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Muhammad Ali

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers of all time. As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. After turning professional, he went on to become the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times. Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Islam in 1975. In 1967, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges, stripped of his boxing title, and his boxing license was suspended. He was not imprisoned, but did not fight again for nearly four years while his appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was successful. Nicknamed "The Greatest", Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these are three with rival Joe Frazier and one with George Foreman, whom he beat by knockout to win the world heavyweight title for the second time. He suffered only five losses (four decisions and one TKO by retirement from the bout) with no draws in his career, while amassing 56 wins (37 knockouts and 19 decisions). Ali was well known for his unorthodox fighting style, which he described as "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee", and employing techniques such as the rope-a-dope. He was also known for his pre-match hype, where he would "trash talk" opponents on television and in person some time before the match, often with rhymes. These personality quips and idioms, along with an unorthodox fighting technique, made him a cultural icon. In later life, Ali developed Parkinson's disease. In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC. Description above from the Wikipedia article Muhammad Ali, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jan 17, 1942 In Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Requiem for a Heavyweight 1962-10-16
Latest Project:
Movie Andre the Giant 2018-04-10
Known For
Movie Andre the Giant Himself (archive footage) 2018-04-10
Movie The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Himself (archive footage) 2016-09-15
Movie I Am Ali Himself 2014-10-10
Movie The Trials of Muhammad Ali Himself 2013-08-23
Movie Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight Himself (archive footage) 2013-10-04
Movie WWE: Undertaker 20-0 - The Streak Self (archive footage) 2012-07-23
Movie The Real Rocky Himself (Archive Footage) 2011-10-25
Movie Facing Ali Himself 2009-01-01
Movie Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Himself 2008-07-04
Movie Thrilla in Manila Himself (archive footage) 2008-11-11
Movie Soul Power Himself (archive footage) 2008-09-04
Movie Legends Never Die Self (archive footage) 2006-06-01
Movie Ali Rap Himself 2006-08-06
Movie America: A Tribute to Heroes Himself 2001-09-21
Movie Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World Himself 2001-11-19
Movie Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights and Dark Shadows of a Champion Himself 1998-12-08
Series Die Muhammad Ali Story Muhammad Ali 1996-01-01
Movie Doin' Time Himself 1985-05-19
Movie Body and Soul Himself 1981-01-01
Movie Freedom Road Gideon Jackson 1979-10-29
Movie The Greatest Himself 1977-05-17
Movie Black Rodeo Himself 1972-05-01
Movie a.k.a. Cassius Clay Himself 1970-11-03
Movie Requiem for a Heavyweight Himself (as Cassius Clay) 1962-10-16
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