The McGuire Twins

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The McGuire Twins
Tag team
Members Billy McGuire
Benny McGuire
George Cannon (manager)
Name(s) The McGuire Twins
The McCrary Twins
"World's Heaviest Twins"
Combined
weight
666 kg (1,468 lb) (Billy and Benny McGuire)
Hometown Hendersonville, North Carolina, United States
Debut 1972
Disbanded 1979
Promotions National Wrestling Alliance
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Stampede Wrestling
Trainer Gory Guerrero

Billy Leon McCrary (December 7, 1946 – July 14, 1979) and Benny Loyd McCrary (December 7, 1946 – March 26, 2001), known together as the McGuire twins, were listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Heaviest Twins" (328 kilograms (723 lb) and 338 kilograms (745 lb), correspondingly).[1] A photo by John Page depicts the twins riding their Honda motorcycles.

Stage career[edit]

Born in Hendersonville, North Carolina, United States, the twins began using the stage name McGuire and gained popularity as tag-team wrestlers and in carnival stunt shows.[2]

Death[edit]

Billy McCrary died on July 14, 1979, at the age of 32, following a motorcycle accident in Niagara Falls en route to Ripley's Believe It or Not!.[3] Benny lived for 21 more years, until his death at age 54 on March 26, 2001 of heart failure.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

In an episode of The Simpsons,[4] during a scene involving a trial, Attorney Lionel Hutz (voiced by Phil Hartman) called in several surprise witnesses to the trial. The last two people to come through the door were two large men on motorcycles who were implied to be the McGuire twins. They also appeared on the "Blind Ambition" episode of Family Guy and were referred to as "the world's fattest twins." [5] A parody version of the twins can also be found in the Speed Demon segment of the Moonwalker film by Michael Jackson. In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man," when Randy tells Captain Stottlemeyer he thinks there may be a serial killer murdering world record holders, Stottlemeyer responds sarcastically, "Do you think we ought to warn the fat twins on the motorcycles?" Most recently, in episode 3.13 of NBC's Community Troy tells Abed that, of perfection in building the world's largest blanket-fort, he'll "remember that when [he's] being given the key to the secret Guinness Recordholder's clubhouse where [he'll] be hanging with those two fat guys on motorcycles and being fitted for a beard of bees."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Breo, Dennis (1978-01-09). "The Wrestling Mc Guire Twins Weigh 747 and 727 but It's Their Opponents Who Go Boing, Boing". People. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b Oliver, Greg. "Benny McGuire dead at 54". canoe.ca. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Services for Billy McCrary to be Held Here Tomorrow". The Times-News (Hendersonville, NC). July 18, 1979. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ http://mcgarnagle.com/2011/06/13/the-mcguire-twins/
  5. ^ http://goodsparkgarage.com/the-motorcycling-mccrary-twins/

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