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Lou Nova (1913–1991)

Lou Nova was a World Amateur Boxing Champion. Undefeated in his first 22 pro boxing matches. Knocked out former heavyweight champion Max Baer twice. Ended Baer's career in second fight by fracturing his Adam's Apple. Noted for his "Cosmic" Punch. Was badly injured in his fight with "Two Ton" Tony Galento. After this fight spent time in the ... See full bio »

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 1968 Blackbeard's Ghost
 1967 The Happiest Millionaire
Bill O'Brien (uncredited)
 1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie
Cruncher (uncredited)
 1965 Get Smart (TV Series)
- Our Man in Toyland (1965) ... Gorcheck
 1965 Diamond Jim: Skulduggery in Samantha (TV Movie)
 1964 What a Way to Go!
 1964 The New Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
- Take Her, She's Tall (1964) ... Bailey
 1963 Bonanza (TV Series)
Diner Patron
- The Last Haircut (1963) ... Diner Patron (uncredited)
 1960 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
Jackson Springs Bartender
- Backtrack (1960) ... Jackson Springs Bartender
 1960 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
- The Fix (1960) ... Bluey
 1958 Rendezvous (TV Series)
 1956 The Leather Saint
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Wild Luke's Boy (1954)
 1954 Prince Valiant
Captain of the Guards (uncredited)
 1954 World for Ransom
 1954 Hopalong Cassidy (TV Series)
Jim Woods
- The Renegade Press (1954) ... Jim Woods
 1954 The Joe Palooka Story (TV Series)
'Big Boy' Metz
- Two Rings for Eddie ... 'Big Boy' Metz
 1954 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Mr. Cooper
- Riley Teaches Junior Boxing (1954) ... Mr. Cooper
 1953 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
- Gallagher (1953)
 1953 Clipped Wings
Tough Air Policeman
 1953 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Quiz Show Enforcer-Quiz Show Sketch
- Quiz Show Winner (1953) ... Quiz Show Enforcer-Quiz Show Sketch
 1953 Boston Blackie (TV Series)
- The Alibi (1953)
 1953 Salome
John's Executioner (uncredited)
 1953 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- Island of Stone (1953)
 1953 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
- Killer's Wife (1953) ... Butch
 1952 Terry and the Pirates (TV Series)
Sailor Jenks
- Boxer's Rebellion ... Sailor Jenks
 1952 Biff Baker, U.S.A. (TV Series)
- Koblen (1952)
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1952 Space Patrol (TV Series)
- The Black Gauntlet (1952) ... Igor
 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)
2nd Muscleman
- Desperate Money (1952) ... 2nd Muscleman
 1951 Double Dynamite
Max - Hood in Santa Claus Suit (uncredited)
 1951 Westward the Women
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1951 The Tall Target
Zouave Sergeant (uncredited)
 1951 Half Angel
Fighter (scenes deleted)
 1951 The Red Badge of Courage
Veteran (uncredited)
 1951 Inside Straight
 1950 Where the Sidewalk Ends
Ernie, Scalise Hood (uncredited)
 1949 Cowboy and the Prizefighter
Bull Mason (the Prizefighter) (as Lou Nova the Prize Fighter)
 1949 Fighting Man of the Plains
Rowdy Cowboy at Dance (uncredited)
 1947 Love and Learn
 1947 Calendar Girl
 1946 Somewhere in the Night
 1946 Joe Palooka, Champ
Al Costa
 1943 Swing Fever
Kid Mandell
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Lou Nova the Prize Fighter


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Inducted into the Sacramento (California) City College Athletic Hall of Fame, 1999. See more »


Known for his "Cosmic" Punch

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