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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 2 January 1969Gravette, Arkansas, USA
Date of Death 1 September 2013Omaha, Nebraska, USA  (complications from HIV)
Birth NameTommy David Morrison
Nickname The Duke
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

He's a heavyweight professional boxer from Jay, Oklahoma, who made national news Thursday, Feb. 15, 1996, when he announced that he is HIV positive. He was suspended from worldwide boxing when he tested positive prior to a boxing match against Arthur Weathers in Las Vegas. He said he plans to pursue AIDS awareness activities.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (3)

Dawn Gilbert (17 September 2001 - 2007) (divorced) (1 child)
Dawn Gilbert (17 September 1996 - 1998) (annulled) (1 child)
Dawn Freeman (18 May 1996 - 2000) (divorced)

Trivia (16)

He has claimed to be the great-nephew of John Wayne.
He won the WBO Boxing Championship from George Foreman in 1993. He lost the championship to Michael Bentt in 1994.
In 1989, Morrison had 19 wins, 15 by knockout. Among the fighters he had beaten were former Mike Tyson opponents Lorenzo Boyd, Dave Jaco and Lorenzo Canady, as well as former George Foreman opponents Steve Zouski and Ken Lakusta.
He won three fights in 1995, before meeting Razor Ruddock for the IBC Heavyweight Championship.
A huge Elvis Presley fan.
In 1988, his senior year, he won the Kansas City Golden Gloves. In the Olympic trials, he advanced to the finals and lost to Army Sergeant Ray Mercer, eight years his senior.
Seeing the Sylvester Stallone classic, Rocky (1976), was what really inspired him to go pro with his boxing.
In 1988, he won the Kansas City, Mo., Golden Gloves, advanced to the National Gloves in Omaha and got invited to the western Olympic trials. He came up short in Concord, Calif., where he lost a split decision to heavyweight Ray Mercer, who went on to win a gold medal in Seoul.
Originally aspired to be an actor, but with all the boxers in his family going on at that time, his mother pressured him to try out for the Golden Gloves. He won. He was 25-0 before he realized that boxing was something he wanted to do full-time.
Always wanted to act, but fell into boxing because of his mother's wishes. There was so much success in the family with boxing that she encouraged him to compete.
Made an extremely brief cameo in the film, They Live (1988), in 1988.
Since 2006, he has claimed that his HIV test was a false positive.
From the age of 13 to 19 Tommy entered every tough man contest he could. Winning 49 fights out of the 50 he participated in. During this time starting in December of 1976 he also was fighting amateur boxing matches. In 1980 he also won the Jr. Olympics. He continued this until 1988 where his total of amateur fights was 242 with an impressive amount of wins which was 222 with only 20 losses.
Father of 4 sons.
Making a boxing comeback. [February 2007]
Currently lives in Sparta, Tennessee, where he is writing his autobiography. [May 2006]

Personal Quotes (2)

(On boxing): "It was a life changing experience. Very interesting and something I look forward to doing again. Acting is a different challenge."
[on how he sexually-contracted HIV]: "Wilt Chamberlain had nothing on me. Infidelity was one of my biggest battles in life. I couldn't overcome it. It probably helped my first marriage crumble".

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