Lou Albano

"I'm a legend in my own mind," Captain Lou Albano said in a 2007 interview. But he was also indelible in the minds of others. As the put-upon father in Cyndi Lauper's iconic music video for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," Albano, who died Oct. 14 at 76, lingers in the memory of anyone who lived through the 1980s.

A wrestler and manager for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), Albano had an outsize personality that helped lead the sport to cultural prominence. Blustery and manic, he wore rubber bands as earrings--as well as hair ties on his epic gray goatee--and...

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