GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Greenwich’s Vincent Kennedy "Vince" McMahon!
Vince McMahon who has owned a home in Greenwich, turns 71 on Wednesday. The former announcer, commentator, film producer, actor, occasional professional wrestler, and chairman and CEO of the Stamford-based professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment was born Aug. 24, 1945, in Pinehurst, N.C.
McMahon made his debut as an in-ring announcer for the WWWF's All-Star Wrestling In 1969. Throughout the 1970s, he became the prominent force in his father's company, and over the next decade, Vince assisted his father in tripling TV syndication. During the late 1980s, McMahon shaped the WWE into a unique sports entertainment brand that reached out to family audiences while attracting fans who had never before paid attention to pro wrestling.
In the early 1980s, he briefly promoted ice hockey in South Yarmouth, Mass.
He plays an in-ring character known by the ring name Mr. McMahon, based on his real-life persona. He is a two-time world champion, having won the WWF Championship in 1999 and ECW World Championship in 2007. He was also the winner of the 1999 Royal Rumble.
He purchased longtime rival promotion World Championship Wrestling in March 2001 from AOL Time Warner and signed many wrestlers from the organization.
In February, 2014 McMahon launched a streaming service known as WWE Network.