Obit of the Day: “Paul Bearer”
In February 1991, The Undertaker, a professional wrestler who was rumored to be one of the undead, got a new manager. “Paul Bearer” was a pale-faced, cackling, urn-holding sidekick in what was one of the creepiest acts in the WWE for over 20 years.
Paul Bearer, who would also “manage” wrestlers Kane and Mankind, was one of the more popular characters in professional wrestling. He even had his own talk show, “The Funeral Parlor,” where he’d interview various WWE guests - sometimes locking them in a coffin.
In real life, Paul Bearer was William Moody, a U.S. Air Force veteran from Alabama. Earlier in his career Mr. Moody portrayed a different manager, “Percival “Percy” Pringle III” a blond southern gentleman. When he joined the WWE (then known as WWF) he took on the zombie-like guise of Paul Bearer.
Random awesome fact: Mr. Moody was actually a licensed funeral director and embalmer.
William Mood, aka “Paul Bearer,” died on March 5, 2013 at the age of 58. He last WWE performance was in 2012.
Sources: NPR (yes, NPR), The Detroit Free Press, and Wikipedia
(Image of Paul Bearer and The Undertaker is courtesy of maniacjoe.com)