Dave Bautista is an actor and retired wrestler. He is also a former bodybuilder and mixed martial artist.
Dave was born as 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 is still active in the trade. He had a rough childhood as his parents got divorced when he was still growing up. It affected him and made him take to a lifestyle of crime. He stayed with his mother upon the divorce of his parents and the neighborhood where they lived was a violent one such that before Dave was nine years old, he had witnessed three murders just outside their home.
The environment toughened him up and soon – at the tender age of thirteen – he started stealing cars. He detached himself from home and started living on his own. He would work as a bouncer at various nightclubs and got into a fight with some club regulars. The fight attracted police attention and he found himself behind bars and subsequently, in a law court, standing trial for the fight that left at least one person unconscious. He was granted 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 ancestry as his mother is of Greek descent and his father is Filipino.
Dave Bautista signed into wrestling in the year 2000. His magnificent wrestling career, which came in two stints lasted eleven years (2000 to 2010 and then 2013 to 2014) He used the ring name “Batista” all through his career in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He was a fine fighter and was the fans’ favorite in his prime. He won Championship after Championship and currently holds a WWE record as the champion with the longest reign as World Heavyweight Champion which stands at 282 days. In his career in the WWE, he has won the WWE Championship two times, the World Tag Team Championship 3 times (one of them with John Cena) and the federation’s Heavyweight Championship four times.
He won Royal Rumble in 2005 and 2014. His win in 2005 gave him the right to participate in WrestleMania 21 where he could fight any World champion of his choice. His win in the 2014 Royal Rumble match also earned him the right to headline the WrestleMania XXX. During his brief break from WWE between 2010 and 2012, Dave went on to fight in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). He then signed a contract with Classic Entertainment & Sports and was scheduled to make his debut in October 2012. His scheduled opponent, Rashid Evans, was forced out for breaking his probation rule and was replaced by 40-fight veteran Vince Lucero, who Dave defeated by TKO in the first round.
Dave Bautista has also acted a fair share of movies and made his acting debut in 2006. His most popular role, however, came in 2014 when he starred as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy. He was also featured in the sequel Guardians of the Galaxy 2 which was released in 2017. Other movies in which he has starred 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’s Wife and Daughter
Dave has been married three times. His first marriage was to a woman simply known as Glenda in 1990 and together they had two daughters named Keilani Bautista (born 1990) and Athena Bautista (born 1992). The marriage ended in 1998. His second marriage was to Angie on October 13, 1998, but it crashed in 2006 without producing a child. His third marriage is to a professional pole dancer, Sarah Jade in October 2015. He became a grandfather before he was forty as his first daughter, Keilani was delivered of twin boys – Jacob and Aiden.
Relationship With Sarah Jade
Sarah Jade is Dave Bautista’s third wife, having been married twice before. She is a pole dancer and was first runner-up at the 2012 US Pole Dance Federation Championship (USPDF) Amateur Nationals. Sarah won the title of ‘Most Athletic Lady consecutively in 2012 and 2013 at the Florida Pole Fitness Championship. She was Miss Pole Dance America in 2016. Currently, she organizes pole dance workshops at her pole dancing and fitness center – Buttercup Pole Dance America – located in Tampa, Florida. The lovebirds are years apart from each other in term of 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
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