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||August 16, 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||July 12, 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||June 6, 1974||Bronco Bowl, Dallas|
|Loss||20-4-1||Larry Middleton||KO||9||December 5, 1973||Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore|
|Loss||2-3||Koli Vailea||PTS||10||October 31, 1973||Las Vegas|
|Loss||26-2||Boone Kirkman||UD||10||July 12, 1973||Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle||94-97, 95-97, 97-98.|
|Loss||7-1||Howard "KO" Smith||PTS||10||June 8, 1973||San Diego|
|Win||7-8-1||Charlie Reno||UD||12||May 16, 1973||Stockton, California||California Heavyweight Title. 9-1, 12-1, 10-0.|
|Win||6-2-4||Jimmy Summerville||TKO||7||April 24, 1973||Miami Beach, Florida|
|Loss||5-2-4||Jimmy Summerville||KO||9||March 20, 1973||Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida|
|Win||28-4||Alvin Lewis||PTS||10||March 1, 1973||Detroit|
|Win||5-8-1||Big Roby Harris||KO||5||November 8, 1972||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego||California Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||10-12-2||Rico Brooks||KO||6||October 28, 1972||Denver|
|Win||14-2-1||Rahman Ali||KO||8||September 13, 1972||San Diego|
|Win||25-6-3||Henry Clark||PTS||12||August 9, 1972||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego||California Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||2-6||Vic Scott||TKO||3||July 14, 1972||San Diego|
|Loss||24-6-3||Henry Clark||UD||10||June 16, 1972||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego||2-5, 3-4, 3-4.|
|Win||35-10-1||Fred "Airman" Lewis||PTS||10||May 25, 1972||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego|
|Win||14-10-1||Steve Grant||KO||3||April 12, 1972||San Diego|
|Loss||24-1||Ken Norton||UD||10||March 17, 1972||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego|
|Win||8-14-1||Charlie "Emperor" Harris||PTS||10||February 1, 1972||Houston|
|Loss||9-0||Ron Lyle||KO||4||November 26, 1971||Denver|
|Win||75-11-1||Cleveland Williams||SD||10||September 21, 1971||Houston|
|Win||26-3-1||Terry Daniels||TKO||4||August 24, 1971||Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston|
|Loss||17-0-1||Ron Stander||UD||10||July 29, 1971||Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska||95-100, 94-99, 95-98.|
|Loss||17-4||Johnny "70's" Griffin||UD||10||June 29, 1971||Cleveland Arena, Cleveland|
|Loss||54-10||Jack Bodell||KO||4||February 24, 1971||Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands|
|Loss||11-0||Dave Matthews||UD||10||September 14, 1970||Akron Armory, Akron, Ohio|
|Win||11-0||Danny McAlinden||PTS||8||July 6, 1970||Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London|
|Loss||30-6-1||José "King" Roman||PTS||10||May 25, 1970||Tampa, Florida|
|Loss||23-0||Mac Foster||KO||1||April 9, 1970||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles||O'Halloran knocked out at 2:58 of the first round.|
|Loss||14-0||George Foreman||KO||5||January 26, 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||October 17, 1969||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Draw||5-0-1||Jimmy Richards||PTS||8||October 4, 1969||Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng|
|Loss||27-1-1||Al "Goulds Terror" Jones||TKO||3||August 19, 1969||Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida|
|Win||30-4||Carl Gizzi||PTS||10||July 7, 1969||Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London||49.5-48.5.|
|Loss||24-5-1||"Irish" Tony Doyle||PTS||10||May 28, 1969||Las Vegas|
|Loss||15-1||Joe Bugner||PTS||8||April 15, 1969||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London||39.25-39.5.|
|Win||1-4||Bobby Lee Hines||TKO||2||March 27, 1969||Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts|
|Loss||18-5-1||José "King" Roman||PTS||10||March 15, 1969||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Loss||4-3-1||Charlie "Emperor" Harris||PTS||8||September 6, 1968||Scranton, Pennsylvania|
|Win||8-10-1||Mike Bruce||KO||7||April 23, 1968||Walpole, Massachusetts|
|Win||8-6-2||Charley Polite||TKO||7||March 26, 1968||Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts|
|Win||5-8||Buddy Moore||KO||3||November 15, 1967||Scranton, Pennsylvania|
|Win||0-1||Richard Benjamin||PTS||6||October 2, 1967||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||1-2||Bobby Lee Hines||KO||4||August 31, 1967||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||1-1||Bobby Lee Hines||KO||6||July 24, 1967||Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts|
|Win||1-0||Tommy Sheehan||PTS||4||July 19, 1967||Madison Square Garden, New York City|
|Win||7-6-1||Mike Bruce||PTS||6||June 5, 1967||Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts|
|Win||1-1||Tommy Clark||UD||6||May 15, 1967||Boston Arena, Boston|
|Draw||3-1||Roosevelt Eddie||PTS||4||May 9, 1967||Boston Arena, Boston|
|Win||--||Danny Swears||PTS||4||May 2, 1967||Boston Arena, Boston|
|Win||1-0||Hal Moffett||UD||4||April 18, 1967||Boston Arena, Boston|
|Win||5-4||Woody Goss||PTS||4||March 6, 1967||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||5-3||Woody Goss||PTS||4||November 22, 1966||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||--||Bob Hazelton||TKO||1||October 10, 1966||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||--||Joe Pinto||TKO||1||September 22, 1966||Reading Municipal Stadium, Reading, Pennsylvania||Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the first round.|
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- 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
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- Starlog, July 2006, p. 34
- "Long Beach movie studio at old Boeing plant in jeopard". Associated press. March 10, 2009.
- "Former Long Beach factory to be movie studio". Associated Press. October 11, 2009.
- O'Halloran, Jack (2011). Family Legacy. MP Publishing. ISBN 1-84982-106-2.