Scott Owen Epstein

December 23, 1949December 27, 2013

Media man, professional wrestling agent and talent booker Scott Epstein of Oceanside, known to all as "M.A.C.H.O." died in an automobile accident on Friday, December 27th, 2013, 4 days after his 64th birthday. Epstein was responding to an emergency at the home of his children in Hewlett at approximately 1AM when his car turned over on a curved road. Doug Torbor, Ex-Captain of the East Rockaway Volunteer Fire Department told News 12 Long Island that accidents occur frequently at the crash location. He stated further that for over 30 years he has worked on victims that have been severely injured or killed as the result of multiple one-car accidents at that location on Main Street near the Hewlett/East Rockaway border. Epstein made his mark in the wrestling and body building communities as a published author, editor, photographer and respected promoter. His father-in-law, fitness pioneer Dan Lurie (who pre-deceased him by 7 weeks), gave him his start as Editor and Chief of Muscle Training Illustrated Magazine. Together, they then launched Wrestling Training Illustrated and many other genre publications. Epstein blazed a path in the industry during the 1970's and 80's, developing and setting trends that continue to this day. Along with writers/photographers George Napolitano, Bill Apter, and Frank Amato, Epstein was named one of the "Four Horseman": the only people allowed to take photos ringside at WWF/WWE Madison Square Garden events. During this era Epstein became a fixture on the pro bodybuilding and wrestling circuit forging indelible ties between the two industries. Remarkably, Scott balanced his role in wrestling entertainment while maintaining a teaching career in New York CIty for over 30 years. He officially retired in 2002 after working primarily in Far Rockaway and other Queens areas as a teacher and Asst. Principal.

Since his retirement in 2002 Epstein was a beloved and constant fixture on the celebrity and fan fest circuit of autograph signings at huge events such as Wizard World and ComicCon. Universally he was admired in the industry as a man with a heart of gold who "could be trusted with other peoples money". Macho looked out for everyone. He was “the man in the suit”, known for his striking smile, big mustache, flamboyant style and raspy voice. In 2008, Epstein was a consultant on the Academy Award nominated film "The Wrestler" produced by Darren Aronofsky and he can be seen in in a cameo role in the movie. He frequently appeared at events with iconic wrestlers including Superstar Billy Graham, Tony Atlas, Bob Backlund, Superfly Jimmy Snukka, Seargent Slaughter, Greg the Hammer Valentine, Terry Funk, The Iron Sheik, and Hulk Hogan.

For the last 30 years MACHO was an icon of Coleman Country Day Camp in Merrick, NY, volunteering with children as a certified Challenge Course Instructor empowering children to go outside their comfort zones to build their self esteem and personal power. He was famous for his "leap of faith", diving several stories off the rock climbing wall, suspended by a harness and ropes. As MACHO-MAN (a nickname he first borrowed in jest from his buddy Randy Savage) he inspired generations of campers using the acronym for M.A.C.H.O. "My Actions Can Help Others". Though it is customary for people "in the program" to remain anonymous, Scott spoke for decades against the use of drugs and alcohol. Epstein was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous, who maintained his sobriety for more than 30 years. At times, he served as director of youth groups at Temple Israel in Lawrence, Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Center and South Baldwin Jewish Center where he mentored teenagers. Scott was the Public Relations Director for "We're Kickin' It" a national campaign to end bullying across America. Inspired by his friend "Superstar" Billy Graham Macho was a passionate advocate for organ donation.

The stunning impact he had on others can be seen in the thousands of posts on all social media sites. Heartbroken, Epstein's wife and children say the outpouring of love and support expressed on line has been uplifting for the family. The common theme of support, trust, and tireless energy can be read in every line written about Scott by his clients and friends including famed WWE announcer Howard Finkel, Sean "Xpac" Waltman, Matt Hardy, Diamond Dallas Page, Bruno Sammartino, Baywatch star Brande Roderick, Gregory "Sugar" Shane Helms, Andrew "The Reinforcer" Anderson, Traci Brookes, Jay Lethal, Mick Fowly, Alicia Nicole aka Ryan Shamrock, Kevin Nash, Actor Jose Hernandez Jr, Brutus The Barber Beefcake and many others. Epstein is survived by his wife Ash Mills-Epstein, his three children Ian, Cary and Ilissa, his step children Jennifer and Schuyler (wife Valerie), his grandchildren Tristan & Ryland Mills & Brittany and Kaylee Belcher. Scott's ex-wife Shelly Lurie is also grieving his loss. He is survived by his mentor and Uncle Hal Margulies and Aunt Anita Margulies, Aunts Ida Levine, and Marion Margulies. Scott's many cousins will miss his daily phone calls. Scott's children follow in his footsteps in the fields of entertainment, education, camping, and volunteer work. The entire family is inspired by Scott to live passionately and carry his legacy forward by doing as much for others as he did.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 5, 2014

Scott Owen Epstein

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Alexander Ortiz

January 14, 2015

Mr. Epstein,
I had to take a moment to think back to how you shaped and influenced lives during my time at PS43. I remember way back to kindergarten when the second graders pushed down a mobile volleyball pole. Somehow everyone agreed to blame the kindergarten since we wouldn't get punished. Little did we know that day your lesson plan was to demonstrate tough love. We had to sit and watch the others play with the rainbow parachute. This seems so surreal. Reading the comments before mine just tell me how much you loved during your time with us. We can only hope to emulate that lifestyle.


February 26, 2014


Thank you for everything brother. You saved my life and more and it is my mission to carry on your kindness and legacy. I still cannot believe you are gone. I wish I had that chance to give you a hug thanking you for being my superhero always looking over. RIP my brother.

- Macho Diamond up in the sky

Amy Baumgarten

January 7, 2014

I still don't have the words to say. Scott was an inspiration. Growing up in camp and knowing Scott was an honor. He was a hero to so many people. I am so sadden at the loss. My deepest condolences to Scott Epsteins Family. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Jo Anne Ellis

January 5, 2014

It seems like yesterday you stopped by my house asking me to paint a bucking bronco on your wrestling belt. You always had something way out there to tell me, something to laugh about. I never saw you without a smile. Not even in the toughest of times teaching together in Far Rockaway. Now I will remember you always with that smile- and that laugh!

Michael Bierman

January 5, 2014

Scott was the "uncle" that watched over my daughter Gaby for many years at Coleman. He was a very dear and close friend of my wife Ilene and Gaby who are both devastated by by the loss of Scott. There was never a time that Scott's giving nature didn't stop him for being there for either Gaby or Ilene. I remember the time I went to a wrestling event at Nassau Coliseum and took the time to introduce me to the wrestlers, it was a great time. For the 30 some years that I knew him he always had time to help anyone. Ash - the world has lost a very special man and you have lost your husband. He will be with you in your memories forever.

Eric Rosen

January 5, 2014

Scott, I cant believe that In a few hours I will be saying goodbye to you. It has been a little over a week now and I still cant believe that I will never get to see you again. Even know I wasnt a night owl like you. I will miss the phone calls (after 10pm & you saying sorry if its to late) and texts and of course the company at all the shows. The wrestling world has a huge void in it now and it will never be the same. I know that you will be looking down watching all of us along with the others that we lost. Say hello to Georgie for me.. Rest In Peace my friend :-( Eric"wrestling maven" Rosen

Bobby Riedel

January 4, 2014

Scott....Since I heard about your death, my life has changed. I sure wish I had you here. You were one of the few ppl I could talk too about our mutual bouts with anxiety. You were always so kind, giving, and supportive if everything I did. I appreciate the way you looked out and protected me. You left a much bigger dent in this business and in the lives of many. I love you very much. You will be missed.

Ken G

January 4, 2014

Scott came into my life years before I met him. He was my angel, and in large measure is responsible for saving my life. My prayers for all who knew him. You are of blessed memory: ??????? ?????
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Shana Gallardo

January 4, 2014

Scott, your love of life and your kindness towards others will never be forgotten. I'm going to miss your phone calls, your raspy voice, your large laugh and your sweet words. You are gone way before your time. You are an angel in heaven now with your parents and mine. Whenever I hear the word wrestling or jimbroynee I will always think of you. I love you cuz!!


January 4, 2014

We have never met face to face, and have spoken only a few times, but I feel like I have known you for YEARS. You married one of my BEST friends, so I KNOW how "special" you ARE. One day we shall all meet again and celebrate being together. Until then, I wish you peace, and know that we will take care of Sandy (Ash) and always be there for her. You just "hold the fort down" for us, and know you have "made a difference" in the MANY lives of the people you knew and loved... Rest in peace my brother... BUD