Jack O'Halloran

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For the Australian rules footballer, see Jack O'Halloran (footballer).
Jack O'Halloran
Born (1943-04-08) April 8, 1943 (age 71)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Boxer, Actor, Fitter

Jack O'Halloran (born April 8, 1943) is an American boxer and actor. O'Halloran is best known for such films as Superman: The Movie, Superman II and Dragnet.[1]

Biography[edit]

Boxing[edit]

O'Halloran was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fighting as "Irish" Jack O'Halloran out of Boston, Massachusetts, 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.[2] 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.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Retiring from boxing in 1974 with a record of 34-21-2 (17 knockout victories),[3] 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.

After Farewell, My Lovely O'Halloran was offered other roles, some of which he turned down, including the role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me which went to Richard Kiel.[4]

Superman film series[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[5] (He also later discussed this incident on the How Did This Get Made? podcast's Episode 24.1.)[6] 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.[7]

According to O'Halloran, the reaction he gets most often from fans is "My God, he can talk!".[2] He is also an active participant on his own messageboard on the Internet Movie Database.

Other acting roles[edit]

O'Halloran has also played supporting roles in King Kong (1976), March or Die (1977) and Dragnet (1987), as well as The Baltimore Bullet (1980), Hero and the Terror (1988) and Mob Boss (1990).

Business[edit]

In 2008, O'Halloran announced plans to partner with veteran Hollywood executive Jay Samit to create Long Beach Studios, a chain of film studio facilities throughout the United States.[8][9]

Writing[edit]

In 2010, O'Halloran released Family Legacy. The book also outlines O'Halloran's relationship with his claimed father, a former boss of the Gambino crime family, Albert Anastasia.[10]

Professional boxing record[edit]

34 Wins (17 knockouts, 17 decisions), 21 Losses (8 knockouts, 13 decisions), 2 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 10-1 United States Howard "KO" Smith KO 6 16/08/1974 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California California Heavyweight Title. O'Halloran knocked out at 2:36 of the sixth round.
Win 10-5 Samoa Koroseta Kid TKO 9 12/07/1974 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California Referee stopped the bout at 1:28 of the ninth round.
Win 5-4-1 United States Danny Lee PTS 10 06/06/1974 United States Bronco Bowl, Dallas, Texas
Loss 20-4-1 United States Larry Middleton KO 9 05/12/1973 United States Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Loss 2-3 Tonga Koli Vailea PTS 10 31/10/1973 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 26-2 United States Boone Kirkman UD 10 12/07/1973 United States Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington 94-97, 95-97, 97-98.
Loss 7-1 United States Howard "KO" Smith PTS 10 08/06/1973 United States San Diego, California
Win 7-8-1 United States Charlie Reno UD 12 16/05/1973 United States Stockton, California California Heavyweight Title. 9-1, 12-1, 10-0.
Win 6-2-4 United States Jimmy Summerville TKO 7 24/04/1973 United States Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 5-2-4 United States Jimmy Summerville KO 9 20/03/1973 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 28-4 United States Alvin Lewis PTS 10 01/03/1973 United States Detroit, Michigan
Win 5-8-1 United States Big Roby Harris KO 5 08/11/1972 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California California Heavyweight Title.
Win 10-12-2 United States Rico Brooks KO 6 28/10/1972 United States Denver, Colorado
Win 14-2-1 United States Rahman Ali KO 8 13/09/1972 United States San Diego, California
Win 25-6-3 United States Henry Clark PTS 12 09/08/1972 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California California Heavyweight Title.
Win 2-6 United States Vic Scott TKO 3 14/07/1972 United States San Diego, California
Loss 24-6-3 United States Henry Clark UD 10 16/06/1972 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California 2-5, 3-4, 3-4.
Win 35-10-1 United States Fred "Airman" Lewis PTS 10 25/05/1972 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California
Win 14-10-1 United States Steve Grant KO 3 12/04/1972 United States San Diego, California
Loss 24-1 United States Ken Norton UD 10 17/03/1972 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California
Win 8-14-1 United States Charlie "Emperor" Harris PTS 10 01/02/1972 United States Houston, Texas
Loss 9-0 United States Ron Lyle KO 4 26/11/1971 United States Denver, Colorado
Win 75-11-1 United States Cleveland Williams SD 10 21/09/1971 United States Houston, Texas
Win 26-3-1 United States Terry Daniels TKO 4 24/08/1971 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas
Loss 17-0-1 United States Ron Stander UD 10 29/07/1971 United States Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska 95-100, 94-99, 95-98.
Loss 17-4 United States Johnny "70's" Griffin UD 10 29/06/1971 United States Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Loss 54-10 United Kingdom Jack Bodell KO 4 24/02/1971 United Kingdom Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Loss 11-0 United States Dave Matthews UD 10 14/09/1970 United States Akron Armory, Akron, Ohio
Win 11-0 Republic of Ireland Danny McAlinden PTS 8 06/07/1970 United Kingdom Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London
Loss 30-6-1 Puerto Rico José "King" Roman PTS 10 25/05/1970 United States Tampa, Florida
Loss 23-0 United States Mac Foster KO 1 09/04/1970 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California O'Halloran knocked out at 2:58 of the first round.
Loss 14-0 United States George Foreman KO 5 26/01/1970 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City O'Halloran knocked out at 1:10 of the fifth round.
Win 22-8-2 Mexico Manuel "Pulgarcito" Ramos KO 7 17/10/1969 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Draw 5-0-1 South Africa Jimmy Richards PTS 8 04/10/1969 South Africa Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Loss 27-1-1 United States Al "Goulds Terror" Jones TKO 3 19/08/1969 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 30-4 Wales Carl Gizzi PTS 10 07/07/1969 United Kingdom Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London 49.5-48.5.
Loss 24-5-1 United States "Irish" Tony Doyle PTS 10 28/05/1969 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 15-1 Australia Joe Bugner PTS 8 15/04/1969 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London 39.25-39.5.
Win 1-4 United States Bobby Lee Hines TKO 2 27/03/1969 United States Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts
Loss 18-5-1 Puerto Rico José "King" Roman PTS 10 15/03/1969 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Loss 4-3-1 United States Charlie "Emperor" Harris PTS 8 06/09/1968 United States Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 8-10-1 United States Mike Bruce KO 7 23/04/1968 United States Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 8-6-2 United States Charley Polite TKO 7 26/03/1968 United States Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 5-8 United States Buddy Moore KO 3 15/11/1967 United States Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 0-1 United States Richard Benjamin PTS 6 02/10/1967 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 1-2 United States Bobby Lee Hines KO 4 31/08/1967 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 1-1 United States Bobby Lee Hines KO 6 24/07/1967 United States Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 1-0 United States Tommy Sheehan PTS 4 19/07/1967 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 7-6-1 United States Mike Bruce PTS 6 05/06/1967 United States Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 1-1 United States Tommy Clark UD 6 15/05/1967 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Draw 3-1 United States Roosevelt Eddie PTS 4 09/05/1967 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win -- United States Danny Swears PTS 4 02/05/1967 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 1-0 United States Hal Moffett UD 4 18/04/1967 United States Boston Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 5-4 United States Woody Goss PTS 4 06/03/1967 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 5-3 United States Woody Goss PTS 4 22/11/1966 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win -- United States Bob Hazelton TKO 1 10/10/1966 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win -- Joe Pinto TKO 1 22/09/1966 United States Reading Municipal Stadium, Reading, Pennsylvania Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the first round.

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