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Mick Foley earned a spot in WWE for his work as Cactus Jack, but he joined he company as a new character, Mankind, shown here in a 1996 promotional photo. He would go on to reprise Cactus Jack and old bring high school alter ego Dude Love into storylines. WWE capitalized on his personality disorder with the DVD release "Three Faces of Foley."

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley through the years

Mick Foley's pro wrestling career, which included three stints as WWE Champion, culminated with his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at Madison Square Garden on April 6, 2013. Whether in or out of the ring, the Ward Melville High School alumnus has always kept busy. He's a two-time New York Times No. 1 best-selling author, and has settled into wrestling retirement by going on the road as a stand-up comedian and training to become Santa Claus. (It's a fitting endeavor for a man who keep a year-round Christmas room in his Long Island home.) Take a look at Foley through the years, including some pictures from his youth that he provided to Newsday.

Mick Foley, Hardcore Legend and WWE Hall of Famer, through the years

Long before his WWE Hall of Fame career,
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Long before his WWE Hall of Fame career, Mick Foley wasn't afraid to get into character, earning him "Homecoming Queen" status at Ward Melville High School.

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley hangs out
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WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley hangs out with his brother, John, back in the day.

Mick Foley didn't end up wrestling for Ward
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Mick Foley didn't end up wrestling for Ward Melville High School until his senior year of 1982-83, but it helped build his confidence for his professional wrestling career.

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His
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His "guns" notwithstanding, Mick Foley never could do more than four pullups in gym class at Ward Melville High School. He managed to pull off a WWE Hall of Fame Career nonetheless.

Mick Foley prefers flannel shirts these days, but
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Mick Foley prefers flannel shirts these days, but he managed to don a tux for the Ward Melville High School Senior Prom in 1983.

Mick Foley prefers flannel shirts these days, but
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Mick Foley prefers flannel shirts these days, but he managed to don a tux for the Ward Melville High School Senior Prom in 1983.

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley shows off
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WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley shows off his Cactus Jack persona in this 1992 WCW promotional photo.

Mick Foley shows off as Cactus Jack in
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Mick Foley shows off as Cactus Jack in this 1993 WCW promotional photo.

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Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, and Big Van
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Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, and Big Van Vader had one of the biggest WCW rivalries. The two men battle in a Texas Death Match during Halloween Havoc in 1993.

Long Island native Mick Foley's interviews while working
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Long Island native Mick Foley's interviews while working as Cactus Jack for ECW in the mid-'90s are still considered some of the best in wrestling history. Foley and other ECW stars are largely credited for providing the creative influence of the "Attitude Era" that allowed WWE to overtake WCW in the "Monday Night War." Foley became Mankind in WWE, but Cactus Jack returned, along with Foley's persona from his youth, Dude Love.

Mick Foley earned a spot in WWE for
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Mick Foley earned a spot in WWE for his work as Cactus Jack, but he joined he company as a new character, Mankind, shown here in a 1996 promotional photo. He would go on to reprise Cactus Jack and old bring high school alter ego Dude Love into storylines. WWE capitalized on his personality disorder with the DVD release "Three Faces of Foley."

Mick Foley, as Mankind, faced The Undertaker in
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Mick Foley, as Mankind, faced The Undertaker in one of the most legendary Hell in a Cell matches at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in 1998.

Mick Foley, as Mankind, faced The Undertaker in
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Mick Foley, as Mankind, faced The Undertaker in one of the most legendary Hell in a Cell matches at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in 1998.

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Long Island's own Mick Foley, as Mankind, won
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Long Island's own Mick Foley, as Mankind, won his first WWF championship against The Rock in 1999.

Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, guest referee for the
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Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, guest referee for the World Wrestling Federation's Triple Threat Championship Match, lays down the law to Triple H's, Paul Levesque, left, and his manager Chyna, Joanie Lauer, back to camera, as Mankind, Mick Foley, white shirt, looks on at WWF's SummerSlam title match held at Target Center in Minneapolis. (Aug. 22, 1999)

Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, faced Triple H
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Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, faced Triple H in a street fight match for the WWF Championship at the Royal Rumble in 2000 at Madison Square Garden.

Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, faced Triple H
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Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, faced Triple H in a street fight match for the WWF Championship at the Royal Rumble in 2000 at Madison Square Garden.

Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, faced Triple H
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Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, faced Triple H in a street fight match for the WWF Championship at the Royal Rumble in 2000 at Madison Square Garden.

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Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, faced Triple H
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Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, faced Triple H in a street fight match for the WWF Championship at the Royal Rumble in 2000 at Madison Square Garden.

Richard A. Grasso, center, chairman of the New
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Richard A. Grasso, center, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, is joined by World Wrestling Federation wrestlers outside the stock exchange Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, after the WWF was listed on the NYSE. The wrestlers, from left, are Mick Foley, Triple H, Debra, Chyna, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.

World Wrestling Federation wrestlers Mick Foley, left, and
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World Wrestling Federation wrestlers Mick Foley, left, and Tazz, center, wait backstage at the Palace Theatre with members of the Opera Company including Peter Roberts playing a Cardinal during the opera in Stamford, Conn. (Nov. 9, 2000)

Children's author and former WWF champion Mick Foley
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Children's author and former WWF champion Mick Foley proves to be an enchanting story teller to a group of students at PS 123 in Harlem, NY during the law firm Winston & Strawn's 150th anniversary celebration volunteer day and library dedication. (Oct. 2003)

Mick Foley heads to the ring to face
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Mick Foley heads to the ring to face Edge in hardcore match at WrestleMania XXII in Chicago in 2006. He earned his reputation as "The Hardcore Legend" over a career of putting his body on the line for fans' enjoyment. Not only is Foley a multiple-time WWE world champion, but he's also a multiple-time New York Times best-selling author.

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Mick Foley took a break from his WWE
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Mick Foley took a break from his WWE career to perform for TNA Wrestling from 2008-2011.

Mick Foley, left, worked for TNA Wrestling --
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Mick Foley, left, worked for TNA Wrestling -- facing the likes of Kurt Angle -- from 2008-11 before returning to WWE.

Mick Foley, left, worked for TNA Wrestling --
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Mick Foley, left, worked for TNA Wrestling -- facing the likes of Kevin Nash -- from 2008-11 before returning to WWE.

Wrestler Mick Foley poses for a portrait in
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Wrestler Mick Foley poses for a portrait in New York. (May, 19, 2011)

Setauket native and WWE Superstar Mick Foley performs
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Setauket native and WWE Superstar Mick Foley performs his stand-up comedy routine at The Brokerage in Bellmore. (Aug. 24, 2011)

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Pro-wrestler Mick Foley is shown with his children's
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Pro-wrestler Mick Foley is shown with his children's book, " A Most Mizerable Christmas." (Nov. 27, 2012)

Wrestler Mick Foley attends the game between the
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Wrestler Mick Foley attends the game between the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers. (Feb. 24 2013)

Three-time WWE champion and Ward Melville High alum
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Three-time WWE champion and Ward Melville High alum Mick Foley stands in the school's gym in Setauket. (March 18, 2013)

Three-time WWE champion and Ward Melville High alum
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Three-time WWE champion and Ward Melville High alum Mick Foley stands in the school's gym in Setauket. (March 18, 2013)

Long Island native and 2013 WWE Hall of
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Long Island native and 2013 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Mick Foley, and his daughter, Noelle, attend WWE Superstars for Sandy Relief at Cipriani, Wall Street just two days before his induction at Madison Square Garden. (April 4, 2013)

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Mick Foley attends the Superstars For Sandy Relief
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Mick Foley attends the Superstars For Sandy Relief event, on Thursday, April 4, 2013 in New York.

Memorabilia from 2013 WWE Hall of Famer and
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Memorabilia from 2013 WWE Hall of Famer and Long Island's own Mick Foley -- aka Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love -- was on display during WrestleMania Axxess, a fan event held at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (April 5, 2013)

Mick Foley, Long Island's own, speaks to the
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Mick Foley, Long Island's own, speaks to the audience at Madison Square Garden during his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. (April 6, 2013)

Long Island's own Mick Foley speaks to the
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Long Island's own Mick Foley speaks to the audience at Madison Square Garden during his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. (April 6, 2013)

A visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus
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A visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus capped off Long Island's own Mick Foley being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, held at Madison Square Garden. (April 6, 2013)

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Long Island's own Mick Foley speaks to the
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Long Island's own Mick Foley speaks to the audience at Madison Square Garden during his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. (April 6, 2013)

Long Island's own Mick Foley speaks to the
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Long Island's own Mick Foley speaks to the audience at Madison Square Garden at his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. (April 6, 2013)

Three-time WWE Champion and Long Island's own Mick
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Three-time WWE Champion and Long Island's own Mick Foley addresses the crowd during his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden. (April 6, 2013)

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley talks with
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WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley talks with media at the WWE 2K14 press event, on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 in Los Angeles.

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley at the
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WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Chicago.

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WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley at the
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WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Chicago.

Santa Ambassador Mick Foley, seated, poses for a
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Santa Ambassador Mick Foley, seated, poses for a portrait with Santa Claus of Copaigue in his "Christmas Room" at his home in Smithtown on Nov. 8, 2014.

Retired WWE wrestler Mick Foley shows off the
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Retired WWE wrestler Mick Foley shows off the "Santa Ambassador" scroll he received inside the year-round Christmas room in his Smithtown home on Nov. 8, 2014.

Santa Ambassador Mick Foley, seated, poses for a
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Santa Ambassador Mick Foley, seated, poses for a portrait with Santa Claus of Copaigue in his "Christmas Room" at his home in Smithtown on Oct. 8, 2014.

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