Maurice Tillet

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Maurice Tillet

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When he was 20 years old, his life took a turn when he developed acromegaly, a rare endocrinological disease that disrupts the production of growth hormone, and causes the bones of the head to grow disproportionately. Because of his illness, his body became disfigured. Looking for a new identity that would adapt to his disfigurement, Tillet moved to the United States where he began earning a living as a professional wrestler. Due to its peculiar aspect, it was nicknamed “the monstrous ogre of the quadrilateral”. His evil character, “the French Angel”, was an instant success among the crowds, becoming one of the greatest in professional wrestling, leading to a series of imitators. On August 1, 1944, the French Angel defeated Steve “Crusher-Crusher-” Casey winning the world championship in Boston.

Living practically in seclusion, he made friends with some people, among which was the entrepreneur Patrick Kelly, whose house in Braintree, Massachusetts, often visited. There, both friends spent long evenings playing chess.

There is a life-size bust of Maurice Tillet at the International Museum of Surgical Sciences in Chicago, Illinois. The bust was made in 1950 by Luis Linck. Irving Penn made several publicity photographs of Tillet’s bust in 1946 and in 1990 he reprinted one of them using the Platinum / Palladium art process.

In 1954, Robert Manoogian Jr., aka Bobby Managoff, a friend and companion of Maurice, asked him if he could take a mold from his head. Maurice agreed. From that mold, three busts were created. One was directed to the fighter Milo Steinborn. He donated his to the Weightlifting Hall of Fame where he is now on display. The other two were directed to Patrick Leonard. Patrick held on to them until 2006 when he donated one to the National Hall of Fame at the Dan Gable Wrestling Museum where he is now on display. The other went to the Warren Anatomical Museum at Harvard.


Tillet died in 1954 from cardiac complications, at 50 years of age. Due to the disfigurement of his body caused by acromegaly, was the inspiration for the character “Shrek”, from the series of films of the same name. [quote required] Because of this, it is said that Tillet fulfilled her dream of being a movie star.

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