Meet Maurice Tillet, The Man Rumored To Have Inspired Shrek

December 29, 2014 8:53 PM

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Meet Maurice Tillet, The Man Rumored To Have Inspired Shrek

The real-life inspiration for the animated character Shrek might just be a man nicknamed "The French Angel."

Known formally as Maurice Tillet, a Russian-born Frenchman, the man rose to prominence as a wrestling star in the 1930s and '40s. Born in 1903, Tillet is said to have been called "angel" by his boyhood friends because of his blonde hair and angelic face. At the age of 17, however, doctors diagnosed ...

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