"Judo" Gene LeBell the "Godfather of Grappling" is both a renowned ex-world champion in both wrestling/judo, and one of Hollywood's busiest stuntmen. He is highly respected by many martial artists all over the world, and has been considered a ground breaker in many aspects of the art of grappling. In this article, we will talk about Gene LeBell's Biography including Net Worth, Age, Birthday, Height, Weight, Family, Children etc.
Gene LeBell Biography
Gene started training in judo at a young age, and at the age of 20 in 1954, he won National AAU Heavyweight Judo Championship and the USA Overall Judo Championship title. He went on to win the both the Heavyweight and overall champion title 1955 as well. After an illustrious judo career, Gene tried his hand at professional wrestling, and actually won the heavyweight title in Amarillo, Texas. However, in his excitement Gene swung the title belt around his head, which accidentally hit one of the wrestling commissioners on the head, causing a nasty gash. The belt was immediately seized from the shocked Gene, which in later years would cause him to comment, "Well, at least I was the champ for 12 seconds and I retired as champion."
Gene went on to fight numerous opponents over the years including practitioners from other fighting arts that scoffed at Gene's prowess, however they learned the hard way that Gene's superb grappling skills were the real deal. Gene has trained with numerous other world champion martial artists including Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, and Benny Urquidez.
Gene has been acting and contributing stunt work to Hollywood productions for over fifty years. He can be seen in TV shows including Mission: Impossible (1966), I Spy (1965), The Wild Wild West (1965), Baretta (1975), Married with Children (1987), and Baywatch (1989). Gene's feature film appearances include Raging Bull (1980), Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985), Bad Guys (1986), Ed Wood (1994), and Men in Black II (2002).
The remarkable "Judo" Gene Lebell is still teaching grappling and doing stunts at age 70+. He is also a Nevada and California Athletic Commission judge most recently judging UFC 74 (Randy Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga) plus he has a highly popular website visited by martial arts and film fans all over the globe.
Gene has 3 children, firstborn son, stuntman David LeBell, daughter Monica LeBell Pandis who is a FBI agent. Gene also has 8 grandchildren.
To know his complete profile, check the following table.
|Birth Name/Full Name||:||Ivan Gene LeBell|
|Nickname (s)||:||Judo Gene|
|Other Name (s)||:||Gene La Bell ,|
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Referee Gene LeBell ,
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Jean Lebell ,
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|Date of Birth||:||October 09, 1932|
|Birthplace||:||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Profession (s)||:||Stunts ,|
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Gene LeBell Age in 2023 and Birthday Info
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|Date of Birth||:||October 09, 1932|
|Birth Place||:||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Date of Death||:||2022-8-9|
|Death Place||:||Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA (undisclosed)|
|Next Birthday||:||09 October, 2023|
Gene LeBell Height and Weight
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|Height in Meter||:||1.8 m.|
|Height in Centimeter||:||180 cm.|
|Height in Feet-inches||:||5'11"|
|Weight in Kilogram||:||- kg|
|Weight in Pounds||:||- lb|
Gene LeBell Family (Spouse, Children, Parents, Siblings, Relatives)
In this section, we will add Gene LeBell's complete family information including his martial status, husbandorwife, children, parents, relatives, and siblings.
|Spouse (s)||:||Wendy Lebell (10 October 1977 - ?) (divorced) ,|
Eleanor Martindale (29 December 1975 - 1976) (divorced) ,
Eileen Joyce Murillo (21 February 1960 - 15 June 1960) (her death) ,
Olga Allen (12 September 1957 - 17 July 1959) (divorced) (1 child) ,
Midge LeBell (? - 9 August 2022) (his death) (2 children)
|Children (s)||:||David LeBell|
|Parents (Father and Mother)||:||Aileen Eaton|
|Relatives||:||Mike Le Bell (sibling)|
Gene LeBell Social Accounts (Facebbok, Instagram, Twitter, Website)
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|Personal Website||:||Gene LeBell Webiste|
Gene LeBell Net Worth in 2023
You might be interested to know what was the net worth of Gene LeBell at time when he died. The net worth of Gene LeBell was $100K-$1M. We do not guarantee the net worth of Gene LeBell is the exact amount. This is based on several sources on the internet.
Gene LeBell Facts and Trivia
Here is the list of top facts about Gene LeBell.
- Defeated boxer Milo Savage in a boxer versus wrestler match.
- Defeated Pat O'Conner for the world wrestling title.
- His mother once owned the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium.
- Is a black belt in judo.
- Is a former world wrestling champion.
- Was a close friend of Bruce Lee. LeBell learned Jeet Kune Do under the legendary martial artist and, in exchange, he taught Lee many of his grappling techniques.
- Is a very close friend of many legendary martial artists. Among them: Benny Urquidez, Robert Wall, Joe Lewis, Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, Royce Gracie, Michael Stone, and Maurice Smith.
- Taught many of his grappling techniques to UFC fighter Karo Parisyan.
- Published author.
- Acts and teaches judo privately 
- Was the co-promoter along with his brother Mike for the NWA Hollywood wrestling promotion, which his family owned. He also did announcing for the promotion's weekly television show.
- Once choked out Steven Seagal for taking liberties with a lot of the stuntmen who were working on his movies. LeBelle took exception with it and when Segal tried to physically attack LeBelle and he wound up putting Segal in a choke hold until he was unconscious.
- The day when Gene LeBell was born was Sunday.
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