Jorge played professional basketball as a center in his country at Gimnasia La Plata and Sport Club. He also played for the National Team from 1985 to 1988. Drafted by NBA's Atlanta Hawks in 1988, he had to quit after a knee injury. Hired by Ted Turner to be part of WCW, he started wrestling as "El Gigante" (The Giant), which was his nickname while playing basketball. He became famous as a wrestler, which led him to appear in several TV shows and movies. He also wrestled in Vince McMahon's WWF organisation, where he was known as Giant Gonzales. He retired in 1998 due to a back injury. He returned to Argentina and was assistant coach at Belgrano San Nicolás in 2000. He died in 2010 of complications from diabetes.