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Roderick George Toombs was born on the 17th April 1954, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and passed away on the 31st July 2015 in Hollywood, California, USA. Under the name Rowdy Roddy Piper he was widely known as a professional wrestler and actor.
Have you ever wondered how much wealth he accumulated in his life? How rich Rowdy Roddy Piper was? According to sources, Rowdy Roddy Piper’s net worth was estimated at $4 million. It was accumulated through his professional wrestling career which was active for almost 47 years, and through various Hollywood engagements.
Rowdy Roddy Piper Net Worth $4 Million
Rowdy Roddy Piper was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where he attended Windsor Park Collegiate. For the possession of a switchblade, he was expelled from junior high school, and after a quarrel with his father, who was an officer, he left home and hit the road. He lived mostly in youth hostels and worked odd jobs at the local gyms.
Before beginning his professional career, Rowdy Roddy Piper was an amateur wrestler and a boxer who won Golden Gloves championship, the annual amateur boxing competition. Apart from this, he was also awarded a black belt in Judo. Roddy made his first steps towards wrestling under the patronage of Al Tomko and his first match included “midget wrestlers”. These engagements provided the basis of Rowdy Roddy Piper’s net worth.
Rowdy Roddy Piper’s professional career began in 1968 when he debuted against Larry Henning in the American Wrestling Association. During his entrance, one of his friends played bag-pipes while he was throwing dandelions to the audience so the announcer presented him as “Roddy, uh, the, uh, Piper”, unintentionally creating his later famous ring name – Roddy Piper. Between 1973 and 1975, Roddy served as a jobber in AWA, making a name for himself as a villain, constantly increasing his fame as well as his overall net worth.
In 1975, Roddy transferred to the National Wrestling Alliance where he remained ’til 1980. Prior to joining to the World Wrestling Entertainment in 1984, he was involved in the Georgia Championship Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic circuit. His fame was rising rapidly and soon he became a WWE mainstay and one of the most popular villains, infamous for his skills as much as his sharp tongue and controversial behavior. Interview segments that included Rowdy Roddy Piper are still ranked as the most entertaining interviews in the history of the WWE. All these involvements certainly impacted positively on Rowdy Roddy Piper’s popularity as well as his wealth.
Throughout the 1990s, besides wrestling actively, he also served as color commentator for WWE TV. In 1992, Rowdy Roddy Piper won the most significant title in his career – WWF Intercontinental Title, when he defeated Jacques Rougeau aka The Mountie. It is certain that these accomplishments helped him to add a sum to his net worth.
By 2015, when he tragically died of a hearth attack in his sleep, Rowdy Roddy Piper had wrestled in various promotions including AWA, NWA, WWF, World Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, WrestleReunion as well as numerous WrestleManias. In 2005, Roddy Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He stays famous in the world of professional wrestling for his trademark moves Eye Poke and Sleeper Hold as well as for his kilt costume. He was named by the WWE as the greatest villain in the history of the wrestling.
Apart from his ring career, Rowdy Roddy Piper also appeared in over 100 movies and TV series of which the most famous are “Hell Comes to Frogtown” (1988), “They Live” (1988), “Sci-fighters” (1996) and “Portal to Hell” (2015).
Rowdy Roddy Piper is survived by his spouse Kitty Dittrich (m. 1982) and their four children.