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Meet the French Wrestler who Inspired Shrek

Shrek is loved worldwide as the loveable ogre trying to find his place in the world and of course for helplessly falling in love with Princess Fiona. But what you probably don't know is that Shrek's appearance was inspired by a Russian-born Frenchman, Known formally as Maurice Tillet. The man rose to prominence as a wrestling star in the 1930s and ‘40s. Born in 1903, Tillet is said to have been called “angel” by his boyhood friends because of his blonde hair and angelic face. At the age of 17, however, doctors diagnosed…