FRANK SIMMONS LEAVITT, who would become the professional wrestler and movie actor "Man Mountain Dean", was born in Manhattan, New York on 30 June 1891, the son of John M and Henrietta (Decker) Leavitt. In 1911, at age 19, he joined the U.S. Army, and served for three terms, being honorably discharged in 1920. The above photo was taken while he was serving overseas (between 10/20/1918 and 5/5/1919). He was engaged in wrestling while in Europe, and "Soldier Leavitt" became the heavyweight champion of the US Army. Upon returning home and leaving the military, he continued with his wrestling profession, retiring in 1940. He would also take up movie acting in the 1930's, playing himself in many of the films.
Following his retirement, he moved to Norcross, Georgia, where he died on 29 May 1953. He was buried in the Marietta National Cemetery, Georgia.
-- Steve Dow (from personal collection, purchased in 2017)
Internet Move Database: Film credits for Man Mountain Dean
A Leavitt Photo archive
Photographs of our Leavitt cousins, and brief write-ups about them