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Jess Willard (I) (1881–1968)

Boxer Jess Willard went down in history for three things: being the tallest world's heavyweight champion in history until Primo Carnera wrested that title from him; losing his championship belt to Jack Dempsey in a controversial title bout that saw him knocked down seven times in the first round, leading to rumors that Dempsey had "loaded" his ... See full bio »

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 1915 The Heart Punch (Short)
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 1933 The Prizefighter and the Lady
Himself - Ex-Heavyweight Champion (uncredited)
 1919 Willard-Dempsey Boxing Contest (Documentary)
Himself
 1916 Willard-Johnson Boxing Match (Documentary)
 1916 Animated Weekly, No. 13 (Documentary short)
Himself
 1916 Animated Weekly, No. 9 (Documentary short)
Himself
 1916 Willard-Moran Fight (Documentary short)
Himself
 1915 Willard-Johnson, World's Championship Fight (Documentary)
Himself
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 2000 Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing (TV Movie documentary)
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 1999 The Sweet Science (TV Series documentary)
Himself
 1977 Knockout (Documentary)
 1976 ABC's Wide World of Sports (TV Series)
Himself
- Episode dated 14 February 1976 (1976) ... Himself
 1970 Jack Johnson (Documentary)
Himself
 1968 Legendary Champions (Documentary)
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 1941 The Great American Broadcast
Himself - Prizefighter (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Jess Myron Willard

Height:

6' 6½" (1.99 m)
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Fought Victor McLaglen circa 1911. Eventually, McLaglen abandoned the ring for acting. Interestingly, in 1909, McLaglen had boxed in an exhibition match against heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, the man Willard beat for the title in 1915. See more »

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The Great White Hope See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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