Player Profile



Nationality :American
Date Of Birth :May 14, 1955
Height :6 feet 5 inches
Weight :204 kg

Vader was an American professional wrestler and professional football player. Throughout his career, he performed for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), and Pro Wrestling Noah (NOAH) during the 1990s and 2000s. He is widely regarded as the greatest super-heavyweight professional wrestler of all time.


Leon Allen White

May 14, 1955

Lynwood, California, U.S.
DiedJune 18, 2018 (aged 63)

Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Colorado
Grace Connelly
ChildrenJake Carter

Vader Biography, EarlyLife

Leon Allen White was born in Lynwood, California, on May 14, 1955, and grew up in Compton, California. He was raised with his sister in a rough area of Los Angeles known as South Central, where the siblings experienced a home break-in. His father was a US Marine. 

His father also was an underwater welder for the US Navy and invented an automobile hoist, which made the family wealthier and let them move to a safer neighborhood in Bell, where White attended Bell High School. In high school, he competed in shot put on the track and field team, wrestled, and played football.

Vader Education

When he was in high school, he was an All-American Offensive Lineman. He attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He also played college football during this time.

Vader’s Height, And Weight

The Wrestler has an athletic body standing at the perfect height of 6 feet 5 inches and weighs around 204 kg.

He also has an athletic body kind. He has a properly stored parent, but measures including biceps size, hip size, waist length, shoe size, and so on are presently unavailable. His eyes are dark brown, and his hair is black. He has a healthy and well-balanced physique.


  • Big Van Vader began his professional wrestling career with the American Wrestling Association and the Catch Wrestling Association. He also signed with All Japan Pro Wrestling before being moved to New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1987. He immediately adopted the ring name Big Van Vader and began wearing a black mask. His character was based on a character of the same name from Japanese legend.
  • He competed in an eight-man tournament and won against Shinya Hashimoto at Battle Satellite in Tokyo Dome, becoming the first non-Japanese wrestler to hold the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. However, he lost the title after only a month when he was defeated by Salman Hashimikov. Vader quickly drew the notice of World Championship Wrestling.
  • In 1990, Vader signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and his first match was in July, at The Great American Bash, when he defeated Tom Zenk in under two minutes. In addition, he participated in WrestleWar and Halloween Havoc.
  • In April 1992, he faced Steve Borden, better known as Sting, for the World Heavyweight Championship, but was disqualified. Sting’s ribs were cracked, and his spleen was burst. They fought again in July at the Great American Bash, where Vader defeated Sting to become the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion.
  • However, he lost the title following a battle with Ron Simmons due to a knee injury. Vader had knee surgery and returned for Halloween Havoc. In the finals of the King of Cable tournament, he fought Sting and was defeated. He faced and defeated Ron Simmons two days later to reclaim the World Heavyweight Championship. He lost it to Sting in March 1993 but reclaimed it six days later.
  • Vader was then defeated by Cactus Jack. However, Jack’s nose was fractured so badly that he needed 27 stitches. He eventually met Sting for the vacant International World Heavyweight Championship. He was, however, beaten. He later fought and defeated Dustin Rhodes at Clash of the Champions XXIX.
  • This allowed him the opportunity to face US Heavyweight Champion, Jim Duggan. Duggan was defeated, paving the way for Vader to become the next champion. He then challenged Hulk Hogan, who held the World Heavyweight Championship but was defeated.
  • Due to disqualifications, Vader was eventually forced to forfeit his belt. Vader was given another chance to fight Hogan for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Steel Cage match at Bash at the Beach, but he lost after Hogan managed to escape from the cage. He was eventually sacked from WCW after getting into a locker-room altercation with Paul Orndorff.
  • He signed with the World Wrestling Federation in 1996. During this period, he faced champion Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam 1996. In the Royal Rumble, he also faced The Undertaker. He then went back to All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he performed from 1998 to 2001. He later decided to work on an independent circuit. However, he later worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and WWE.

Vader’s Girlfriend, Dating

Big Van Vader’s wife divorced him in 2007, owing primarily to his alcoholism. Jesse White, his son, was born in 1986. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a football and wrestling player.

Big Van Vader died on June 18, 2018, after being sent to the hospital for pneumonia.

Vader’s Net Worth

Vader’s net worth would have been $1 million in 2023 because he used to get paid by WWE for appearances. He has also earned money by representing many independent wrestling circuits.

Vader Awards

  • All Japan Pro Wrestling
    • Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Steve Williams
    • Champion Carnival (1999)
  • Catch Wrestling Association
    • CWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • CWA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
  • Impact Zone Wrestling
    • IZW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
    • IWGP Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • IWGP Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bam Bam Bigelow
    • Super Grade Tag League (1991) – with Tatsumi Fujinami
    • IWGP Title Tournament (1989)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Wrestler of the Year (1993)
    • Ranked #2 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1993
    • Ranked #27 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the “PWI Years” in 2003
    • Ranked #36 of the top 100 tag teams of the “PWI Years” with Bam Bam Bigelow in 2003
  • Pro Wrestling NOAH
    • GHC Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Scorpio
  • Tokyo Sports
    • Best Tag Team Award (1998) with Stan Hansen
  • Universal Wrestling Association
    • UWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Union of Wrestling Forces International
    • UWFI World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • Best of the World (1994)
  • World Championship Wrestling
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • BattleBowl (1993)
  • World Wrestling Federation
    • Slammy Award (1 time)
      • Crime of the Century (1996) – Assault on WWF President Gorilla Monsoon
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • 5 Star Match (1991) vs. Keiji Mutoh at NJPW G1 Climax Day 3 on August 9
    • Best Heel (1993)
    • Best Wrestling Maneuver (1993) Moonsault
    • Most Improved Wrestler (1999)
    • Wrestler of the Year (1993)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)


What is the net worth of Vader?

His net worth is 1 million dollars.

What is the height of Vader?

His height is 6 feet 5 inches.

What is the age of Vader?

His age is 63 years as of 2023.

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