Maurice Tillet "The French Angel" Pictures

Take a look at all the pictures pictures of Maurice on this page.  Many of which are, one of a kind pictures I have collected.   

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They are pictures of Maurice Tillet wrestling:
1.   The Swedish Angel - Phil Olafson.
2.   Maurice's championship winning match with Steve Casey.
3.   Maurice's first U.S. match in 1940 in the U.S. at Boston Gardens against Luigi Bacigalupi.

Maurice Tillet - age 13

A GREAT picture of Maurice Tillet, The Angel.

Maurice Tillet, Karl Pojello, and Rudy LaDitzi

Maurice Tillet, Karl Pojello, and unknown

Maurice Tillet, Karl Pojello, and some very familiar looking gentlemen.

Maurice Tillet, Karl Pojello, and some very familiar looking gentlemen.

Maurice Tillet and Wild Bill Zim
This picture was sent to me by Mike Zim, son of Wild Bill Zim from his fathers collection.  What I want you to notice is how perfect in height they are.  Wild Bill was 5ft 9inches, Maurice was 5ft 8.5inches. Many of the stories and pictures of Maurice focus on how different he was proportionately to others, but it is not until you see him next to another man of equal height do you really see how different he was.  Mike noted that his father said that Maurice was a very kind and decent man, who gave away much of his money to children in need. 

This picture is truly wonderful and comes from the daughter of those two around Maurice.  Credit should go to
"A. Prencipe Collection".
"My parents were proud to have met Maurice Tillet, the French Angel, while on their way to Ireland, May 1948. Mom would have politely acknowledged her career as a fencer and Dad would have told a story about some Irishman who wrestled. This was a very special and fondly remembered moment for them both."  

This photo came out of the scrapbook of William P. Spangler, Ward 8, of Pennsylvania, and was sold on Ebay.  William is husband to Private R. Spangler / Dussinger, and father of Patricia R. Spangler. Patricia died December 13, 1999.  This is presumed to be William.  For the record, the seller had no idea who this was, and searched google for Angel with head like Shrek.  Again this tells you how, even people who have NO IDEA his Shrek connection see how much he looks like Shrek.

The man here with Maurice is Dr. John Bonica, the father of all modern pain management.   I was overjoyed to understand from John's nephew that Dr. John cared for Maurice.  You want to be impressed - research Dr. John.  A huge portion of the worlds population owe their relative comfort in this lifetime to Dr. John and how he approached pain management.  That includes every woman that ever got an epidural during childbirth.  He administered the very first to his wife, who almost died during her first child's birth.

Maurice Tillet, The French Angel and Frank Sexton.

 Maurice Tillet, The French Angel and Frank Sexton.

 Maurice Tillet with Gormley in a press photo - notice the genuine expression on Maurice's face.  Look closely and you will see how the newspaper erased Gormley's hand so they could detail / highlight Maurice's face.

 The above found here -

The above article clipping also came from her.  I love this picture.  Now although I focus on Maurice here, this is one cute kid with Maurice.  Something about Maurice's big warm smile and the unamused child is just too perfect.

Absolutely love this picture.  Had to pay real money for it, so please use and enjoy it.  Maurice with the original Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller.  The picture was taken at Treasure Island's Aquacade in SanFrancisco in 1940.  
Such a great picture:

Below From Weekly Sporting Review in the UK, Oct 21st 1938 -

The following are all pictures taken by Irving Pen.  They are of Maurice Tillet with the original super model Dorian Leigh:

This one was also of Maurice and Dorian, and was apparently sold in 2013 - why didn't anyone tell me?

This guy with Maurice is Jack Dhempsy.   There is a picture above of Wild Bill Zim with Maurice and his son, Mike Zim said the following about Jack -  "Dempsey smacked my dad, Wild Bill Zim, when he refereed one of his matches."

The following five pictures were shared by Wrestling historian Dave Cameron.  The first is my favorite.  Dave said that Bulldog Clayton took this picture of Maurice next to their match board.  Bulldog said that Maurice and he were friends.  Dave and Bulldog were friends and he was given this photo.  This is before 1940 while still in Europe.

This above picture was taken in England sometime between 1937-9. The picture was provided by Dave Cameron.
Dave said, "(Bulldog Clayton) knew him and Carl (Karl Pojello) very well....  The bout (was) at the Tower New Brighton Wed May 25th...  ...He told me 'The Angel' was a lovely guy and they became good friends. Bulldog Clayton would have taken that photo."


Canada's Sports HALL of FAME is where the following three pictures reside:

The below taken from here:

 The below picture was taken from : WRESTLER MAURICE TILLET as LOU NOVIKOFF  - January 20, 1944  MILITARY SERVICE EDITION of THE SPORTING NEWS.


Wadyslaw Tulin (Polish Angel) and Maurice Tillet (Original Angel)
Wadyslaw 303lbs 6ft 8inches.  Maurice 276lbs just under 5ft. 9inches.

Per comments left at the bottom by Anonymous -  

The following FOUR pictures were graciously shared from Dave Camerons personal scrapbook collection -

Death Mask Bust Measured to give accuracy to Andre vs. Tillet head debate that went on here:


  1. Replies
    1. Appreciate that - I work very hard to take in every bit of information and every picture and share it with everyone. Thank you for the WOW. I want everyone to know this incredible man.

    2. Wooow this is great! Love it...

    3. Hi, My late father-in-law Ron Jackson was also a professional wrestler and I understand he went against the Angel during his career. One of his wrestling names was Husky Jack the Canadian lumberjack.

  2. Tom, FYI, the guy arm-wrestling Maurice looks a lot like Jack Dempsey. Dempsey smacked my dad, Wild Bill Zim, when he refereed one of his matches.

    1. Have you seen Maurice face to face? #peace from Australia

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  3. Hey! Here you can find a photo of Maurice Tillet when he came to Barcelona, to wrest in the Price theater:

    1. Update - Just by chance, I recently obtained copy of a postcard that Maurice sent to his manager Karl back in Chicago from Barcelona. Apparently he was with someone called FRED. If interested give me a write back and I will show it to you.

  4. Here's one I think you're missing:

    1. I think your right. I know this picture well AND I know he was doing a spoof on King Kong. I actually had a copy of this one in my collection. Steve Yohe was kind enough to provide me a copy of "AN IHC PRESENTATION - THE RING RECORD of MAURICE TILLET - "THE FRENCH ANGEL", and if I am not mistaken it was in the back of the book. Steve, Jim Melby, J Michael Kenyon, Fred Hornby, Matt Buziak, Libnan Ayoub, Don Luce, Normal Kietzer, Jim Melby all contributed to this book and I feel it appropriate to thank all of them for their effort, as I likely would have little to nothing when I started this mission. Special thanks for Steve Yohe finding and sending me a copy he had in his possession. I will add a copy of this picture from my collection.

  5. Great Photos and History of Maurice Tillet. I am curious if I could get a Larger Scan of one of the Photos to use for Art? Could I get your Email or a way to contact you? thank you

    1. Of course - Email me at and let me know which one's your interested in.

    2. Thanks for your quick response regarding the poster / photo . I just sent an email.