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Overview (3)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Nicknames "Irish" Jack O'Halloran
The Giant
Height 6' 6" (1.98 m)

Mini Bio (1)

"Irish" Jack O'Halloran was a rated heavyweight boxing contender in the middle 60's & early 70's. The 6'6" native of Runnemede, New Jersey, was considered one of boxing's most promising heavyweight hopefuls after he remained undefeated in his first 16 professional matches. O'Halloran went on to defeat former title contenders Cleveland Williams, Terry Daniels, Manuel Ramos and Danny McAlinden. In 1972 he won the California state heavyweight championship with a victory over Henry Clark. Scoring an upset victory over eighth-ranked Al "Blue" Lewis in 1973, O'Halloran was on the verge of a bout with Muhammad Ali when he was shockingly knocked out by Jimmy Summerville in Miami Beach, Florida. Even though he knocked out Summerville in the rematch, O'Halloran was never in contention again. He retired in 1974, because of a tumor of the pituitary gland, with a record of 34-21-2 with 17 knockout victories. He lost to future heavyweight champions George Foreman and Ken Norton. He achieved World ranking for several years and was the California Heavyweight Champion in 1972 & 73. He was also inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Following his retirement he launched a successful career as a character actor in such films as Farewell, My Lovely (1975), King Kong (1976), Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), The Baltimore Bullet (1980), Hero and the Terror (1988), Dragnet (1987) and more. He is a published author with Family Legacy.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Trivia (8)

Former professional boxer fighting out of Boston, MA
It was his idea for his character in the Superman movies to be mute.
Says that the reaction he gets most often from Superman fans when they meet him is "My God he can talk!" even though he had a speaking role in Dragnet (1987).
Displayed superhuman strength in big-box office films, notably Superman II, and dim-bulbed henchmen in others (Farewell, My Lovely).
A boxing contender in the heavyweight division from 1966-1974, he beat Danny McAlindon via an eight-round decision in one match; he lost to George Foreman in five rounds in another. Illness forced his retirement in 1974. He won 34 heavyweight bouts and at one time was the world's 10th-ranked heavyweight fighter.
Was considered to play the role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) before Richard Kiel got the part. Had he gotten the role, it would have been the first of two times he played a mute, with Superman II (1980) being the second.
In his last professional boxing match in 1974, he was knocked out in 6 rounds by Howard Smith in a bid for the California State Heavyweight Championship.
Stated that fans often confuse him with Richard Kiel, due to the similarity in their celebrated roles, height and facial features.

Personal Quotes (3)

I wasn't pleased at all. Lester was never rude to me, but I didn't like his attitude toward filmmaking. Lester had his way of making movies, God bless him, but to me, he was nowhere near as professional as Donner. Donner was a pro who knew his job and did his homework. Superman II is a great movie, but it would have been better if they went with the Donner version. [on the dismissal of Superman director Richard Donner and subsequent hiring of Richard Lester during production of Superman II]
I didn't really like Christopher Reeve, we didn't really get on. I thought he was a bit of an asshole. But, when he got hurt, my heart went out to him and I've seen the courage he gave people. And that was magic. So he did do something with his life that was kind of good and for that, I give him a lot of credit. I can't be a hypocrite, I'm not going to say we were best friends and all that shit, because we weren't.
Christopher was all right. But he wasn't one of my favorite people. He was a 170 pound skinny kid and I gave David Prowse, a good guy, some suggestions on how to build him up. But after he built him up, Christopher started walking around like a 'serious guy'. We had a couple of confrontations. He was a 28 year old with a 16 year old brain. Christopher was rude to a lot of people, but he didn't dare act that way with me. I had him against the wall one day because of something that he said. Dick(Richard Donner)came running up. "Please, Jack. Don't hit him in the face!" Christopher and I sorted it out. I told him "If you talk about me again, you put 'Mister' in front of my name, sonny. And don't even say "Hello" to me unless I tell you to! We never had another problem, but then I never really rapped with him after that. I didn't care for him. I'm not trying to knock a dead guy, and I empathize with what he went through after the accident. I give him credit from the time that he got hurt, though he did many things that helped many people. That was magic and he conducted himself brilliantly. For that I give him five stars. I applaud him for how he helped people. They asked me to come when he got his star on Hollywood Boulevard, but what could I say? I'm not going to be a hypocrite. We weren't the best of friends - some people liked him, some didn't.

Salary (1)

Farewell, My Lovely (1975) $3,000 a week

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