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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 6 March 1972Newark, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameShaquille Rashaun O'Neal
Nicknames Superman
Shaq
Diesel
The Big Aristotle
Height 7' 1" (2.16 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Shaquille O'Neal is regarded as one of the most dominant athletes and arguably the most gregarious personality in sports history. He wrote an autobiography (Shaq Talks Back), preserves an online presence for his fan base and produced a number of albums (Biological Didn't Bother, Shaq-Fu: Da Return, etc.), and starred in select movies (Steel (1997), Kazaam (1996), Blue Chips (1994)). He has played for 4 NBA teams: the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat, the Phoenix Suns, and currently the Cleveland Cavaliers.

O'Neal graduated from Louisiana State University and is the only current NBA player with an MBA (Master of Business Administration). Shaq is also one of the few NBA players in history to reach the NBA Finals with three different teams. His charisma on and off the court helped create a worldwide reputation as "Godfather of the NBA."

As a result of his father's influence and military background, Shaq has made public service a priority in his life, ranging from donations to charities and organizations across the country to working as a reserve police officer in Los Angeles, Miami, and Phoenix. He intends to pursue a career in politics and/or sports ownership upon retiring from the NBA.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Yaniv Malariv

Spouse (1)

Shaunie O'Neal (26 December 2002 - 2010) (divorced) (4 children)

Trade Mark (5)

The catchphrase, "Shaq Attaq"
Making comical remarks in press conferences
Pretends to not know any big-name players
Towering height
Not good at free throws.

Trivia (45)

Although he left Louisiana State University for the NBA after his junior year, he returned to LSU and, in 2000, graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in general studies and a minor in political science. He has since earned two graduate degrees: a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2005 and a Doctor of Education with a concentration in organizational learning and leadership from Barry University in 2012.
After leading the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals in 1995 (where they lost to the Houston Rockets), he led the Los Angeles Lakers to three consecutive Finals wins in 2000-02 (winning the award for Finals Most Valuable Player all three times) and the Miami Heat to one in 2006.
NBA Most Valuable Player, 2000.
NBA All-Star Game MVP, 2000, 2004, and 2009.
Olympic Gold Medal with the U.S. basketball team, 1996.
Played 19 years in the NBA, for the Orlando Magic (1992-96), Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2004), Miami Heat (2004-08), Phoenix Suns (2008-09), Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-10), and Boston Celtics (2010-11).
A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
O'Neal and teammate Kobe Bryant engaged in a feud over shot attempts that lasted for several weeks. Following a 115-78 loss to the Phoenix Suns in December 2000, in which Bryant outscored him, 38-18, O'Neal asked to be traded; Los Angeles Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak ignored the request.
Scored 10,000th career point. (10 February 1998)
Signed the then-richest contract in sports history, a seven-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $120 million. (18 July 1996)
When he was five years old, his mother had to carry his birth certificate with her to prove to bus drivers that he was not eight or nine years old because he was so tall.
Children: Daughter Taahirah (b. 18 July 1996) by ex-girlfriend Arnetta Yardbourgh. With wife Shaunie Nelson has son Shareef Rashaun (11 Jan 00), daughter Amirah Sanaa, son Shaquir Rashaun (born at 1:52am, 19 April 03), and daughter Me'arah Sanaa (born 8lbs 1 oz,21 inches long at 4:57am, 1 May06) in Miami.

Nelson has son Myles from a previous relationship.
The West Coast Choppers "El Diablo" motorcycle built for him by Monster Garage (2002) host and West Coast Choppers owner Jesse James, was considered, at the time, one of the largest custom motorcycles ever built. The machine was painstakingly tailored for Shaq's huge frame, and features black-and-gold variations on the "Superman" theme, which Shaq has adopted as his quasi-trademark. According to James, Shaq commented, upon delivery of the bike, that it was the first vehicle that ever made him feel "normal-sized."
Son Shaquir Rashaun O'Neal born at 1:52 AM in Los Angeles. It is the 3rd child for O'Neal and his bride, Shaunie Nelson (19 April 2003)
Cousin of comedian Bill Bellamy and Kristen Bellamy.
Played on the Lakers with Karl Malone, Luke Walton, and Kobe Bryant.
Spent part of his childhood in West Germany and San Antonio, Texas, due to father Phillip Harrison's career in the Army Reserve.
Father, Phillip Harrison, is retired from the U. S. Air Force, where he served as a basic-training drill sergeant.
Wants to serve as a police officer when his playing days are over. He has been sworn in as a reserve officer with the Los Angeles Police Department (while with the Lakers) and the Miami Beach Police Department (while with the Heat).
Was sworn in as an officer of the Bedford County, Virginia Sherriff's Office in August, 2005. He was involved in the "Blue Ridge Thunder" program, an operation aimed at deterring and catching on-line predators to minors.
Favorite film is The Godfather (1972).
Daughter, Me'arah Sanaa O'Neal, born at 4:57 a.m. on 1 May 2006 in Miami. She weighed 8lbs., 1 oz., and was 21 inches long.
Had his sixth child with his wife, Shaunie O'Neal, on the same day as his rival, Kobe Bryant, had his second child with wife Vanessa Laine Bryant.
Lives with his family on Star Island in Miami.
Was appointed as a Honorary Special Deputy U.S. Marshal during the announcement that he would serve as the national spokesperson for the Safe Surfin' Foundation. [March 2005]
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $32 million.
In 2004, he had a fortune estimated at $222 million.
Is a fan of professional wrestling.
He was elected into the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to Sports.
He is a fan of the DC Comics character, "Superman", and starred in the film adaptation of Steel (1997), AKA: "John Henry Irons", an ally of Superman.
Visited the Shaolin Temple in China in 2009 and gave the abbot a pair of his shoes, as a gift.
Starting center for the NBA champion, Miami Heat. He and teammate, Dwyane Wade led the team to a 4-2 series win over the Dallas Mavericks. [June 2006]
Starting center for LA Lakers [January 2002]
Co-host, with Ben Stein, of an infomercial for Comcast's Digital Internet. [2009]
(February 6) Traded to the Phoenix Suns for Shawn Marion. [2008]
Traded from Miami to the Phoenix Suns for forward Shawn Marion and guard 'Marcus Banks'. [February 2008]
Signed a two-year, $2.8 million deal with the Boston Celtics. [August 2010]
In addition to playing for the Lakers, also serves as a Reserve Police Officer, Los Angeles Port Police.
Spent the summer recording a new rap CD, titled "Hot in Here Part Five." Though his rap and film careers have been failures to date, O'Neal plans to resurrect both now that he is back playing for a Florida-based NBA team. [September 2004]
Traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. [June 2009]
Served as the grand marshal for the IndyCar Bombardier Learjet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway. [June 2009]
(July 14) Traded by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Miami Heat for Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, and a first-round draft pick. [2004]
Is a registered Republican.
His preferred jersey number is 33, after his idol Patrick Ewing. He had to settle for #32 in Orlando, Miami, and Phoenix, #34 in Los Angeles, and #36 in Boston because #33 was either used by another player or retired. He only got to wear #33 in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

Personal Quotes (2)

[When asked whether he had visited the Parthenon during his trip to Greece:] "I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to."
[2012, on Kazaam (1996)] I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie. Someone said, "Hey, here's $7 million, come in and do this genie movie." What am I going to say, no? So I did it.

Salary (1)

Kazaam (1996) $7,000,000

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