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Ray Stern

Born: Jan 12, 1933

Death: Mar 6, 2007

Birthplace: Brooklyn

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Ray Stern

Date of Birth : Jan 12, 1933
Date of Death : Mar 6, 2007
Birth Place : Brooklyn

Ray "Thunder" Stern, born Walter Bookbinder, was an American professional wrestler, bodybuilder and entrepreneur. At age 13 he joined the Merchant Marines using the name Paul Davis and discovered bodybuilding, a sport he loved so much he would carry a pair of 50 pound dumbbells in his duffel bag for workouts. In 1950 Stern began wrestling at age 17 in New York City working for Rudy Dusek. Due to his penchant for aerial moves promoters nicknamed him "Thunder". Stern opened the first co-ed gym in the United States in San Francisco, California, as well as the first with a nursery. He also worked with real estate and rental properties. Stern was also an avid flier, and during his wrestling career this allowed him to travel great distances in short periods to conduct more business and matches in a quicker span. He founded Stern Air in Addison, Texas with a fleet of Lear Jets and Falcon's. He even flew to Czechoslovakia to train with their national aerobatic champions, and was so successful that the team named him as an official backup member at the world level.


  • Businessperson
  • Entrepreneur
  • Wrestler
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