Gene Okerlund

American professional wrestling interviewer and announcer

Eugene "Mean Gene" Okerlund (December 19, 1942 – January 2, 2019) was an American pro wrestling commentator and announcer. He was most known for his time with both then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He was the host of WWE Vintage Collection.

Gene Okerlund
Born(1942-12-19)December 19, 1942
Robbinsdale, Minnesota[1]
DiedJanuary 2, 2019(2019-01-02) (aged 76)
Sarasota, Florida
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)"Mean" Gene Okerlund
Billed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Billed weight165 lb (75 kg)[1]

Okerlund died on January 2, 2019 at a hospital in Sarasota, Florida of complications from a fall at the age of 76.[2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "OWW - Gene Okerlund Bio". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  2. Fekete, Bob (January 2, 2019). "'MEAN' GENE OKERLUND DEAD: WWE HALL OF FAMER PASSES AWAY AT 76". Newsweek. New York City: Newsweek, Inc. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. Gene Okerlund, gentlemanly announcer of pro wrestling, dies at 76