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Wilt Chamberlain (1936–1999)

Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Olivia Ruth (Johnson), a domestic worker, and William Chamberlain, a welder, custodian, and handyman. Wilt didn't come from a race of giants as many thought. Both his parents were no bigger than 5-9, but as a young boy he began a growth spurt which would eventually stop when he ... See full bio »

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Mid 1970's: Miller Lite commercial with Ted Cassidy, who played a bartender. See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

7' 1" (2.16 m)
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Personal Quote:

Nobody roots for Goliath.

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Wilt and Bill Russell became friends when they became superstars in the late 1950s, but the relationship ended for a long time when Russell wrongly assumed Wilt had ducked out of Game 7 of the 1969 NBA Finals. In reality, Wilt had left for medical treatment when his knee was slammed into, and Lakers coach Butch van Breda Kolff told Wilt they didn't need him to go back into the game (which Los ... See more »

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A Gentle Giant

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The Big Dipper

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