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Camille Tourville (December 4, 1927 - December 24, 1985) was a Canadian professional wrestler and manager, better known by his ring name, Tarzan Tyler. He was one-half of the first WWWF World Tag Team Champions, along with Luke Graham.
|Birth name||Camille Tourville|
|Born||December 4, 1927|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Died||December 24, 1985 (aged 58)|
Laurentides Wildlife Reserve, Quebec, Canada
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||The Boot|
|Billed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Billed weight||270 lb (120 kg)|
|Billed from||Miami Beach, Florida|
|Trained by||Jacques Rougeau, Sr.|
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Professional wrestling careerEdit
Tarzan Tyler began competing in the United States during the 1960s after having spent nearly 10 years wrestling in Canada. Tyler competed for World Championships against such stars as Verne Gagne, Lou Thesz, and Dory Funk Jr. His greatest success came as a tag team competitor, as he and Crazy Luke Graham defeated the team of Dick the Bruiser and The Shiek in 1971 to become the first WWWF World Tag Team Champions. Tyler also challenged Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Championship during his tenure with the promotion. In 1980 he fought Angelo Mosca Sr. for the Canadian Heavyweight title in Toronto.
While working as a heel manager for Gino Brito`s Lutte Internationale, Tarzan Tyler died, along with fellow wrestler Pierre 'Mad Dog' Lefebvre and referee Adrien Desbois, in Laurentides Wildlife Reserve upon returning from a wrestling event in Chicoutimi, Quebec on December 24, 1985, in a car crash.
He was a three-time heavyweight champion for Grand Prix Wrestling in Montreal in the 1970s.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Big Time Wrestling
- Central States Wrestling
- NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Florida version) (2 times)
- NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA Florida Television Championship (2 times, inaugural)
- NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version) (2 times)
- NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (1 time) - with Louie Tillet
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (2 times) - with Tim Tyler (1) and Freddie Blassie (1)
- Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Mighty Ursus
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