Richard Morgan Fliehr (born February 25, 1949) better known by his ring name, Ric Flair, is an American professional wrestler. Also known as "The Nature Boy," Flair is one of the most well known professional wrestlers in the world.
Flair is recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a 16-time World Heavyweight Champion (8-time NWA Champion, 6-time WCW Champion, and 2-time WWE Champion) although his actual tally of World Championship reigns varies by source - some totaling as high as 22. In World Championship Wrestling (WCW), he also had two stints as a booker—from 1989 to 1990 and again in 1994. Flair also won the 1992 Royal Rumble and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008. Flair ended his 36-year in-ring career in 2008 at WrestleMania XXIV. Flair has also appeared in the Ring of Honor promotion, serving as Ambassador. He returned to World Wrestling Entertainment on May 17, 2009 at the annual PPV Judgment Day.
Flair was born on February 25, 1949. Various places have been given for his birthplace. In his autobiography Flair claims he was born in Memphis, Tennessee. In the opening chapter of his autobiography To Be the Man, titled "Black Market Baby," he notes that his birth name is given on different documents as Fred. At the time of his adoption, his father was completing a residency in gynecology in Detroit. Shortly afterward, the family settled in Edina, Minnesota, where the young Richard Fliehr lived throughout his childhood. He later attended Wayland Academy, a coeducational boarding school in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.