The McGuire Twins
|The McGuire Twins|
George Cannon (manager)
|Name(s)||The McGuire Twins
The McCrary Twins
"World's Heaviest Twins"
|666 kg (1,468 lb) (Billy and Benny McGuire)|
|Hometown||Hendersonville, North Carolina|
|Promotions||National Wrestling Alliance
New Japan Pro Wrestling
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 professional wrestlers listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Heaviest Twins" (328 kilograms (723 lb) and 338 kilograms (745 lb), respectively). A photo by John Page depicts the twins riding their Honda motorcycles.
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!. Benny lived for 21 more years, until his death at age 54 on March 26, 2001 of heart failure.
In popular culture
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In an episode of The Simpsons, 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. Additionally, they can be seen in the episode titled "King-Size Homer", as two mannequins on display in a plus-sized clothing shop. They also appeared on the "Blind Ambition" episode of Family Guy and were referred to as "the world's fattest twins."  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." 2 Broke Girls episode "And the Tree Boys with Wood" (2012) also references the men.
- Terry Funk; Scott E. Williams; Mick Foley (Foreword) (2012). Terry Funk: More Than Just Hardcore. Sports Publishing. p. ? pp. ISBN 978-1613210970.
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- "Services for Billy McCrary to be Held Here Tomorrow". The Times-News. Hendersonville, NC. July 18, 1979. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
- "Services for Billy McCrary to be Held Here Tomorrow". The Times-News. January 9, 1973. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
- Dykens, Brad (May 16, 2004). "THE NOSTALGIA POP #4: A Picture is Worth at Least a few Words". Columns. OnlineWorldofWrestling.com. Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- Benny McCrary at Find a Grave
- Billy McCrary at Find a Grave
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