Ric Flair

Flair in 2008, photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 25, 1949

Ethnicity: publicly unknown

Ric Flair, legal name Richard Morgan Fliehr, is an American professional wrestling manager and professional wrestler. He is known for his work in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and WWE, and is considered by some to be the greatest professional wrestler of all time. He has also been billed as The Black Scorpion.

Ric was adopted by Kathleen, who worked for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Richard Reid Fliehr, who worked in obstetrics and gynecology. He was raised mostly in Edina, Minnesota. According to his autobiography, To Be the Man, 2004, his biological parents were Olive and Luther Phillips. His birth name was Fred Phillips, Demaree, or Stewart. Olive’s surname was one of the three names. Ric was adopted from the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, which was later revealed to be an illegal baby trafficking operation. Phillips is typically an English or Welsh name. Demaree is typically a French name. Stewart is typically a Scottish name.

Ric’s adoptive mother Kathleen was the daughter of Frederick E. Kinsmiller and Haedwig/Hattie A. Friske, who both emigrated to the U.S. from Germany. Ric’s adoptive father Richard was the son of William Harvey Fliehr, who was born in Pennsylvania, of German, Swiss-German, English, Dutch, and French descent, and Anna R. Kaiser, who was born in New Jersey, of German, English, Dutch, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Richard descended from settlers in Colonial America. Some of Richard’s German ancestors emigrated from Alsace, France.

Ric is married to Wendy Barlow, who appeared in WCW as Fifi the French Maid. He has had four children: two, Megan and professional wrestler David Flair, with his former wife Leslie Goodman; and two, professional wrestlers Charlotte Flair and Reid Flair, with his former wife Elizabeth Harrell. Megan is married to mortgage broker and professional wrestling podcast host Conrad Thompson.

Sources: Excerpt from Ric’s autobiography, To Be the Man, 2004 – https://www.simonandschuster.com

Ric’s official site – https://www.natureboyricflair.com

Genealogies of Ric’s adoptive parents – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Ric’s adoptive eight times great-grandfather, Daniel Levant – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Ric’s adoptive seven times great-grandmother, Catherine Weimer – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Ric’s adoptive tenth great-grandfather, Peter Campbell – https://www.familysearch.org

1 Response

  1. Nicholas says:

    Wow I could have sworn he was German aswell as his daughter.

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