Early life. Austin was born Steven James Anderson in Austin, Texas, on December 18, 1964. His parents, Beverly (née Harrison) and James Anderson, divorced when he was around a year old.
Kurt Angle started amateur wrestling at the age of seven. He attended Mt. Lebanon High School ,  where he won varsity letters in football and wrestling and was an All-State linebacker .    He went undefeated on the freshman wrestling team and qualified for the state wrestling tournament his sophomore year.