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Meet WWE® Superstar Randy Orton® on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and see why this third-generation WWE Superstar has wrestling in his blood.
Randy Orton was destined for a career in sports entertainment. After all, not every WWE Superstar can claim the title of “Youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE History”. Then again, Randy Orton is also one of the only third-generation Superstars in WWE history. The son of WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton, nephew of Barry “Barry O” Orton and grandson of “The Big O” Bob Orton, Randy comes from a distinctive bloodline.
Randy’s childhood memories include sitting in the kitchen of his family’s St. Louis home with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, and repairing a broken banister leaned on by Andre the Giant. He wasn’t even five years old when he watched his father knock out “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff in the main event at the inaugural WrestleMania, and he already knew he wanted to be a WWE Superstar.
Randy’s star rose when he won the World Heavyweight Championship at the unprecedented age of 24. Today the WWE’s “Apex Predator” is known as one of the very best inside the ring, and he is appreciated for his work by fans and peers alike.
In 2011, Randy co-starred alongside Academy Award Nominee Ed Harris, Chace Ellison, Mia Rose Frampton and Amy Madigan in the coming of age drama That’s What I Am from WWE Studios. Orton plays the vindictive father of a bully and makes Ed Harris’ character the target of a malicious rumor. Orton’s performance was noted as “Pitch Perfect” by Variety Magazine.
This third generation Superstar continues to make his mark outside of the ring with ratings grabbing appearances on Lopez Tonight and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He also is very active with the Make – A – Wish Foundation; which grants wishes to sick and terminally ill children.