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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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 1933 The Prizefighter and the Lady
Jess Willard - Ex-Heavyweight Champion (uncredited)
 1919 The Challenge of Chance
Joe Bates
 1915 The Heart Punch (Short)
Jess Willard
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 1919 Willard-Dempsey Boxing Contest (Documentary)
 1916 Willard-Johnson Boxing Match (Documentary)
 1916 Willard-Moran Fight (Documentary short)
 1916 Animated Weekly, No. 13 (Documentary short)
 1916 Animated Weekly, No. 9 (Documentary short)
 1915 Willard-Johnson, World's Championship Fight (Documentary)
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 2000 Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing (TV Movie documentary)
 1999 The Sweet Science (TV Series documentary)
 1977 Knockout (Documentary)
 1976 ABC's Wide World of Sports (TV Series)
- Episode dated 14 February 1976 (1976) ... Himself
 1970 Jack Johnson (Documentary)
 1968 Legendary Champions (Documentary)
 1954 They Were Champions (Documentary short)
 1941 The Great American Broadcast
Himself - Prizefighter (uncredited)

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Jess Myron Willard


6' 6½" (1.99 m)

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In the months leading up to his legendary fight with Jack Johnson, Johnson ran his mouth about how he was going to destroy Willard, someone he considered to be a joke of a fighter. However, Willard got the last laugh when he literally knocked Johnson out cold in the 26th round (The longest ever prizefight under Queensberry rules). When later asked why he didn't respond with insults back at ... See more »


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