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Pancho González (I) (1928–1995)

Champion professional tennis player Pancho Gonzales was born Richard Alonzo Gonzales in Los Angeles, California, on May 9, 1928. He began playing tennis at age 12, and--except for a few tips given to him by a friend in high school--never had a tennis lesson in his life. By age 15 he was the top-ranked player in the boys' division in California. He ... See full bio »


(age 67) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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The Steve Allen Plymouth Show Himself - Tennis Star


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 1977 The Goodbye Girl
Mugger (as Poncho Gonzalez)
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 1979 Players (tennis choreographer)
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 1997 Kings of the Court (Video)
Himself (as Pancho Gonzales)
 1988 History of Tennis (TV Movie documentary)
 1979 Players
Himself (as Pancho Gonzalez)
 1976 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Himself - Tennis Pro
- Episode #15.200 (1976) ... Himself - Tennis Pro
 1974 The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series)
 1971 Once Upon a Wheel (Documentary)
 1970 The Dick Cavett Show (TV Series)
- Episode dated 13 July 1970 (1970) ... Himself
 1970 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
- Episode dated 20 January 1970 (1970) ... Himself
 1969 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
- Episode #4.48 (1969) ... Himself
- Episode #4.42 (1969) ... Himself
 1969 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.30 (1969) ... Himself
 1969 Roar of the Crowd (TV Series)
- Game, Set and Cash (1969) ... Himself (as Pancho Gonzales)
 1961 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- The Bob Hope Buick Sports Awards Show (1961) ... Himself - Guest
 1961 The Annual National Sports Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Winner
 1961 The National Sports Awards (TV Special)
Himself - Winner
 1955 You Bet Your Life (TV Series)
Himself - Tennis Star
- Episode #6.12 (1955) ... Himself - Tennis Star
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 2013 The Battle of the Sexes (Documentary)

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Alternate Names:

Pancho Gonzales | Pancho Gonzalez | Poncho Gonzalez


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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I'm just glad Open tennis is here. It's great for the game. That's more important. See more »


The eldest of 7 children. His parents, Manuel Antonio Gonzales and Carmen Alire Gonzales, both migrated from Chihuahua, Mexico to the US in the early 1900's. See more »

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