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Date of Birth 26 October 1906Sequals, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Date of Death 29 June 1967Sequals, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy  (liver disease)
Nicknames The Ambling Alp
De Prim
Man Mountain
Satchel Feet
Height 6' 7½" (2.02 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Primo Carnera was born on October 26, 1906 in Sequals, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He was an actor, known for Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959), The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) and A Kid for Two Farthings (1955). He was married to Giuseppina Kovacic. He died on June 29, 1967 in Sequals.

Spouse (1)

Giuseppina Kovacic (13 March 1939 - 29 June 1967) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (13)

His career as a boxer served as the basis for the book and subsequent movie The Harder They Fall (1956).
Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1990.
World heavyweight boxing champion, 1933-1934.
He fought in the Italian underground in World War II against the the Nazis and fascist dictator Benito Mussolini until he was captured and interned. He was released by Allied forces after Italy surrendered in 1943.
When he fought 184 lb Tommy Loughran on 1 March 1934, the 86 lb weight difference was the greatest ever in a boxing title match.
On 10 February 1933 Carnera knocked out Ernie Schaaf in 13 rounds in New York City and Schaaf went into a coma and died a few days later.
In 1933 was successfully sued by SoHo waitress Emilia Tersini for "breach of promise".
Was both the World Heavyweight Champion in professional boxing and wrestling.
From December 1929 to June 1930 won 18 straight fights by knockout.
Scored 15 first-round knockout victories in his career.
Was a professional boxer from 1928-1945.
Compiled a professional boxing record of 88-15 with 68 knockout victories.
Had two children, a daughter Joan (baptized as Giovanna Maria) and his son Umberto who became a medical doctor in 1972.

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