Dave Bautista is a famous American actor who rose to global fame as a professional wrestler. He is considered one of the greatest and most successful wrestlers in the history of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), becoming a six-time world champion by winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice, cementing his place as one of the most exciting wrestlers to watch.
Following years of wrestling, Dave successfully transitioned to acting and has actually won over many fans to himself who are in awe of his acting skills. As an actor, he is known for his work in numerous movies including Guardians of the Galaxy, Kickboxer: Vengeance, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and many others.
Who is Dave Bautista and How Old is He?
Dave Bautista was born on the 18th day of January 1969 in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia. The actor and former wrestler grew up in Arlington and had quite a rough childhood. Even though he is now more simply known as Dave Bautista by fans around the world, his real name has been revealed to be David Michael Bautista Jr.
Like we have mentioned before, Bautista had a rather rough childhood especially because his neighborhood as a child was quite rough. According to reports, by the time he was 9 years old, he had already witnessed three murders just outside his home. His environment toughened Bautista and he soon joined bad gangs.
At the age of 13, he started stealing cars. He soon left home and started living by himself, serving as a bouncer in different nightclubs in his neighborhood. However, one day he got into a street fight and was arrested by the police. He was consequently tried and sent to 1-year probation. His experience on probation softened him up and when he finished his time, he decided to abandon the life of crime and took to bodybuilding. He would later reveal that bodybuilding as art is what helped to save his life.
After he started body-building, Dave Bautista picked interest in wrestling and decided to give it a trial. He initially tried out at the World Championship Wrestling but was told by an official that he would never make it big in the business of wrestling. However, he was not discouraged but later went to the World Wrestling Federation and started training with Afa Anoaʻi, a wrestling manager, in the Wild Samoan Training Center wrestling school.
Bautista finally signed with WWF (now WWE) in 2000 and has gone on to make a very huge impact on the sport with his raw strength and incredible resilience. He adopted the ring-name Batista and used it throughout his wrestling career, gaining immense fame around the world with his exploits.
During his wrestling career, he won the World Heavyweight Championship four times and also won the WWE Championship twice thus becoming a six-time world champion. He established his influence as one of WWE’s greatest fighters when he held onto his world title for the longest time ever recorded; he currently holds the record for the longest reign as World Heavyweight Champion at 282 days.
Bautista fought in many tag fights, emerging the winner on several occasions. He is on record to have won the World Tag Team Championship three times; he won it two times with Ric Flair and once with John Cena. He also won the WWE Tag Team Championship once with Rey Mysterio.
In April 2005, he headlined WrestleMania 21, one of the top five highest-grossing pay-per-view events in professional wrestling history, after winning the Royal Rumble match earlier that year, and cemented his place as one of the most exciting wrestlers in WWE’s history.
Dave Bautista is on record to have won the 2014 Royal Rumble match before going on to headline WrestleMania XXX. He finally retired from the game after facing Triple H at WrestleMania 35 in April 2019.
Apart from his wrestling, he has also found success as a Hollywood star. Over the years, he has acted and guest-starred in several television shows as both himself and in-character as Batista. He has also starred in many feature movies.
Some of the projects he has worked on include Smallville in 2006, House of the Rising Sun in 2011, The Man with the Iron Fists in 2012, Riddick in 2013, Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, Spectre in 2015, Kickboxer: Vengeance in 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2017, Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, and Avengers: Endgame in 2019 among so many others.
His Parents and Ethnicity
Dave Bautista was born to a father identified as David Michael Bautista and a mother called Donna Raye. His father works as a hairdresser, however, what his mother does for a living is not known. It is noteworthy that Bautista has Greek and Filipino roots. This is because, his mother has been revealed to be of Greek descent, while his father is the son of Filipino immigrants.
Sadly for Bautista, his parents did not stay together as husband and wife for too long; they divorced when he was still a child. Following their divorce, he lived with his mother and eventually took to vices because of the influence of his very rough neighborhood. He later had a fight with his mother and left home to become a bouncer at nightclubs before he was arrested and sentenced to probation.
However, despite his rough childhood and his parents’ divorce, Bautista has always confessed his deep admiration for his mother and father. According to him, they taught him the values of working hard.
What is Dave Bautista’s Net Worth?
Dave Bautista is apparently a well to do man. Having been a world wrestling champion many times and having cemented his place as one of the greatest wrestlers in history, there is absolutely no doubt that he has been able to rake in quite a lot of money during his career. He has also starred in feature movies and TV series, getting paid for his efforts and consolidating his financial independence.
At the moment, Dave Bautista’s net worth has been revealed to be about $13 million by different sources.
Is Dave Bautista Married? Who is The Wife?
Dave Bautista has been married to different women in his life. His first marriage was to a woman called Glenda Bautista. The got married in 1990 and had two daughters, identified as Keilani and Athena, together. However, the marriage crashed and they divorced in 1998.
After divorcing Glenda, Bautista married his second wife, Angie, on October 13, 1998. They had a son, called Oliver, together, before they eventually divorced in 2006. Bautista married his third wife, Sarah Jade, in October 2015. According to reports, Sarah is a competitive pole dancer. However, their love diminished towards the end of 2018 and they eventually separated in early 2019.
How Tall is He?
Like all wrestlers, Dave Bautista is a well built and heavily muscled man. The actor is very tall; he stands at 6 feet 6 inches in height and weighs about 265 lb (121kg). In addition, his chest measures about 55 inches, his arms measure 20 inches and his waist measures about 36 inches.