Billy Varga

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Billy Varga
Billy Varga 1960s.JPG
Varga in the 1960s
Birth name William Joe Varga[1]
Born (1919-01-10)January 10, 1919[2]
Cleveland, Ohio, United States[2]
Died January 11, 2013(2013-01-11) (aged 94)[2]
Burbank, California, United States[3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Billy Varga[2]
Count Billy Varga[2]
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Billed weight 200 lb (91 kg)[2]
Trained by Joe Varga[2]
Debut 1930s
Retired 1970s

William Joe Varga[1] (January 10, 1919 – January 11, 2013), billed as Count Billy Varga, was an American professional wrestler and actor. He was born to Rose and Joe Varga; his father was a professional wrestler in Europe known as Count Joseph Varga and taught his son wrestling at the age of five. He attended Hollywood High School and graduated from the University of Southern California. Varga won the world's light-heavyweight title in 1941 and later joined the Navy until he arrived home in 1947. Varga's wrestling career began to fall apart in the 1970s as he was busy in television and movie work.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Varga married Rosabelle Varga who died in 1992. He resided in Northridge, California.[1] He had three sons, Billy, Courtland and Royce, all of whom preceded him in death, and five grandchildren. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease by the beginning of 2005 and died in 2013.

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Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary for William Joe Varga". Holy Cross Mortuary. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Count Billy Varga was star of screen, ring". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Count Billy Varga, Actor and Wrestler, Dies at 94". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 

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