Road Warrior Animal

American professional wrestler (1960-2020)

Joseph Michael Laurinaitis (September 12, 1960 – September 22, 2020) better known by his ring name, Road Warrior Animal (or simply Animal), was an American professional wrestler. Along with Road Warrior Hawk, he was one half of the tag team The Road Warriors/The Legion of Doom.

Road Warrior Animal
Animal in 2017
Birth nameJoseph Michael Laurinaitis
Born(1960-09-12)September 12, 1960[1]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedSeptember 22, 2020(2020-09-22) (aged 60)
Osage Beach, Missouri, U.S.
Spouse(s)Julie Laurinaitis (divorced)
Kim Laurinaitis
Children3; Joseph, James, Jessica
FamilyJohn Laurinaitis (brother)
Marcus Laurinaitis (brother)
Brie Bella (step-niece)
Nikki Bella (step-niece)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Animal
Animal Warrior
Road Warrior Animal
The Road Warrior
Billed height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Billed weight285 lb (129 kg)[1]
Billed fromChicago, Illinois
Trained byEddie Sharkey
DebutNovember 1982

He performed with many pay-per-view events for the WWF and WCW, competing for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at 2001's Sin.

Animal was inducted with Hawk and their manager Paul Ellering into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.

Laurinaitis died of natural causes on September 22, 2020, ten days after his 60th birthday in Osage Beach, Missouri.[2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Animal (Road Warrior) - OWW". Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  2. Toro, Carlos (September 23, 2020). "Road Warrior Animal Dies At Age 60". Fightful. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  3. "Road Warrior Animal passes away". WWE. September 23, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2020.