Phil Grueber was very often called an “Adonis” as well as a “Jewish Heavyweight Champion” …..Jim Londos commenting on Phil’s dextrous speed and strength, said “This strong man has more than the makings of a champion. I’ve never seen a wrestler at so young an age display so much strength and ability”.
In 1936, out of 57 matches he lost twice and drew twice. He defeated Pat Murphy, Cleve Welch, Gerard Lauth, Al Williams, Zack Malkov, Abe Coleman, Dean Detton, Jim McMillan, Iron Man Talun, Jack Root and others.
He was Mr. America at the San Diego Exposition in 1935. He was a wrestler, a top Chicago model and a bodybuilder. He’s been called a Modern Hercules, a Strong-man, an Adonis, and the Jewish Hercules. People spoke of the thrill of seeing his superb physique and his muscle control exhibitions.
He was married, and had a son and a daughter. His daughter is Playboy Playmate/Model, Ellen Michaels
Wrestled the greats of the 30’s, 40’s 50’s and early 60’s.