WWE legend Dave Bautista has turned Hollywood star with roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Dune.
The determined heavy-hitter has dreams of working with Sam Mendes and Jodie Foster.
Who is Dave Bautista?
David Michael Bautista was born in January 1969 in Washington, D.C., and is an American actor, retired professional wrestler, and former mixed martial artist and bodybuilder.
Before finding fame, though, Dave worked as a nightclub bouncer and lifeguard.
Although WWE billed his height as a mammoth 6ft 6inches, Dave's real height is just over 6ft 2in.
The 52-year-old began acting in 2006 and he has starred in The Man with the Iron Fists, Riddick, James Bond film Spectre, and Blade Runner 2049.
However, Dave is best known for his role as Drax the Destroyer in The Marvel Universe, as a leading role in The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, along with a supporting role in Avengers: Infinity War.
In April 2021, he described The Rock as "a movie star before he was even a movie star".
“Would I consider him a great actor? F*** no," he told the Tampa Bay Times.
Dave revealed his wish to further his career by “working with Sam Mendes and Jodie Foster, I want to work with Academy Award winners.
“I’m proud to be a character actor. I want that respect and credibility and education."
He told Hollywood Reporter: "I never thought of myself as a wrestler-turned-actor; I just fell in love with acting and wanted to pursue acting.
"It is nice to now get people who didn’t know that I was in professional wrestling and are shocked to find out.
"I really respect the craft of acting. I also love the art of professional wrestling; it’s storytelling and performance."
He's also appeared in Dune, which he described as a "beautiful film".
Dave’s net worth has accumulated to approximately $16 million, according to Sportskeeda, thanks to his time in WWE and, later, his Hollywood roles.
When was Dave Bautista in WWE?
While Dave may be a bonafide Hollywood heavyweight, he made his name as a professional wrestler as World Heavyweight Champion in the WWE under his moniker the Animal.
He made his debut on Smackdown in May 2002 and was shortly afterwards promoted to WWE's main brand Raw, where he aligned himself with Ric Flair and Triple H under the ring name Batista.
During his time with the company, Batista became a six-time world champion, three-time world tag team champ, two-time Royal Rumble winner, and has headlined Wrestlemania twice.
He quit the company in 2010 with issues over the direction it was heading in, but he briefly returned for a spell from January-June 2014.
In 2017, the star teased on numerous occasions that he's had talks with Vince McMahon over a possible WWE return that would see him reignite his famous feud with Triple H.
He fulfilled that promise in April 2019, but was defeated by Triple H in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania.
Hours later, Dave announced that he was retiring from professional wrestling.
“I’ll miss this theatre of violence more than I can express in words, but I am officially retiring from Sports Entertainment,” Bautista wrote on Instagram.
How many times has Dave Bautista been married?
Dave Bautista has been married three times as of May 2021.
He got divorced from his first wife, Glenda, in 1998, after eight years of marriage.
Dave then married Angie in 1998.
BHW writes that in 2002, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Dave supported her and raised money for ovarian cancer research.
Although their marriage was dissolved in 2006, the pair welcomed their son in 2007.
"The wrestling star has a tattoo dedicated to his second wife, with 'Angel' written in red Kanji lettering," BHW adds.
His third wife was competitive pole dancer Sarah Jade. They wed in 2015, but parted ways four years later.
At one stage he had brief romance with WWE's Dana Brooke, who said: “There’s always been interest between Dave and I as far as friendships and everything.
"We share a lot in common as far as being in the business and outside, and being very passionate about giving back and charity work as well."
But as recently as February 2021, Dave was spotted enjoyed the company of bikini-clad women in Sydney, Australia, ahead of filming Thor: Love and Thunder.
How many children does he have?
He has two daughters, Keilani and Athena, with his first wife Glenda, and a 'miracle baby' son Oliver, who was born via in-vitro fertilisation.
Keilani lives in Kissimmee, Florida, and has two sons, Jacob and Aiden.
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