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Jesse "The Body" Ventura -- (born July 15, 1951, as James Janos, in Minneapolis, MN) was the 38th Governor of Minnesota, winning office in 1998 and serving in the position from January 1999 until January 2003. Prior to his political success, Ventura was best known for his work in professional wrestling as a color commentator in the WWF and WCW. He was the first heel commentator, an idea of Vince McMahon to make the WWF different than other wrestling promotions and to appeal to a broader audience (covering for his own limitations as a play-by-play announcer may also have been a motivation). His best work was on Saturday Night's Main Event and the first six WrestleMania events.

Prior to his commentator work, he was an in-ring competitor with a gimmick of a social climber (otherwise, he was modeled after Superstar Billy Graham). Prior to his work in the wrestling business, he was a US Navy SEAL. During his work in the wrestling business, he also started taking movie roles as available, co-starring in Predator (1987) with Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as a failed TV series called Tag Team with Roddy Piper in which two former wrestlers become policemen.

Nowadays, Jesse Ventura has claimed to be living off the Gulf of Mexico in a place where they cannot get television, so he has removed himself as far away from our society as he can. He has penned two autobiographies; the first was called I Ain't Got Time to Bleed and the other was released sometime after his term as Governor so we don't remember the name of it.

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