Ready for His Close-Up

May 23, 1982

“Rocky III” opens in theaters, introducing Hulk Hogan to a nationwide audience through his cameo appearance as Rocky Balboa’s charity match opponent named Thunderlips. Thunderlips battles Rocky to a draw, but Hogan wins the attention of movie lovers who would later see him play leading roles in such films as “No Holds Barred” (1989), “Suburban Commando”(1991), and “3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain” (1998).