born April 27, 1979
Vladimir Kozlov (born Oleg Prudius) is a professional wrestler, actor and an accomplished sportsman - a champion in several combat systems and a professional American football player.
Vladimir Kozlov - whole life in the fighting
Information on the place of Oleg Prudius, who more known as Vladimir Kozlov, birth differs quite a bit, be it because of lack of records, or due to the peculiarities of show business...
According to some sources, he was born either in a family of a military officer in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, former USSR, or in a family of Soviet diplomats in the former Yugoslavia, or in a family of workers in Kiev, Ukraine, former USSR. His official bio, though, quotes Ukraine as his country of origin.
He can boast of many achievements, holding the 2005 title of the USA Open Heavyweight Sambo Champion, a United States Kick-Boxing Association (USKBA) International Heavyweight Grappling Champion, and an Ohio Valley Wrestling Heavyweight Champion. He is trained in multiple serious combat systems: freestyle wrestling, sambo, kickboxing, judo, and mixed martial arts.
Oleg also played American football for the Ukrainian National Team, and later, after coming to the United States in the mid-1990s - for the Santa Barbara City College team.
He became a U.S. naturalized citizen in 2009, during a ceremony in which more than 400 future Americans took their Oath of Allegiance.
When competing for WWE, he won the Tag Team Championship once with Santino Marella. His career in wrestling spans for more than a decade, with performances in several leagues, including international.
Prudius also has a career of a screen actor, notably having a small role in Spike Lee's 25th Hour, and a walk-on role in the second season of the HBO hit series The Wire. Prudius also had a role in Grindhouse, where he was credited under his real name and as his WWE persona.
"WWE Alumni Bio". WWE, 2011
"Oleg Aleksandrovich Prudius - Biography". Internet Movie Database. 2008