Big Van Vader

1955 - 2018

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Leon Allen White (May 14, 1955 – June 18, 2018), better known by his ring names Big Van Vader or simply Vader, was an American professional wrestler and professional football player. Throughout his career, he performed for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), and Pro Wrestling Noah (NOAH) during the 1990s and 2000s. White is widely regarded as one of the greatest super-heavyweight professional wrestlers of all time.White performed as a monstrous wrestler, and he was capable of aerial maneuvers: his diving moonsault was voted the "Best Wrestling Maneuver" of 1993 by Wrestling Observer Newsletter (WON) readers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Big Van Vader has received more than 2,771,635 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Big Van Vader is the 128th most popular wrestler (down from 102nd in 2019), the 7,543rd most popular biography from United States (down from 6,835th in 2019) and the 57th most popular American Wrestler.

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Among wrestlers, Big Van Vader ranks 128 out of 703Before him are Paul Heyman, Yrjö Saarela, Kamala, John Layfield, Shinobu Sekine, and Tevfik Kış. After him are Asuka, Petar Kirov, Stephanie McMahon, Lex Luger, Umaga, and Bam Bam Bigelow.

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Among people born in 1955, Big Van Vader ranks 283Before him are Cassandra Wilson, William Kentridge, Robert Kalina, Kristine Sutherland, Koji Tanaka, and Azar Nafisi. After him are Udo Beyer, Norbert Eder, Michel Renquin, Bruno Barreto, Khoren Oganesian, and Agostino Di Bartolomei. Among people deceased in 2018, Big Van Vader ranks 346Before him are Peter Hill-Wood, Paddy Ashdown, Geoff Murphy, Jimmy Armfield, Mort Walker, and Shinobu Sekine. After him are Vic Damone, Fadil Vokrri, Johan van Hulst, Yurik Vardanyan, István Géczi, and Frank Ramsey.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Big Van Vader ranks 7,543 out of 15,968Before him are Christine Elise McCarthy (1965), Howard Deutch (1950), Warren E. Burger (1907), Heather Langenkamp (1964), Michael McDonald (1952), and Dale Earnhardt (1951). After him are Mark Isham (1951), Lewis Stone (1879), Edmonia Lewis (1844), David Burtka (1975), Virginia Bruce (1909), and Ralph McQuarrie (1929).

Among WRESTLERS In United States

Among wrestlers born in United States, Big Van Vader ranks 57Before him are Verne Gagne (1926), Gorilla Monsoon (1937), Superstar Billy Graham (1943), Paul Heyman (1965), Kamala (1950), and John Layfield (1966). After him are Stephanie McMahon (1976), Lex Luger (1958), Bam Bam Bigelow (1961), Scott Hall (1958), Curt Hennig (1958), and Rhyno (1975).

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