Black Jack Mulligan
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|Black Jack Mulligan|
|Birth name||Laurance Coulson|
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Black Jack Mulligan|
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Black Jack Mulligan (born c. 1940) is an English former professional wrestler. He was a contemporary of such British wrestlers as Big Daddy, Jim Breaks, Tony "Banger" Walsh, Giant Haystacks and many others on the UK scene.
Early life and education
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A Geordie from Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England, he was born Laurance Coulson to a working-class Tyneside family.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he could be seen at the usual British wrestling venues sporting his trademark cape, long "Ayatollah"-style beard and scowl. Mulligan played the bad guy with relish and usually lost to the preening good-guy wrestlers. One famously broke both ankles after vaulting over the ropes and landing badly on a row of chairs when being pursued enthusiastically by the massive Big Daddy.
Mulligan wrestled once or twice a week and could occasionally be seen on the television series World of Sport on a Saturday afternoon. The pay was not great though and he supplemented his income by working as a boiler stoker and did the early morning rounds to institutions such as schools, hospitals and old folks homes.
Despite his bad-guy image (as was the case with other bad-guy wrestlers such as Breaks), Mulligan and his family sometimes fostered children from local children's homes.
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- List of people from Newcastle upon Tyne
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