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Blassie, Fred

Overview
Works: 15 works in 20 publications in 2 languages and 292 library holdings
Genres: Comedy films  Documentary films  Biography  Experimental films  Short films  Humor  Music  Documentary-style films  Sports films 
Roles: Performer, Author, Actor
Classifications: PN1995.9.C55, 796.812
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Most widely held works about Fred Blassie
 
Most widely held works by Fred Blassie
My breakfast with Blassie( Visual )

5 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comic genius Andy Kaufman hops a Hollywood bus to visit and eat breakfast with his old friend Freddie Blassie, self-proclaimed King of Men and professional wrestler. Kaufman had been body-slammed on the David Letterman show by Southern heavyweight champion Jerry Lawler. Andy and his guest discuss wrestling, stardom, hygiene, and whether to eat bacon or sausage
The legends of wrestling : 'classy' Freddie Blassie by Fred Blassie( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Classy" Freddie Blassie is universally acknowledged as one of the most hated heels in wrestling history. Freddie really knew how to antagonize the fans -- how to "get heat." Death threats were frequent, enraged fans stabbed him twenty-one times, and he was even doused with acid. Undeterred, Blassie just took the action up a level. He reveled in being the heel. It was almost commonplace to see him biting his opponents and then spitting out their blood. Blassie would routinely "file" his teeth during interviews. His matches in Los Angeles' Olympic Auditorium brought him to the attention of Hollywood. Freddie's style and unpredictability made him a natural for the medium and he became one of the biggest draws in the wrestling business. In the early '60s, this notorious heel was invited to wrestle in Japan. Blassie both horrified and mesmerized sedate Japanese society. It was reported that a number of Japanese television viewers suffered fatal heart attacks after seeing Blassie bloody an opponent in the ring. A child of immigrants, Freddie grew up in a working-class neighborhood in south St. Louis. At seventeen, Freddie made his wrestling debut in a carnival. Unhappy with his choice of occupation, his family persuaded him to keep his "real" job, and for a while he worked as a meatcutter. But after serving in the Navy in World War II, Freddie returned to the world of wrestling, which was at the time still something of a carnival sideshow. Here he picked up his catch phrase: "pencil neck geek." Early in his career, Blassie wrestled on cards promoted by Jess McMahon, and would later work for both his son, Vincent James McMahon, and his grandson, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, the current owner of World Wrestling EntertainmentTM. Even after his active days in the ring came to an end, he showed that he still had the power to generate heat: "Classy" Freddie Blassie became the manager of heels, transferring to a whole new generation of wrestlers the style and knowledge that had made him a legend of wrestling. Blassie is still provoking the public, with his autobiography -- Legends of Wrestling: "Classy" Freddie Blassie -- Listen, You Pencil Neck Geeks -- written with Keith Elliot Greenberg. Freddie weaves vibrant tales of his days in wrestling with the likes of Hollywood Hulk Hogan, The Rock, George "The Animal" Steele, Capt. Lou Albano, John Tolos, The Destroyer, Killer Kowalski, Nikolai Volkoff, and the Iron Sheik. He frankly chronicles his dealings with colorful members of the wrestling fraternity and the promoters, even recounting the controversies -- like the infamous "boxer vs. wrestler" match with Muhammad Ali, who was managed by Blassie. His out-of-the-ring stories are equally compelling. Freddie details his countless sexual exploits and his three marriages. He reflects on the cult status that he gained after his song "Pencil Neck Geek" rocketed to the top of the Dr. Demento Show playlist. He recounts his touching relationship with comedian Andy Kaufman, who cast him in Breakfast with Blassie -- an underground classic in which Blassie uttered: "What the hell ever happened to the human race'"
Dr. Demento presents the greatest novelty records of all time( Recording )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The films of Jeff Krulik & friends( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ain't we having fun: Film that inspired Jeff Krulik's short films. Public access gibberish: Scenes from different programs on cable public access channels. King of porn: Focuses on Ralph Whittington and his large collection of pornography. Mr. Blassie goes to Washington: What would happen if the former wrestler and self-proclaimed King of Men was turned loose on the streets of Washington, D.C.? Heavy metal parking lot: Shows kids at a Judas Priest concert running amok. TV's from outer space (Butch Willis & the Rocks music video): Music video from a band Krulik once managed. Monster truck parking lot: Short film showing the fans getting ready for a monster truck show. Neil Diamond parking lot: Shows the parking lot at a Neil Diamond concert at the same venue as Heavy metal parking lot, only 10 years later. Ernest Borgnine on tour: Borgnine gets behind the wheel of a touring bus and travels across America, Charles Kuralt-style
Wrestling rocks( Recording )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rhino royale( Recording )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My breakfast with Blassie I'm from Hollywood( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales of Andy Kaufman's bizarre and hilarious adventures in the world of big time wrestling
The best of WWE legends( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

I bite the songs by Fred Blassie( Recording )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fureddo burasshī jiden( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in Japanese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

I'm from Hollywood by Andy Kaufman( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Tales of Andy Kaufman's bizarre and hilarious adventures in the world of big time wrestling
Fred Blassie king of men by Fred Blassie( Recording )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The legends of wrestling : 'classy' Freddie Blassie
Alternative Names
Blassie, Freddie

Fred Blassie US-amerikanischer Wrestler

Fred Blassie wrestler e manager statunitense

Frederick Blassie

Frederick Blassie Amerikaans professioneel worstelaar (1918-2003)

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ブラッシー, フレディー

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