Dave Bautista is an actor and retired wrestler. He is also a former bodybuilder and mixed martial artist.
Dave was born David Michael Bautista Jr. on January 18, 1969, in Washington D.C. His parents are David Michael Bautista (father) and Donna Raye Mullins (mother). His father is a hairdresser and still in business. He had a difficult childhood, as his parents divorced when he was still growing up. This influenced him and led him to lead a criminal lifestyle. After his parents divorced, he stayed with his mother, and the neighborhood where they lived was so violent that before Dave was nine years old, he had witnessed three murders in front of her house.
The environment hardened him, and soon – at the tender age of thirteen – he began stealing cars. He broke away from home and began to live alone. He worked as a doorman in various nightclubs and got into an argument with some regulars. The brawl caught the attention of the police and he found himself behind bars and was subsequently charged in a court of law with the brawl, in which at least one person lost consciousness. He was given probation and soon found love in bodybuilding, a profession he would later thank for saving his life from the path of violence. Dave has a mixed pedigree as his mother is of Greek descent and his father is Filipino.
Dave Bautista signed a contract for wrestling in 2000. His great wrestling career, which began in two stages, lasted eleven years (2000 to 2010 and then 2013 to 2014). He used the ring name “Batista” throughout his career in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He was a good fighter and in his best years the favorite of the fans. He won one championship after the other and currently holds a WWE record as a champion with the longest reign as World Heavyweight Champion, which is 282 days. In his career in the WWE, he has won the WWE Championship twice, the Tag Team World Championship three times (one of them with John Cena), and the Federation Heavyweight World Championship four times.
He won Royal Rumble in 2005 and 2014 and his victory in 2005 gave him the right to compete in WrestleMania 21, where he could compete against any world champion of his choice. His victory in the Royal Rumble match in 2014 also gave him the right to lead WrestleMania. During his short break from WWE between 2010 and 2012, Dave continued to fight in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). He then signed a contract with Classic Entertainment & Sports and was scheduled to debut in October 2012. His planned opponent, Rashid Evans, was disqualified for breaking his probation rule and replaced by the 40-member veteran Vince Lucero, whom Dave defeated in the first round by the TKO.
Dave Bautista has also acted in a number of movies and made his acting debut in 2006. His most popular role, however, came in 2014 when he played the lead role of Drax in The Guardians of the Galaxy. He also appeared in the sequel Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which was released in 2017. Other films in which he has appeared include House of the Rising Sun (2011), The Man with the Iron Fists (2012), Riddick (2013), Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), among others.
Dave Bautista Wife and Daughter
Dave was married three times. His first marriage was in 1990 to a woman simply called Glenda and together they had two daughters named Keilani Bautista (born 1990) and Athena Bautista (born 1992). His second marriage was with Angie on October 13, 1998, but it broke up in 2006 without producing a child. His third marriage was with professional pole dancer Sarah Jade in October 2015. He became a grandfather before he was forty years old when his first daughter Keilani was delivered by twin boys – Jacob and Aiden.
Relationship With Sarah Jade
Sarah Jade is the third wife of Dave Bautista, who has already been married twice. She is a pole dancer and was the first runner-up at the 2012 US Pole Dance Federation (USPDF) National Amateur Championships. Sarah won the title of “Most Athletic Lady” at the 2012 and 2013 Florida Pole Fitness Championships in succession. In 2016 she became Miss Pole Dance America. She currently organizes pole dance workshops at her pole dance and fitness center – Buttercup Pole Dance America – in Tampa, Florida. The lovebirds are years apart by age, which does not seem to bother the couple.
Quick Facts About Dave Bautista – Height, Parents
- Name: David Michael Bautista Jr.
- Nickname: Batista, The Animal
- Profession: Actor, Retired wrestler
- Birth Date: January 18, 1969
- Horoscope: Capricorn
- Birth Place: Washington D.C, United States
- Parents: David Michael Bautista and Donna Raye
- Nationality: American, Filipino
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse: Sarah Jade (m. 2015)
- Children: 2 (Keilani Bautista and Athena Bautista)
- Height: 6ft 6in (198 cm)
- Weight: 121 kg (265 pounds)
- Eye Color: Brown
- Hair Color: Black
- Annual Salary: N/A
- Net Worth: $13 million