Gene LeBell Family: Wife, Children, Grandchildren, Siblings, Parents

American martial artist, stunt performer, actor, and former professional wrestler, Gene LeBell, has passed away at the age of 89.

LeBell, who is Nicknamed “the Godfather of Grappling” is widely credited with popularizing grappling in professional fighting circles, serving as a precursor to modern mixed martial arts.

Born on October 9, 1932, in Los Angeles, California, United States, LeBell worked on over 1,000 films and TV shows and authored 12 books.

Gene LeBell
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The United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (USJJF) promoted him to 9th Dan in jujitsu and taihojutsu in the year 2000.

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The World Martial Arts Masters Association promoted LeBell to 10th Degree on August 7, 2004, and he was promoted to 9th Dan in Traditional Judo by the USJJF in February 2005.

LeBell served as an inspiration for the character of Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

LeBell passed away on August 9, 2022, at the age of 89.

Gene LeBell Wife

Eleanor Smerch was the wife of the late wrestling legend, Gene LeBell. The couple was married for many years.

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Eleanor Smerch is a housewife who is not as popular as her late husband. She is only known as the wife of LeBell.

Gene LeBell Children

Jimmy James LeBell, Nicholas Pandis, Aleksander Pandis, and Daniel Gene LeBell are Gene LeBell’s grandchildren.

As little is known about the other two, his son David LeBell is an actor known for his work on RoboCop 2 (1990), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), and Commando (1985).

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While he was in college, David won the Los Angeles City Judo Championship competing for Welcome Mat Judo and has appeared in many Martial Arts publications such as Black Belt Magazine and Inside Kung Fu.

Gene LeBell Grandchildren

Jimmy James LeBell, Nicholas Pandis, Aleksander Pandis, and Daniel Gene LeBell are Gene LeBell’s grandchildren.

Gene LeBell Siblings

No records about his siblings.

Gene LeBell Parents

No records about his parents.

Source: Kingaziz.com

Source: Kingaziz.com