Born in Montreal as Pierre Clermont, Pat was 17 when he started wrestling. He soon became one of the biggest names in the sixties and seventies. His personality changed from heel to face depending on where he was in the world.
Outside of the wrestling ring, Pat is really timid and shy. He is soft-spoken, and his French accent is real cute. Surprisingly, Pat is a former altar boy and candidate for the priesthood. He is still a deeply religious man.
Pat began his career dubbed as "Pretty Boy Pat Patterson", and was described as "the pink trunk, lipstick wearing" wrestler by The Ring Wrestling magazine.
In 1979, he became the first WWF Intercontinental champion in a fictional tournament. He had held the WWF North American belt, which was retired to make way for the more impressively-named I-C title. Patterson lost the Intercontinental belt to Ken Patera in 1980 and feuded with him for much of the year.
Following the Patera feud, Patterson took on Sgt. Slaughter -- then on the top of his game as one of the most hated heels in pro wrestling. The Slaughter-Patterson feud resulted in a series of Boot Camp matches, including an incredibly bloody battle at New York's Madison Square Gardens in April 1981. One of the greatest matches ever.
As his career wound down in the early 80s, he headed back to Montreal to work for International Wrestling. Patterson retired from the ring in 1984. Since then, he has been an integral part of the World Wrestling Federation. He was an on-air announcer for both the French and English WWF broadcasts at one time or another.
Patterson was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996 and received a plaque that night from fellow Canadian Bret 'The Hit Man' Hart. It is rumored that Pat Patterson, who is openly gay, and Gerald Briscoe were lovers.