April 8, 1943 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Occupation||Boxer, Actor, Fitter|
O'Halloran was born in Philadelphia and lived in Runnemede, New Jersey. Fighting as "Irish" Jack O'Halloran out of Boston, he was a heavyweight boxing contender active from 1966 to 1974. The 6-foot, 6-inch O'Halloran was undefeated throughout his first 16 professional fights.
During his career, O'Halloran defeated former title contenders Cleveland Williams and Manuel Ramos. He also defeated Danny McAlinden who won the bronze medal for boxing at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica and later became the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion. O'Halloran's losses included defeats to Joe Bugner, Ron Lyle, and future heavyweight champions George Foreman and Ken Norton.
In 1973, O'Halloran was close to attaining a match against Muhammad Ali when he was knocked out by Jimmy Summerville. This ended his chances to fight Ali. Although O'Halloran went on to defeat Summerville by K.O. in a rematch, with only three more wins and five losses he was never again a serious heavyweight contender.
The California Boxing Hall of Fame has listed O'Halloran as one of its inductees of the 2009 HOF class.
Retiring from boxing in 1974 with a record of 34-21-2 (17 knockout victories), O'Halloran turned to a career as an actor. He first won the role of ex-convict Moose Malloy in the 1975 film Farewell, My Lovely, featuring Robert Mitchum as private eye Philip Marlowe.
Superman film series
This led to other tough "henchmen" style roles which culminated in the role he is best known for, Non, the menacing-but-mute member of the trio of Kryptonian supervillains banished to the Phantom Zone by Jor-El (Marlon Brando) in Superman (1978) and inadvertently released by Superman in Superman II (1980).
O'Halloran once stated in an interview that it was his idea to make Non a childlike character, having difficulty adjusting to his newfound powers and making sounds in the absence of voice. O'Halloran criticized Alexander and Ilya Salkind, the producers of the Superman films, for their mishandling of the franchise, believing that their firing of director Donner was a huge blow to the series and the cause of its downturn in quality, a sentiment that was shared by Gene Hackman, who refused to reprise his Lex Luthor role in the third film, and Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane.
In an interview with Starlog Magazine in 2006, O'Halloran stated that he and Christopher Reeve did not get along during the making of Superman II. On one occasion, he had Reeve against a wall, but Richard Donner intervened and dissuaded him from hitting Reeve. (He also later discussed this incident on the How Did This Get Made? podcast's Episode 24.1.) Despite the clash between them, O'Halloran stated that his heart went out to Reeve after his 1995 accident, and commended him for helping others with spinal cord injuries.
Other acting roles
Professional boxing record
|34 Wins (17 knockouts, 17 decisions), 21 Losses (8 knockouts, 13 decisions), 2 Draws |
|Loss||10-1||Howard "KO" Smith||KO||6||16/08/1974||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego||California Heavyweight Title. O'Halloran knocked out at 2:36 of the sixth round.|
|Win||10-5||Koroseta Kid||TKO||9||12/07/1974||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego||Referee stopped the bout at 1:28 of the ninth round.|
|Win||5-4-1||Danny Lee||PTS||10||06/06/1974||Bronco Bowl, Dallas|
|Loss||20-4-1||Larry Middleton||KO||9||05/12/1973||Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore|
|Loss||2-3||Koli Vailea||PTS||10||31/10/1973||Las Vegas|
|Loss||26-2||Boone Kirkman||UD||10||12/07/1973||Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle||94-97, 95-97, 97-98.|
|Loss||7-1||Howard "KO" Smith||PTS||10||08/06/1973||San Diego|
|Win||7-8-1||Charlie Reno||UD||12||16/05/1973||Stockton, California||California Heavyweight Title. 9-1, 12-1, 10-0.|
|Win||6-2-4||Jimmy Summerville||TKO||7||24/04/1973||Miami Beach, Florida|
|Loss||5-2-4||Jimmy Summerville||KO||9||20/03/1973||Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida|
|Win||5-8-1||Big Roby Harris||KO||5||08/11/1972||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego||California Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||14-2-1||Rahman Ali||KO||8||13/09/1972||San Diego|
|Win||25-6-3||Henry Clark||PTS||12||09/08/1972||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego||California Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||2-6||Vic Scott||TKO||3||14/07/1972||San Diego|
|Loss||24-6-3||Henry Clark||UD||10||16/06/1972||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego||2-5, 3-4, 3-4.|
|Win||35-10-1||Fred "Airman" Lewis||PTS||10||25/05/1972||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego|
|Win||14-10-1||Steve Grant||KO||3||12/04/1972||San Diego|
|Loss||24-1||Ken Norton||UD||10||17/03/1972||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego|
|Win||8-14-1||Charlie "Emperor" Harris||PTS||10||01/02/1972||Houston|
|Win||26-3-1||Terry Daniels||TKO||4||24/08/1971||Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston|
|Loss||17-0-1||Ron Stander||UD||10||29/07/1971||Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska||95-100, 94-99, 95-98.|
|Loss||17-4||Johnny "70's" Griffin||UD||10||29/06/1971||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland|
|Loss||54-10||Jack Bodell||KO||4||24/02/1971||Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands|
|Loss||11-0||Dave Matthews||UD||10||14/09/1970||Akron Armory, Akron, Ohio|
|Win||11-0||Danny McAlinden||PTS||8||06/07/1970||Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London|
|Loss||30-6-1||José "King" Roman||PTS||10||25/05/1970||Tampa, Florida|
|Loss||23-0||Mac Foster||KO||1||09/04/1970||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles||O'Halloran knocked out at 2:58 of the first round.|
|Loss||14-0||George Foreman||KO||5||26/01/1970||Madison Square Garden, New York City||O'Halloran knocked out at 1:10 of the fifth round.|
|Win||22-8-2||Manuel "Pulgarcito" Ramos||KO||7||17/10/1969||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Draw||5-0-1||Jimmy Richards||PTS||8||04/10/1969||Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng|
|Loss||27-1-1||Al "Goulds Terror" Jones||TKO||3||19/08/1969||Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida|
|Win||30-4||Carl Gizzi||PTS||10||07/07/1969||Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London||49.5-48.5.|
|Loss||24-5-1||"Irish" Tony Doyle||PTS||10||28/05/1969||Las Vegas|
|Loss||15-1||Joe Bugner||PTS||8||15/04/1969||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London||39.25-39.5.|
|Win||1-4||Bobby Lee Hines||TKO||2||27/03/1969||Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts|
|Loss||18-5-1||José "King" Roman||PTS||10||15/03/1969||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Loss||4-3-1||Charlie "Emperor" Harris||PTS||8||06/09/1968||Scranton, Pennsylvania|
|Win||8-10-1||Mike Bruce||KO||7||23/04/1968||Walpole, Massachusetts|
|Win||8-6-2||Charley Polite||TKO||7||26/03/1968||Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts|
|Win||5-8||Buddy Moore||KO||3||15/11/1967||Scranton, Pennsylvania|
|Win||0-1||Richard Benjamin||PTS||6||02/10/1967||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||1-2||Bobby Lee Hines||KO||4||31/08/1967||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||1-1||Bobby Lee Hines||KO||6||24/07/1967||Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts|
|Win||1-0||Tommy Sheehan||PTS||4||19/07/1967||Madison Square Garden, New York City|
|Win||7-6-1||Mike Bruce||PTS||6||05/06/1967||Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts|
|Win||1-1||Tommy Clark||UD||6||15/05/1967||Boston Arena, Boston|
|Draw||3-1||Roosevelt Eddie||PTS||4||09/05/1967||Boston Arena, Boston|
|Win||--||Danny Swears||PTS||4||02/05/1967||Boston Arena, Boston|
|Win||1-0||Hal Moffett||UD||4||18/04/1967||Boston Arena, Boston|
|Win||5-4||Woody Goss||PTS||4||06/03/1967||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||5-3||Woody Goss||PTS||4||22/11/1966||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||--||Bob Hazelton||TKO||1||10/10/1966||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||--||Joe Pinto||TKO||1||22/09/1966||Reading Municipal Stadium, Reading, Pennsylvania||Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the first round.|
- "Jack O'Halloran". The New York Times.
- Macnow, Glen; and Graham, Big Daddy. The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists, p. 64. Running Press, 2007. ISBN 9780762432745. Accessed February 26, 2015. "Jack O'Halloran. Back in the 1960s, Irish Jack was a six-foot-six heavyweight contender out of Runnemede, N.J.,who battled future heavyweight champs George Foreman and Ken Norton."
- Jack O'Halloran - Biography
- Boxer Jack O'Halloran
- Yagoda, Ben (1987-07-02). "He's Been Big, Bad And Now, Beautiful Jack O'halloran, Last Seen As A Nasty In 'Dragnet,' Is Changing His Image". Philadelphia Daily News.
- Starlog, July 2006, p. 34
- "Long Beach movie studio at old Boeing plant in jeopard". Associated press. 2009-03-10.
- "Former Long Beach factory to be movie studio". Associated Press. 2009-10-11.
- O'Halloran, Jack (2011). Family Legacy. MP Publishing. ISBN 1-84982-106-2.