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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 13 May 1914Lafayette, Alabama, USA
Date of Death 12 April 1981Las Vegas, Nevada, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameJoseph Louis Barrow
Nicknames The Brown Bomber
Chappy
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joe Louis is considered by many fistic experts and fans as the greatest Heavyweight Boxing Champion in the sport's history. Born into a poor family, Joe Louis's mother felt the only way her son could escape poverty was through music. She bought him a violin and sent him off daily to lessons. On his way there, young Joe would pass by a boxing gym. In no time, he was working out at the gym, training for a boxing career. His amateur career started off disastrously, as he was knocked-out down 16 times in losing the fight. However, he was determined to continue and posted an outstanding amateur career with only 5 defeats in 60 fights. He turned professional and quickly racked up one of the most impressive winning streaks in boxing history. He was nicknamed, The Brown Bomber, and became the first boxer to defeat six heavyweight champions (Primo Carnera, Max Baer, Jack Sharkey, Jimmy Braddock, Max Schmeling, and Jersey Joe Walcott). After winning the championship, he held it almost 12 years to set a record, plus set another record with 25 successful title defenses. He retired with a 60-1 record, only to make an unsuccessful and very sad comeback at the age of 37. While champion, Joe Louis volunteered to join the U.S. Army at the height of his career. He made two title defenses in which he donated his entire purses to relief funds to help both the Army and the Navy. He spent almost five years in the service and boxed hundreds of exhibitions. However, after the war, he was hounded by the Internal Revenue Service to pay back taxes on the purses he had donated. He suffered terribly through this ordeal. and soon found himself broke. He launched a "controversial" pro-wrestling career and was undefeated in some 20 matches before retiring with a heart problem. He was helped by his good friend Frank Sinatra and acted in a few films, worked as a host in Las Vegas, and made numerous appearances for boxing. He died a few years after suffering a massive stroke. Joe Louis was buried with full-military honors, and it was said that he was "most" proud of his European-African-Middle Eastern Medal and his Victory Medal World War II. In or out of the ring, Joe Louis was a Champion.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Spouse (3)

Martha Jefferson (17 March 1959 - 12 April 1981) (his death)
Rose Morgan (25 December 1955 - 1958) (divorced)
Marva Trotter (24 September 1935 - 27 March 1945) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (19)

Born at 8:00 a.m. CST.
World Heavyweight boxing champion, 1937-1949. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 1990.
His reign as heavyweight champion (12 years) is a boxing record that stands in all weight divisions. He fought so many bad opponents that they were dubbed the "Bum of the Month" tour.
Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1980.
Pictured on a 29¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Sports series, issued 22 June 1993.
The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, is named after him.
Has a daughter, Jacquelin (b. 1943), with Marva.
Because Louis had been down on his luck in his last years and had died in poverty, his funeral was paid for by his most famous rival (and later friend), German boxer Max Schmeling.
Biography in "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives," Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 512-515, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
Portrayed by Bernie Casey in Ring of Passion (1978) and Coley Wallace in The Joe Louis Story (1953) and Raging Bull (1980).
Buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Americans tend to pronounce Louis's second name - "Lewis" - whereas Europeans tend to pronounce it "Loo-e." Curiously enough, Louis Armstrong is universally referred to as "Loo-e" Armstrong even though, in one of the lines in the lyrics to Armstrong's classic, "Hello Dolly," one can clearly hear Armstrong sing, "Hello Dolly, this is "Lewis" Dolly...".
One of his grandmothers was a Native American.
Is played by Leonard Roberts, who gained nearly 20 lbs. for the role, in Joe and Max (2002).
He was a student of mail order physical culture trainer, Charles Atlas, and a graduate of his course.
Served in the U.S. Army in World War II, attaining the rank of Sergeant in a special services unit.
Took the ring name of Joe Louis when his full birth name of Joe Louis Barrow wouldn't fit in the space allotted on the application for license as prize fighter .
Was allowed to continue his boxing while serving in the Army. He was able to continue defending his World's Heavyweight Championship during those years; he maintained to hold onto the Championship Belt from 1937-49.
He fought several championship bouts where he donated his share of the purse (winnings) to both Army and Naval relief services. However the Internal Revenue Service didn't credit him with charitable contribution. This led to Income Tax problems for years This injustice was later rectified by an Act of Congress; forgiving the Champ of all outstanding liabilities.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on America's involvement in World War II] We will win because God is on our side.
I don't like money actually, but it quiets my nerves.
[on being multi-racial] I'm mostly black and I'm proud of that

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