Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Actor

BIO

​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.

Birthday

Jan. 17, 1942

Place of birth

Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

Known for

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Muhammad Ali - The Greatest Collection

Ali's greatest fights in full length with original microphone 1. I Shook Up the World: Clay vs. L... Read more

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Muhammad and Larry

In October of 1980 Muhammad Ali was preparing to fight for an unprecedented fourth heavyweight ti... Read more

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Brash boxer Cassius Clay burst into the American consciousness in the early 1960s, just ahead of ... Read more

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Soul Power

A documentary on the legendary soul music concert staged in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. Read more

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Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection

.This is a tremendous documentary recounting a tremendous career. Starting with Flair's original ... Read more

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Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme

From neighborhood ciphers to the most notorious MC battles, "Freestyle: the Art of Rhyme" capture... Read more

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Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World

"This is a kid who just said it. I'm the greatest - and he said it with poetry. And I don't mean ... Read more

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a.k.a. Cassius Clay

The study of crazy brilliance and flamboyant sincerity. a.k.a. Cassius Clay presents a fascinatin... Read more

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When We Were Kings

It's 1974. Muhammad Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Forman is ten year... Read more

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Kings of The Ring-History of Heavyweight Boxing 1919-1990

The BBC produced “Kings of The Ring – History of Heavyweight Boxing 1919-1990” celebrates boxing’... Read more

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Black Rodeo

Documentary about a rodeo that takes place, for the most part, in Harlem. Read more

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ESPN Films: The Real Rocky

Chuck Wepner is a liquor salesman from Bayonne, N.J., who drives a Cadillac with “Champ” vanity p... Read more

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Muhammad Ali The Whole Story

Muhammad Ali. He is known as the most thrilling athlete of all time... he is known as The Greates... Read more

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Muhammad Ali - The Greatest

Universally accepted as a true icon of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali’s phenomenal achievements s... Read more

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I Am Ali

Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews... Read more