|Birth name||Alfonso Carlos Chicharro|
|Born||July 7, 1932
|Died||July 24, 1971
near St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Hercules Cortez
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||320 lb (145 kg)|
|Billed from||Madrid, Spain|
Alfonso Carlos Chicharro (July 7, 1932 – July 24, 1971) was a Spanish professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Hercules Cortez. He competed in Spanish and other European and North American wrestling promotions including the American Wrestling Association and International Wrestling Alliance and at the time of his death was an incumbent co-holder of the AWA World Tag Team Championship.
Professional wrestling career
Alfonso Carlos Chicharro began his professional career in the 1950s as Pepe Chicharro/Pepe Cortes in Spain. In 1958, he competed in Canada and the United States using the name Claude Dassary. By 1960, Alfonso had finally settled on the name “Hercules Cortez”, as suggested by his wife, Valeri.
A trademark of Hercules Cortez was a giant boulder he brought from Spain which he would place in the ring and dare others to lift. He traveled all over the world wrestling in may different venues and territories. In his native Spain, he also acted in several films.
By 1971, Cortez was wrestling in America and held the AWA World Tag Team Championship with Red Bastien. On July 24, 1971, Hercules Cortez died of injuries suffered in a one-car accident near St. Cloud, Minnesota early in the morning. Cortez and Bastien were returning to Minneapolis-St. Paul after a tag team match in Winnipeg just hours earlier. Hercules, who was reported to have been the driver of the car, had been scheduled to wrestle Nick Bockwinkel later that day.
Cortez was married to a woman named Valeri.
Championships and accomplishments
- American Wrestling Association
- International Wrestling Alliance
- IWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Corporacion Internacional de Catch
- Spanish Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- World Championship Wrestling (Australia)
- Sweeny, Sean. "Hercules Cortez". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2015-05-26.