for one of his most visible roles, known variously as the “Middle Hulk,” “Hulkette, or the “Demi Hulk,” in two episodes of the television series The Incredible Hulk. Drasin played the half-transformed Hulk in “Prometheus: Part 1” (1980) and “Prometheus: Part 2” (1980).[33] [34] The fully-transformed Hulk was played Lou Ferrigno, a 6’5” bodybuilder who weighed 285 pounds. [35] [36]

In 1978, Drasin played an Olympic weightlifter in the film Sextette, where he traded quips with the legendary Mae West in her final screen performance.[37][38]

Drasin frequently ate lunch with fellow bodybuilders Arnold Schwarzenegger [39] and Ken Waller [40] at Zucky’s Delicatessen Coffee Shop at 431 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, California, an eatery favored by bodybuilders.[41] .[42]

During lunch one day in 1973, Waller, the manager of the original Gold’s Gym, mentioned the idea of creating a logo for Gold’s Gym to use on T-shirts. Using a napkin for paper, Drasin drew a bald weightlifter holding a barbell, a design that soon was used on athletic wear that was sold around the world. [43] [44] [45]

In 1974, World Gym also asked him to design a logo, and he created the World Gym gorilla logo, still in use today.[46]

For about a decade, Drasin also competed in and either won or placed in several bodybuilding contests. The Mr. Venice Beach contest, which he won in 1972,[47] is known for the high quality of contestants because of its proximity to both Gold’s Gym and World Gym.

However, during that era bodybuilding was an expensive, time-consuming endeavor for most participants, with little hope of financial gain. So Drasin put his muscles to serious work in the professional wrestling ring, while pursing competitive bodybuilding as a sideline.[48] Drasin’s career as a wrestler took him all over the United States, including Hawaii, and to Canada. Many of his bouts were televised.[49]

During that era, Dianabol and Primobolan Depot were two of the most popular steroids with bodybuilders. Drasin freely admits to taking steroids, as has Arnold Schwarzenegger, both reminding critics that steroids were legal during that era, requiring only a doctor’s prescription.[50] [51] [52]

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Middle years

Ric Drasin married Ilene Walit in 1975. Ilene was employed as a production secretary at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) motion picture studio when they met at Venice Beach 1970. In 1978, the Drasins moved to Van Nuys, California, where they had purchased a home. [53] They had two sons, Adam (born 1978) and Shane (born 1981).

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When the marriage ended in divorce in 1983, the children remained with Drasin. He took his boys with him when he went to the gym, and they were at his side when he printed shirts in the garage for his T-shirt business, Expressions.[54] Drasin chose to close his T-shirt business in 1984 after his name was stolen and used on goods of inferior quality.[55]


During this period Drasin also continued to work as an actor, stuntman, professional wrestler, and freelance writer.


In 1987, Drasin met Randi Weber at Gold’s Gym in Northridge, California. They married in 1989 and had a daughter, Samantha, nicknamed Sami (born 1991).

Northridge is a community in the City of Los Angeles. ...


Randi Drasin is a 1987 graduate of California State University, Northridge, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. Additionally, she is a certified fitness trainer and gymnastics coach. Since 1996 she has operated her own business, Randi’s Fitness for Kids, an after-school fitness program. [56] [57]

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In 1985, Drasin reorganized his old West Coast Wrestling Promotions into the American Wrestling Federation (AWF) and promoted wrestling shows in the Los Angeles and Bakersfield areas.[58] He taught his son Shane how to wrestle, and he wrestled as “Shane '54” for the AWF from 1996 until 2001.[59] [60] Although Drasin’s son Adam did not wrestle professionally, he occasionally worked as a referee for the AWF.

A referee is a person who has authority to make decisions about play in many sports. ...

Ric Drasin as "The Equalizer"This picture depicts the many injuries that Drasin has sustained over the years. Image used by permission from http://www.ricdrasin.com
Ric Drasin as "The Equalizer"
This picture depicts the many injuries
that Drasin has sustained over the years.


Image used by permission from http://www.ricdrasin.com

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Injuries

As a professional wrestler, Ric Drasin sustained many injuries. However, his three most serious injuries did not occur until 2001 and 2002, and the first and third of these injuries were unrelated to wrestling.[61]


In 2001, Drasin was working with a table saw in his garage and had an accident that amputated his middle, ring, and little fingers from his right hand. Drasin’s son Shane obtained medical attention for him, and doctors were able to reattach his middle and ring fingers, but the tip and middle section of his little finger could not be saved.

Drasin returned to the gym the next day, using the heel of his hand for some exercises and straps around his wrists for others. He has stated that he never took pain medication for this injury.

Using a glove to protect his hand, Drasin soon returned to professional wrestling.


In 2002, Drasin sustained two other serious injuries, both to his legs. The first happened while wrestling in an AWF match against “Cincinnati Red” (Scott Daves)[62] in Huntington Beach, California. Drasin did not realize he had been seriously injured and continued wrestling for seven more minutes, until the bout ended with Drasin the victor. Daves had fallen on Drasin’s leg, bending Drasin’s foot to his hip, which ruptured the quadricep tendons in Drasin’s right thigh.

Initially, the injury was misdiagnosed by a chiropractor, who thought the injury was less serious than it actually was. Four days later, Drasin fell at home, and his left leg sustained an identical injury. An orthopedic surgeon diagnosed his condition as ruptured quadriceps and informed Drasin that he needed immediate surgery on both legs or he would never walk again.

Surgery left him in leg braces and a wheel chair for six weeks. Only one week into recovery, Drasin convinced his wife and daughter to drive him to his regular gym, Gold’s Gym in North Hollywood He trained his upper body from his wheel chair and then from a walker until the leg braces were removed.

After the leg braces were removed, he began training his legs again, but within 24 hours a staph infection blew out his right knee. Drasin got through the life-threatening ordeal with antibiotics and a drain that remained in place for eight weeks. Even this didn’t keep him out of the gym, and he credits his workouts with speeding up the healing process. He was soon on a cane and only a year later was doing full leg workouts. Nickname: Surf City Location of Huntington Beach within Orange County, California. ... Chiropractic treatment uses manipulative therapy to correct subluxation, which has been shown to have some efficacy in treating back and neck pain, headache, and other symptoms of spinal-related conditions. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Orthopedic corset Orthopaedic surgery or orthopaedics is the branch of surgery concerned with acute, chronic, traumatic, and recurrent injuries and other disorders of the musculoskeletal system, its muscular and bone parts. ... Binomial name Staphylococcus aureus Rosenbach, 1884 Staphylococcus aureus (which is occasionally given the nickname golden staph) is a bacterium, frequently living on the skin or in the nose of a healthy person, that can cause illnesses ranging from minor skin infections (such as pimples, boils, and cellulitis) and abscesses, to...


Current life

Drasin wrote a book and a script for a horror film while recovering from his injuries. His book, So, You Want to Be a Wrestling Promoter, written with Bruce Dwight Collins, was published in March 2004 by BookSurge, LLC.[63] His horror movie script features a standoff between wrestlers and vampires. [64]

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He maintains his post-surgery weight at 220 pounds, still adhering to a modified high protein, low carbohydrate diet that has guided his food choices nearly all of his adult life.[65] He does not drink or smoke and still works out six days a week.


He is a frequent participant in Internet radio broadcasts, forums, and message boards, sharing the knowledge he has gained through his experience as a weight trainer and wrestler. [66] Additionally, he has so often been asked for personal advice that in 2004 he launched his own advice column, "Tough and Tender: Feminine Eye from a Straight Guy." [67]

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Ric Drasin in 2005wearing a Gold's retro T-shirt bearing the design he had created on a napkin in 1973. Image used by permission from http://www.ricdrasin.com
Ric Drasin in 2005
wearing a Gold's retro T-shirt
bearing the design he had created on a napkin in 1973.


Image used by permission from http://www.ricdrasin.com

His interest in art now takes the form of Website and logo designs, animation, and tattoo artistry. Additionally, in 2002, Drasin invented the Security Kat, a handheld personal security device.[68]

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In 2005, Gold’s Gym International re-introduced Drasin’s original logo as part of their “retro” line, [69] and Drasin is also designing new T-shirts for them. Drasin is now a spokesperson for Gold’s Gym, speaking at conventions and appearing at special events at various Gold’s Gyms. He is also a spokesperson for HeadBlade Razors. [70][71]

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Guitar playing is again in the foreground, now a hobby used for relaxation and creativity. The loss of his right little finger has not affected his ability to play notes and chords. He purchased a Gretsch guitar in 2006 and plans to add a pedal steel guitar to his collection.

Gretsch is a U.S. musical instrument manufacturer currently being distributed by guitar company Fender and drum craft company Kaman. ... Pedal steel guitar with two 10-string necks The pedal steel guitar is a type of electric guitar incorporating a stand and pedals. ...


Drasin taught both of his sons how to play the guitar, and both Adam and Shane play in bands. [72] [73] Drasin’s teenage daughter Sami aspires to become a professional photographer and has already taken photographs for the Sherman Oaks, California, Chamber of Commerce.[74]

In 2006 Drasin was approached by Richard Wenk, who had written the screenplay for the Bruce Willis film 16 Blocks. Wenk expressed an interest in taping a pilot for a reality television show based on Drasin’s experience as a wrestling instructor. Drasin’s successful work with wrestling students ranging from 20 to 59 years of age, some with health issues and learning disabilities, had caught Wenk’s attention. The pilot is being videotaped in Drasin’s back yard, where he has his own 16 foot by 16 foot wrestling ring. Tuff and Tender and SlamU are being considered as possible names for the pilot.[75]

A segment of The Kids are in Charge: Family Vacation was videotaped in his backyard in 2006. It features a family of five from Denver, Colorado, who participate in Drasin’s wrestling classes. The segment is tentatively scheduled to be shown on the Travel Channel on June 20, 2007.[76] Chambers of commerce are business advocacy groups which are usually not associated with government. ... Bruce Willis (born Walter Bruce Willis on March 19, 1955) is an American actor and singer. ... 16 Blocks is a 2006 film directed by Richard Donner and released by Warner Bros. ... In broad terms, the phrase learning disability covers any of a range of conditions that affect a persons ability to learn new information. ... Nickname: The Mile-High City Location of Denver in Colorado Coordinates: Country United States State Colorado City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area    - City  154. ... The Travel Channel is a cable television network that features documentaries and how-to shows related to travel and leisure around the United States and throughout the world. ...


Professional wrestling career (1965-2002)

Ric Drasin’s Wrestling Characters [77][78]

  • Baby Faces (good guys)
    • All American Boy
    • Dick Alan
    • Dick Allen
    • Equalizer
    • Headlock Drasin
    • Mr. California
    • Mr. Everything
    • Ric Drasin
    • Rick Drasin
    • Rick "The Hulk" Drasin
    • Ricky Graham
  • Heels (bad guys)
    • Dr. X (wearing mask)
    • Equalizer (wearing mask)
    • Mad Bomber
    • Stomper (wearing mask)

Ric Drasin wrestled for the following organizations: [79]

Ric Drasin held the following titles:

The American Wrestling Federation, or AWF, was a national professional wrestling federation founded by Paul Alperstein. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is a group of independent professional wrestling promotions which has been in operation since 1948. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling organization. ... World Wide Wrestling Federation was one of the previous names used by Vincent J. McMahon for his wrestling federation. ...

  • AWF - Champion
  • CCW - Champion
  • GCW - Junior Heavyweight Champion
  • NWA – Rookie of the Year

Finishing and Signature Moves

A Piledriver is a professional wrestling move in which the wrestler grabs his/her opponent, turns him/her upside-down, and drops into a sitting or kneeling position, driving the victims head into the mat. ...

Trivia

  • When Ric Drasin was 10 years old and watching wrestling on television, he once grabbed his mother and applied a hammerlock. Not realizing he was applying so much pressure, he dislocated her shoulder, putting her in the hospital.[81]
  • When Drasin was in junior high school, as a joke he and two friends tried out for the cheerleading squad. They were selected. [82]
  • When Arnold Schwarzenegger first came to the United States, his English was so poor that he would sometimes have Drasin accompany him on dates. Drasin has said, "He wanted somebody to go along so he wouldn't feel awkward, so I'd go with him."[83][84]

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References

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  6. ^ Williams, John. (1978, May/June). Arnold: A unique, honest insight into Arnold Schwarzenegger: His thoughts, goals, and desires for the future. Muscle Digest, 2(2), pp. 16, 25-26.
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Official Websites

American Wrestling Federation
Ric Drasin
Ringpost Productions
Tough and Tender: Feminine Eye from a Straight Guy


Of special interest

Arnold Fans Website. (August 24, 2004). Joe Gold Memorial Exclusive! Arnold, Drasin and buddies attend!
Cauliflower Alley Club Website
Classic Bodybuilders of the Golden Era Website
Dave Draper Website. Photos from Tribute to Chuck Pendleton (aka Gordon Mitchell) on October 19, 2003.
Media Man Australia Website
Muscle Memory Website
Solie’s Vintage Wrestling Website






 
 

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