Street in 2005.
|Born||5 December 1940|
Brynmawr, Brecknockshire, Wales, UK
|Professional wrestling career|
Kid Tarzan Jonathan
The Nature Boy
Hell's Angel #1
|Billed height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Billed weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st)|
|Billed from||"The Royal Forest of Dean"|
|Trained by||Chic Osmond|
|Debut||8 August 1957|
Adrian Street (born 5 December 1940) is a retired Welsh professional wrestler and author known for his flamboyant, androgynous wrestling persona, brought to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s. Street was often accompanied to the ring by his long-time manager and wife Miss Linda, and the two worked primarily as heels.
Born in Brynmawr in Brecknockshire, Street's family was in the coal mining business - his father was a miner for 51 years. In his teenage years, he began bodybuilding. He left home at age 16 and began his professional wrestling career in 1957. His early inspirations were American wrestlers Lou Thesz, Buddy Rogers and Don Leo Jonathan (from whom Street adopted his first moniker, Kid Tarzan Jonathan).
Street was trained as a professional wrestler by Chic Osmond and Mike Demitre. His first professional wrestling match was on 8 August 1957. Using the name Kid Tarzan Jonathan, Street defeated Geoff Moran.
Later in his career, he developed his "Exotic" Adrian Street image, an outrageously-attired, effeminate character who was hinted but never outright-stated to be gay. Street has explained that this gimmick was born by accident as a result of him playing up to taunting from an audience one evening, commenting "I was getting far more reaction than I'd ever got just playing this poof. My costumes started getting wilder". His wrestling attire evolved to including pastels and glitter make up and clipping his bleached hair into mini-pigtails. As "The Exotic One" his signature move in the ring was to kiss opponents to escape being pinned down and to put make up on his opponents when they were disabled. He also sang several glam rock songs, such as "Sweet Transvestite with a Broken Nose" and "Imagine What I Could Do To You"; the latter being his entrance music.
Working primarily as a heel, Street travelled all over the world including wrestling in Germany, Canada and Mexico. In the UK, he formed a tag partnership with fellow heel Bobby Barnes named the Hells Angels. In 1969 Street met his future manager/valet and real-life wife Miss Linda (Linda Gunthorpe Hawker). During the 1970s, Linda wrestled in Britain as Blackfoot Sue. Later in America, the two formed a double-act, Miss Linda becoming one of professional wrestling's first female valets and frequently participating as an accomplice to Street's in-ring shenanigans.
Street and Linda made their North American debut in 1981. Appeared in various areas in the independent wrestling circuit in North America, and finally settled in Ron Fuller's Continental Championship Wrestling (CCW) in Birmingham, Alabama in 1985. He worked early on as a heel against Austin Idol, Wendall Cooley and Norvell Austin before turning face in 1986. Street was so convincing as a heel that fans stood in shock as Street saved Bob Armstrong, under a mask as the Bullet, from an attack by Robert Fuller, Jimmy Golden and Tom Prichard. Street had a long feud there with "The Hustler," Rip Rogers. He returned to the area shortly before it closed in summer, 1989, teaming with Bill Dundee and Todd Morton against "RPM" Mike Davis and a young Masahiro Chono, as well as a feud against Terry Garvin (Terry Sims) and his partner, Marc Guleen, known as Beauty and the Beast.
After retiring from full-time in-ring work, Street ran the Skull Krushers Wrestling School in Gulf Breeze, Florida, until being forced to close doors following severe damage from Hurricane Ivan. Street and Linda also went into business designing and selling professional wrestling gear and other sundries via their website. He created the ring gear worn by Mick Foley as Dude Love during his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin.
In 2005, Street appeared at WrestleReunion in a battle royal for the IWA Heavyweight Championship, which was won by Greg Valentine. That same year, he began wrestling for NWA Wrestle Birmingham, where he actively wrestled until the promotion ceased operations in 2014.
After his last match on 14 June 2014, in Birmingham Alabama, Street estimated that during his career he had wrestled between 12,000 and 15,000 matches.
Adrian has released seven autobiographical books through CreateSpace.
Street starred alongside Ron Perlman in the 1981 film Quest for Fire. He also appeared in Grunt: The Wrestling Movie (1985), as well as appearing in the opening scenes of Pasolini's 1972 film The Canterbury Tales as a wrestler.
Street and his band, The Pile Drivers, released the LP Shake, Wrestle and Roll in 1986. It compiled two earlier singles (from 1977 and 1980) with a selection of new songs.
A documentary titled Changing Perceptions: Profile of an Openly Gay Pro Wrestler produced in 2006 features an interview with Adrian Street in addition to the film's main subject, pro wrestler Simon Sermon. The film was produced by award-winning filmmaker Victor Rook.
Street is the subject of a documentary by visual artist Jeremy Deller, entitled The Life and Times of Adrian Street.
A biographical feature film drama on Street's inspirational life story is currently being made by film producer and director Joann Randles with the working title Adrian.
Jon Langford's Men of Gwent have written a tribute song called "Adrian Street".
Street has survived a bout with cancer.
In 2018, Street and wife Linda returned to Wales, citing the weather in Florida and the destruction of Street's wrestling academy by Hurricane Ivan.