George Foreman

George Foreman

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1949-01-10 (72 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Marshall, Texas,SUA

22 Movies · 24 TV shows

Biography

George Edward Foreman (born January 10, 1949) is an American former professional boxer, entrepreneur, minister and author. As a professional boxer, he was nicknamed "Big George" and competed between 1969 and 1997. He is a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. As an entrepreneur, he is known for the George Foreman Grill.After a troubled childhood, Foreman took up amateur boxing and won a gold medal in the heavyweight division at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Having turned professional the next year, he won the world heavyweight title with a stunning second-round knockout of then-undefeated Joe Frazier in 1973. He defended the belt twice before suffering his first professional loss, to Muhammad Ali in the iconic Rumble in the Jungle in 1974. Unable to secure another title opportunity, Foreman retired after a loss to Jimmy Young in 1977.Following what he referred to as a religious epiphany, Foreman became an ordained Christian minister. Ten years later he announced a comeback, and in 1994 at age 45 won the unified WBA, IBF, and lineal heavyweight championship titles by knocking out 26-year-old Michael Moorer. He dropped the WBA belt rather than face his mandatory title defense soon after, and following a single IBF title defense on June 28, 1995, Foreman renounced his title– the last major belt he ever held. He was 46 years and 169 days old, becoming the oldest world heavyweight champion in history. Foreman is the oldest to ever win the world heavyweight boxing championship, and the second-oldest in any weight class after Bernard Hopkins (at light heavyweight). He retired in 1997 at the age of 48, with a final record of 76 wins (68 knockouts) and 5 losses.Foreman has been ranked by BoxRec among the world's 10 best heavyweights 17 times, the third most in history, reaching his career-high ranking of No.2 at the conclusion of 1972, 1973 and 1974. His fights against Joe Frazier and Ken Norton in 1973 and 1974 received a 5-Star rating from BoxRec. Foreman has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and International Boxing Hall of Fame. The International Boxing Research Organization rates Foreman as the eighth-greatest heavyweight of all time. In 2002, he was named one of the 25 greatest fighters of the past 80 years by The Ring. The Ring ranked him as the ninth-greatest puncher of all time. He was a ringside analyst for HBO's boxing coverage for 12 years until 2004. Outside boxing, he is a successful entrepreneur and known for his promotion of the George Foreman Grill, which has sold more than 100 million units worldwide. In 1999, he sold the commercial rights to the grill for $138 million.

Personal Life

Foreman has been married to Mary Joan Martelly since 1985. He had four previous marriages: to Adrienne Calhoun from 1971 to 1974, Cynthia Lewis from 1977 to 1979, Sharon Goodson from 1981 to 1982, and Andrea Skeete from 1982 to 1985.Foreman has 12 children: five sons and seven daughters. His five sons are George Jr., George III ("Monk"), George IV ("Big Wheel"), George V ("Red"), and George VI ("Little Joey"). On his website, Foreman explains, "I named all my sons George Edward Foreman so they would always have something in common. I say to them, 'If one of us goes up, then we all go up together, and if one goes down, we all go down together!'" As with his father, George III has pursued a career in boxing and entrepreneurship. George IV appeared on the second season of the reality television series American Grit, where he placed seventh.His seven daughters are Natalia, Leola, Freeda, Michi, Georgetta, Isabella, and Courtney. Natalia and Leola are from his marriage to Mary Joan Martelly. His daughters from separate relationships were Freeda, Michi, and Georgetta. He adopted a daughter, Isabella Brandie Lilja (Foreman), in 2009, and another, Courtney Isaac (Foreman), in 2012. Freeda had a 5–1 record as a pro boxer, retired in 2001, and died in 2019 at age 42 in an apparent suicide. Isabella Foreman lives in Sweden, where she has blogged since 2010 under the name of BellaNeutella.In recognition of Foreman's patriotism and community service, the American Legion honored him with its James V. Day "Good Guy" Award during its 95th National Convention in 2013.

Early Life

George Foreman was born in Marshall, Texas. He grew up in the Fifth Ward community of Houston, Texas, with six siblings. Although he was raised by J. D. Foreman, whom his mother had married when George was a small child, his biological father was Leroy Moorehead. By his own admission in his autobiography, George was a troubled youth. He dropped out of school at the age of 15 and spent time as a mugger. At age 16, Foreman had a change of heart and convinced his mother to sign him up for the Job Corps after seeing an ad for the Corps on TV. As part of the Job Corps, Foreman earned his GED and trained to become a carpenter and bricklayer. After moving to Pleasanton, California, with the help of a supervisor, he began to train. Foreman was interested in football and idolized Jim Brown, but gave it up for boxing.

Movies & TV shows

2019.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Africa Rising

Africa Rising

2019
How African artists have spread African culture all over the world, especially music, since the harsh years of decolonization, trying to offer a nicer portrait of this amazing continent, historically ...
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What's My Name | Muhammad Ali

What's My Name | Muhammad Ali

2019
Ali had recordings of his own voice. The two-part documentary paints an intimate portrait of a man who was a beacon of hope and a symbol of humanity and understanding in his later years.

2017.

1 Movie
Foreman

Foreman

2017
Cast as America’s Villain in the famed Rumble in the Jungle against Muhammad Ali, George Foreman lost one of the greatest fights in sports history. Immediately after the defeat, "Big George" fell into...

2016.

1 TV show
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Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

2016
This hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy/reality show follows cultural icons Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman on their greatest adventure yet. Four national treasures d...

2015.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight

Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight

2015
When Dana White took over the UFC in 2001, one of his first tasks was to find undiscovered talent to sign to the UFC. White hasn't scouted talent in person for over a decade - but with childhood frien...
Chasing Tyson

Chasing Tyson

2015
With his outsized personality and ferocious punches, Mike Tyson cast a commanding shadow over boxing in the 1980s and ’90s. Meanwhile, Evander Holyfield endured years of delay for the opportunity to t...

2014.

1 Movie
I Am Ali

I Am Ali

2014
Access to Muhammad Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.

2011.

1 Movie
The Real Rocky

The Real Rocky

2011
Chuck Wepner is from New Jersey. He was abused by Sonny Liston, got his nose broken by Muhammad Ali, and inspired the movie "Rocky" which won three Academy Awards. After being left out of the "Rocky" ...

2010.

1 Movie
The Fighter

The Fighter

5.67
2010
Boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly bein...

2009.

2 Movies
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

6.09
2009
Now that the exhibit friends are in the archives, the museum night watchman has to help. Amelia Earhart, Abe Lincoln and Ivan the Terrible are some of the people Larry has encountered.
Facing Ali

Facing Ali

2009
Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.

2008.

1 TV show
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Family Foreman

Family Foreman

2008
Family Foreman is an American reality television series starring former heavyweight boxing champion and "grillionaire" George Foreman and his family. The show premiered on TV Land on July 16, 2008, ai...

2006.

2 TV shows
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Gameshow Marathon

Gameshow Marathon

2006
Game$how Marathon is an American television program which aired on CBS from May 31, 2006 to June 29, 2006. It is based on the UK series Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon which aired on ITV in 2005. The s...
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American Inventor

American Inventor

2006
American Inventor was a reality television series based on a competition to be named America's best inventor. It was conceived by UK entrepreneur Peter Jones, who appears on the British version of the...

2005.

1 Movie
Cinderella Man: The James J. Braddock Story

Cinderella Man: The James J. Braddock Story

2005
The real story of James J is this one. During the dark days of the depression, the undersized prizefighter who made an unlikely run at the title, raised the spirits of the entire nation. This document...

2004.

1 TV show
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The Tony Danza Show

The Tony Danza Show

2004
The Tony Danza Show was a daytime variety talk show that premiered on September 13, 2004 in syndication and was distributed by Buena Vista Television.

2003.

1 TV show
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Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.

2002.

1 Movie
The Documented Life and Times of Muhammad Ali - The Greatest

The Documented Life and Times of Muhammad Ali - The Greatest

2002
Charting the life and times of Muhammad Ali, this documentary begins in Louisville, Kentucky, the birthplace of the future World Heavyweight champion and follows his career from his first amateur figh...

2001.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

2001
Jonathan Ross's take on current topics of conversation, guest interviews and live music from both a guest music group and the house band.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Carlos Hernandez

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Carlos Hernandez

2001
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (130 lbs) beat Carlos Hernandez (129 lbs) by UD in round 12 of 12 on 2001 May 26 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

2000.

1 Movie
Champions Forever - World Heavyweight Champs!

Champions Forever - World Heavyweight Champs!

2000
Previously unseen footage, seeing and hearing the champions interviewed and talking to each other at a private dinner party hosted by baseball’s legendary great, Reggie Jackson. Ali, Frazier, Foreman...

1999.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Fists of Freedom: The Story of the '68 Summer Games

Fists of Freedom: The Story of the '68 Summer Games

1999
Fists of Freedom examines one of the 20th century’s most memorable moments — the dramatic “Black Power” demonstration of American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the victory stand at the 196...
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TV Total

TV Total

1999
A floating interview stage can be moved from one studio corner to another on TV total, a German late-night television comedy talk show. Before Craig Ferguson's The Late Late Show, the show featured bu...
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The Early Show

The Early Show

1999
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Muhammad Ali - The Greatest Collection

Muhammad Ali - The Greatest Collection

1999
Ali's greatest fights in full length with original microphone 1. I Shook Up the World: Clay vs. Liston (1964) 2. Rumble in the Jungle: Ali vs. Foreman (1974) 3. Thrilla in Manila: Ali vs. Frazier III ...

1997.

1 TV show
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King of the Hill

King of the Hill

6.33
1997
The life of propane salesman Hank Hill, who lives with his overly confident substitute Spanish teacher wife, wannabe comedian son Bobby, and naive niece Luanne, is the subject of an animated series. H...

1996.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
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The Rosie O'Donnell Show

The Rosie O'Donnell Show

3.93
1996
The Rosie O'Donnell Show was an American daytime television talk show hosted and produced by actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell. It aired for six seasons from 1996 to 2002. Topics often discussed on...
Muhammad Ali The Whole Story

Muhammad Ali The Whole Story

1996
Muhammad Ali. He is known as the most thrilling athlete of all time... he is known as The Greatest. The remarkable story of how he became one of the most loved, hated, intriguing, and controversial fi...
When We Were Kings

When We Were Kings

2
1996
It's 1974. Many people think Muhammad Ali is past his prime. George is ten years older than the champion of the world. Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million d...

1995.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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The Frank Skinner Show

The Frank Skinner Show

1995
The Frank Skinner Show was a television chat show hosted by comedian Frank Skinner, which lasted nine series on British television between 1995 and 2005. As well as celebrity interviews, the shows in...
Kings of The Ring - History of Heavyweight Boxing 1919-1990

Kings of The Ring - History of Heavyweight Boxing 1919-1990

1995
"Kings of the Ring - History of Heavyweight Boxing 1919-1990" celebrates boxing's marquee division. It begins with Jess Willard's victory over Jack Johnson in Cuba and goes through the Mike Tyson era....

1993.

2 TV shows
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Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
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George

George

1993

1992.

1 TV show
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

5.75
1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was hosted by Jay Leno from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. Three days after Johnny Carson's retirement as host of the Tonight Sho...

1991.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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Home Improvement

Home Improvement

7
1991
Tim Taylor is raising three boys with help from his domineering wife and unseen neighbor.
Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman

Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman

1991
Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman, billed as "The Battle of the Ages", was a professional boxing match contested on April 19, 1991 for the WBA, WBC, IBF and Lineal Heavyweight championships.

1989.

1 Movie
Champions Forever

Champions Forever

1989
No other film has the sweeping review of Ali's greatest fights, the legendary fight footage, and the real time relevant comments and conversations with the men who made him "The Greatest." Muhammad Al...

1982.

1 TV show
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Wogan

Wogan

1982
Wogan is a British television chat show

1979.

1 TV show
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CBS News Sunday Morning

CBS News Sunday Morning

1979
The bright notes of a trumpet fanfare and the familiar logo of the sun alert viewers that it's time for CBS's Sunday morning staple. Charles Osgood spent 22 years on the job. The performing arts are t...

1975.

1 TV show
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Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

1974.

1 Movie
The Rumble in the Jungle: George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali

The Rumble in the Jungle: George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali

1974
The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974. Held at the 20th of May Stadium (now the Stade Tata Raphaël), it pit...

1972.

1 TV show
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Sanford and Son

Sanford and Son

10
1972
The adventures of a father and son.

1971.

1 TV show
TV
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

6
1971
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is an American variety show starring Cher and her husband, Sonny Bono. The show ran on CBS in the US. The show was canceled in 1974 due to the couple's divorce, but the du...

1969.

1 Movie
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

1969
Universally accepted as a true icon of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali’s phenomenal achievements spanned sport, politics and religion. One man – photographer William Klein had comprehensive access to t...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Dawgtown

Dawgtown

A competitor in a pit-fighting organization leads a revolt in a very dangerous break for freedom.
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