Born as Edward Harrison Leslie on April 21, 1957 in Tampa, Florida, Brutus started weight training seriously at age 17 with his best friend Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan. Always a big fan of wrestling, Brutus attended local wrestling events from an early age. Then at age 20, Brutus left junior college to become a pro wrestler with Hulk. Billed as "Terry and Eddy Boulder," a brother wrestling team, his first professional wrestling match was in Panama City, Florida. Brutus’ first big break came in 1983 in New York, where he joined the World Wresting Federation.
 
This was the birth of "Brutus Beefcake." In 1987 during Wrestlemania 3’s match-up of Roddy Piper and Adrian Adonis, Brutus became known as "the Barber" when he helped Roddy hold down Adrian and shave his head. In 1993, Brutus jumped ship and joined forces with the World Championship Wrestling organization, where he wrestled until the turn of the century.  No stranger to the spotlight, Brutus went on to appear in numerous shows as Hulk’s body double and stunt double in the TV series, Thunder in Paradise. He also had a role in the made-for-TV TNT movie series Shadow Warriors 1 and 2.
 
Most recently, Beefcake was a coach on the reality television show Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling.