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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 27 November 1935New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date of Death 6 December 1997New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Birth NameWilfred Raleigh Pastrano
Nickname Willie the Wisp
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Willie Pastrano was born in Miami, Florida, but raised in the New Orlean's FrenchQuarter. A local shoe-shine boy, Pastrano took up boxing because he was "The fattest 15 year old in town". With no amateur experience, he turned pro in 1951. He racked up an impressive 58-11 record before winning the World Lightheavyweight Boxing Championship from Harold Johnson on Jun.1, 1963. Pastrano retired from boxing in 1965 following his title loss to Jose Torres. He became a spokesperson for a local South Florida milk company and than went into the movies at the urging of his friend singer Steve Alaimo.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Spouse (1)

Faye (1953 - ?) (5 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Fancy footwork
Defensive wizard

Trivia (12)

Pastrano was boxing's light-heavyweight champion of the world from 1963-1965.
Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1988.
Trained for a comeback in the late 1960s and early 70s, but never fought.
Good friend of actor/singer/producer Steve Alaimo.
Made two successful title defenses.
Defeated Harold Johnson for the World Lightheavyweight Title.
Boxed light-heavyweight Champion and Boxing-Hall-of-Famer Archie Moore to a draw.
In 1963 was in the insurance business with former welterweight contender Bobby Dykes.
He had four sons and a daughter. John was born in 1955, Frank in 1959, Nicholas in 1960, Angelo in 1962, and Donna in 1957.
Defeated heavyweight contenders Dick Richardson, Joe Bygraves, Brian London and Joe Erskine.
A reported comeback in Puerto Rico in the late 1960s proved false, as another fighter was using his name.
In the 1960s became a spokesperson for a local South Florida Milk Company.

Personal Quotes (1)

A day and a half after winning the world's title Pastrano said, "I want to see the kids. I also have to sell some insurance."

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