General Facts and Figures
- Full name: George Murdoch
- Net Worth: $2 Million
- Occupation: Actor, Wrestler, Political commentator
- Birthday: February 21, 1973
- Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Birth Sign: Pisces
- Marital status: Married
George Murdoch is a well-known wrestler who goes by the name of Tyrus in the world of WWE. He is a very large man who stands at 6’7,” and he has also segued into some acting jobs and even a job as a political commentator. His other nicknames include Brodus Clay and G-Rilla, and he is definitely making a name for himself via various avenues.
George Murdoch was born on February 21, 1973, in Massachusetts. He has a brother, and some reports have indicated that the two brothers grew up in foster care, although that rumor has neither been confirmed nor denied. At a very young age, Murdoch showed an intense interest in the field of wrestling and with his larger-than-average body size, he decided early on that this career was a very distinct possibility for him.
Murdoch attended Quartz Hill High School in Los Angeles, California, then went to the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he played football. In 2006, he signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to become a professional wrestler. The following year, he wrestled with Florida Championship Wrestling and he re-signed with WWE in January of 2010, remaining a professional wrestler to this day.
More Than Just a Wrestler
One look at Murdoch’s resume and you’ll easily see that he is about more than just being a wrestler. He has appeared in numerous movies and television series including:
- No One Lives, a movie that came out in 2012 — Ethan.
- Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (Movie) — voiceover
- Enuatti (movie), 2017 — Bateman
- Supercon (movie), 2017 — security guard
- Total Divas (TV show), 2013 — himself (three episodes)
- Trashville (TV show), 2014 — Danye East (one episode)
- GLOW (TV show), 2017 — Mighty Tom Jackson (two episodes)
- Preacher (TV show), 2017 — Hell guard (three episodes).
- Love (TV show), 2018 — Keith the cremator (one episode)
- The Purge (TV show), 2018 — gate guard (one episode)
On a Personal Note
Murdoch has two daughters, including one with his current partner, Ingrid Rinck. He is a very large man with a height of 6’7” (some publications claim that it is 6’9”) and a weight of 375 pounds. He has dark hair and dark eyes and he is worth approximately $2 million. He also has a presence on various social media outlets. His Instagram account has more than 93,000 followers and is titled tyrussmash. On that particular account, he earns up to $443 per post.
Murdoch’s Twitter account has more than 300,000 followers, and he reportedly owns two homes, one in California and one in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Getting His Career Started
Murdoch started his WWE career by training in Deep South Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling. On WWE NXT, a WWE program that paired experienced wrestlers with rookies to mentor them, Murdoch debuted during the fourth season as the bodyguard for pro wrestler Alberto del Rio. In 2012, WWE changed his image and began calling him The Funkusaurus, a funk dance manager by the Funkydactyls’ Naomi and Cameron.
He worked with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the name of Tyrus from 2014 to 2017, where he was allied with other wrestlers, including Ethan Carter III. It was at this time that he began calling himself Tyrus on a regular basis.
More About His Personal Life
George Murdoch is biracial; his father is black, and his mother is white. His father and mother were 19 and 15 respectively when he was born. His father was abusive and even hit young George in the eye at one point, damaging it. After this happened, his parents split up and he and his brother allegedly spent some time in foster care, although they were eventually reunited with their mother.
Murdoch, at one point, became obsessed with changing his skin color when he was younger because he thought that having lighter skin would make him more accepted by the community and would reunite his family. Even after the two boys were reunited with their mother, however, Murdoch ended up leaving home when he was only 15 years old.
Before attending the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Murdoch was a student at Antelope Valley College, and at one point, he was hoping to become a teacher. During his football days in Nebraska, he had to have surgery to remove a ruptured appendix. During the surgery, some nerve endings in his leg were severed, which caused him to limp permanently from then on. This was when Murdoch’s football career ended.
His Media Appearances
In addition to the appearances mentioned above, he has also appeared in TV shows that include:
- Outnumbered, 2016 — guest
- Syn, 2017 — Dylan (13 episodes)
- MacGyver, 2017 — Goliath (one episode)
- Fox and Friends, 2017 — guest
- Fox News Specialists, 2017 — guest
- The Five, 2018 — guest
Moreover, his various awards and accomplishments include the PPW Heavyweight Championship, Pennsylvania Premiere Wrestling; the ranking of number 74 in the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in both 2012 and 2013, Pro Wrestling Illustrated; a Bound for Gold Award in 2015, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling; and a Slammy Award for Best Dancer of the Year in 2012, WWE.
Here is a recap of his professional wrestling career:
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), 2006-2008
- Return to WWE developmental territories, 2010-2011
- NXT and alliance with Alberto del Rio, 2010-2011
- The Funkusaurus, 2012-2013
- Final storylines, 2013-2014
- TNA Wrestling/GFW/Impact Wrestling, 2014-2017, 2018
- Independent circuit, 2018
On the independent circuit, Murdoch debuted in December of 2018 at the House of Hardcore 52 for Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore. At that debut, he faced David Arquette and RJ City, teaming up with Robert Strauss.
During Murdoch’s career, he has joined teams such as Urban Assault, which he was later thrown out of; formed a tag team with his former enemy Freakin’ Deacon to come back and defeat Urban Assault later on; became the number-one contender to the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship after he eliminated Teddy Hart; and formed a team with The Usos Brothers called The Colossal Connection. He has also fought other well-known fighters, including Big Show, Rey Mysterio, and John Cena, among others, so Murdoch’s career has been a very active and lively one.