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James J. Corbett (I) (1866–1933)

Considered the originator of modern boxing, Corbett became world heavyweight champ in one of the biggest upsets ever when he embarrassed the 30 pound heavier legend John L. Sullivan (1892). The handsome San Francisco bank clerk immediately had a play written for him ("Gentleman Jack"), and crossed the U.S. performing it. "Gentleman Jim" was also ... See full bio »

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 1930 At the Round Table (Short)
 1929 Happy Days
Interlocutor - Minstrel Show
 1922 The Beauty Shop
 1920 The Prince of Avenue A
Barry O'Connor
 1919 The Midnight Man
Bob Gilmore
 1916 The Other Girl
Frank Sheldon, 'Kid Garvey'
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Also serial 'The Midnight Man' (1919). See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 11 Articles | See more »


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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On 21 May 1891, Corbett fought Peter Jackson, an Australian who couldn't get a fight against the reigning champ, John L. Sullivan, because he was black. The match went 61 rounds before it was declared a no-contest. See more »


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