Kenneth Richmond

Kenneth " Ken " Alan Richmond ( * July 10, 1926 in London, † August 2, 2006 in Christchurch, Dorset) was a British wrestler.


Ken Richmond grew up in London. As a teenager, he worked to earn money in Ranks Pinewood Studios in London in 1944 and got even a small movie role in the film " Henry V ". In 1944 he was conscripted. However, as a pacifist, he refused military service and had for seven months in a prison. After he was released, he worked at a shipyard here and made a trip to the Antarctic. End of the 1940s he began at a judo school with Judo, but soon moved to rings. With a size of 1.90 m and a weight of 120 kg, it was a magnificent heavyweight. In 1950, he wrestled internationally and won in 1952 at the Olympic Games in Helsinki the bronze medal in the heavyweight freestyle. In 1956, he had this success almost repeated, but had to make do with the thankless fourth place.

Ken Richmond had never lost contact with rank - film and worked in 1950 and 1954 in other films. In 1955, he hit for the opening credits of the J. Arthur Rank films a big Gong and was Gongman as the " symbol" of Rank films. He certainly was in those years one of the world's most viewed "actors" in the movie theaters.

End of the 1960s he joined the religious group of Jehovah's Witnesses in and spent two years as a missionary in Malta. He then worked for this group until his death in southern England. In southern England, he had discovered windsurfing, which he ran into old age.

International success

(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, F = Freestyle, S = Heavy weight)