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Erland Van Lidth de Jeude
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    (June 3, 1953-September 23, 1987)
    Born in Hilversum, Netherlands
    Wrestler, opera singer, and actor
    Performed with the Amato Opera in New York City
    Appeared in the films ‘The Wanderers’ (1979), ‘Stir Crazy’ (1980) and ‘The Running Man’ (1987)
    He was a member of a Dutch noble family and held the title of jonkheer, more or less equivalent to the English baronet.
    He weighed over 350 pounds at his peak.
    When he joined the MIT wrestling team, none of the jerseys fit him, so one had to be hand sewn for him.
    His voice coaches felt he never reached his potential in opera because wrestling distracted him, while his wrestling coaches felt he never reached his potential on the mat because singing distracted him.
    Despite his career as an opera singer, his voice was not used when his character sings ‘Down in the Valley’ in ‘Stir Crazy.’
    He earned degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.
    He was an alternate on the 1976 US Olympic wrestling team.
    He often sang the national anthem at the wrestling meets he participated in.
    His IQ tested at a genius-level 160.

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