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Joe Kirkwood Jr. (1920–2006)

Best remembered as strapping comic strip boxer Joe Palooka on screen in the late 1940s and early 1950s, fair-haired, amiable-looking, exceedingly athletic Joe Kirkwood, Jr. may have been the son of renowned professional golfer and trick artist Joe Kirkwood, but he was actually born Reginald Thomas Kirkwood on May 30, 1920 in Melbourne, Australia, ... See full bio »

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 1954 The Joe Palooka Story (TV Series) (associate producer - 4 episodes)
- A Turkey for Terry (1954) ... (associate producer - as Joe Kirkwood)
- The Last Fight (1954) ... (associate producer)
- The Big Blow-Off (1954) ... (associate producer)
- Two Rings for Eddie ... (associate producer - as Joe Kirkwood)
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 1958 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
- Episode #11.22 (1958) ... Himself (as Joe Kirkwood)
 1949 Erskine Johnson's Hollywood Reel (TV Series)
 1948 All American Swing Stars (Short)

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6' 1" (1.85 m)

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I tried using a double once during one of the films...and the fights just didn't look real. Now I tell the boxers who are cast against me to do their best because I'm ready for them and the better man is going to get the best shots. I don't mind getting knocked out as long as they revive me by waving my paycheck across my face. Achilles might have had his heel, but I've got a glass temple and ... See more »


Born in Australia, he became an American citizen on January 25, 1950. See more »

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