Ural Mountains (Russia): This man seen in the picture was the Russian wrestler of the twentieth century, known as Maurice Tillet, and he was the real life Shrek. But ironically he came to be popularly known as - The French Angel.
Born to French parents on October 23, 1903, Maurice was normal like any other kid and spent his early life in Russia. His father was an engineer and his mother was a teacher and they called him The Angel . During revolution in Russia, his mother moved to France along with him and settled in Reims. At the age of seventeen, his mother started observing swollen hands and feet and consulted a doctor; he was diagnosed with ‘Acromegaly’.
Acromegaly is a condition usually caused by a benign tumor on the pituitary gland, resulting in bone overgrowth and bone thickening. He aimed for being an advocate but ended up pursuing engineering in French Navy because of the unusual syndrome.
Carl Pojello, a wrestler convinced Maurice to enter the arena professionally, after which he trained and wrestled in France and England for two years until World War II, post which they left for US in 1939.
In 1940, in Boston, Maurice wrestled by the name of The French Angel. He became popular in the region because of his undeniable force as he remained on top for 19 consecutive months, since he became the World Heavyweight Champion (Boston version) in 1940. He also won the Montreal version of the same tournament as well.
In 1945, his health started deteriorating as he started loosing matches. He breathed his last on September 4, 1954, suffering from a heart disease.
The cartoon character Shrek is inspired from this soul only.