Pro wrestling star Brutus Beefcake joins celebrities at Northeast Comic Con in Boxborough

Pro wrestling legend Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake arrived in Boston on Wednesday ahead of his scheduled appearance Saturday at the NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza in Boxborough.

Beefcake, a former Winchester resident whose government name is Edward Harrison Leslie, confirmed his arrival in Boston via Twitter.

“Just landed in Boston! Good morning everyone!” Beefcake tweeted around 9:30 a.m.

He wrote Tuesday night, “Hey everyone I’m going to be at @NEComicCon this SATURDAY! Come on out and see me!”

Northeast Comic Con says on its website that the event will cater to gaming enthusiasts and others.

The confab will “feature all the fan favorites of comic cons and pop culture events including cosplay, costume contests, video game free play and competitions, celebrity guests signing autographs and photo opportunities, panels, VIP Experiences, and vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books, jewelry, clothing, art and other pop culture must-haves, along with Artists and Authors and Entertainment,” the site says.

In addition to Beefcake, other celebs on the weekend bill include English rocker Denny Laine of Moody Blues fame, plus screen legends Peter Scolari, Charles Shaughnessy, Nicholle Tom, Dana DeLorenzo, and Brianna Denski.


The event runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 at the Boxborough Regency Hotel and Conference Center.

Beefcake, who says on Twitter that he’s currently based in Florida, boasts a glowing bio on the World Wrestling Entertainment website.

“With his imposing steel shears, colorful outfits, wide eyes and contagious smile, Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake became one of the most beloved Superstars in WWE history,” the bio says. “Brutus’ career tells a story of courage and commitment. The popular Superstar overcame numerous obstacles and a near fatal accident in 1990 to compete at WrestleMania, and carve out his spot as one of sports-entertainment’s most memorable characters.”


Beefcake made a name for himself back in the day by placing opponents in his signature sleeper hold and cutting off their locks with his shears after they lost consciousness.

Material from prior Globe stories was used in this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.