Don King

Don King

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1931-08-20 (89 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

14 Movies · 10 TV shows

Biography

Donald King (born August 20, 1931) was an American boxing promoter known for his involvement in historic boxing matchups. He has been a controversial figure, partly due to a manslaughter conviction and civil cases against him.King's career highlights include, among multiple other enterprises, promoting "The Rumble in the Jungle" and the "Thrilla in Manila". King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Tomasz Adamek, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Chris Byrd, John Ruiz, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Azumah Nelson, and Marco Antonio Barrera. Some of these boxers sued him for allegedly defrauding them. Most of the lawsuits were settled out of court. King has been charged with killing two people in incidents 13 years apart. In 1954, King shot a man in the back after spotting him trying to rob one of his gambling houses; this incident was ruled a justifiable homicide. In 1967, King was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for stomping one of his employees to death. For this, he served three years and eleven months in prison.

Personal Life

Don King's wife, Henrietta, died on December 2, 2010, at the age of 87. He has one biological daughter, Debbie, and two adopted sons, Carl and Eric, and five grandchildren. King is politically active and supported Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. During the previous election, he had made media appearances promoting George W. Bush, which had included attendance at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.On June 10, 1987, King was made a Mason-on-Sight by Grand Master Odes J. Kyle Jr. of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio; thereby making him a Prince Hall Freemason. The following year he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane letters degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, by University President Dr. Arthur E. Thomas.King has conducted an annual turkey giveaway each Christmas for several years, in which he distributes two thousand free turkeys to needy South Floridians.

Early Life

King was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended school and graduated from John Adams High in 1951. After dropping out of Kent State University, he ran an illegal bookmaking operation out of the basement of a record store on Kinsman Road, and was charged with killing two men in incidents 13 years apart. The first was determined to be justifiable homicide after it was found that King shot Hillary Brown in the back and killed him while he was attempting to rob one of King's gambling houses in 1954. In 1967, King was convicted of second degree murder for the second killing after he was found guilty of stomping to death an employee, Sam Garrett, who owed him $600. He served his term at the Marion Correctional Institution, while there he began self-education, according to his own words, he read everything in the prison library he could get his hands on.King was pardoned in 1983 by Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes, with letters from Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, George Voinovich, Art Modell, and Gabe Paul, among others, being written in support of King.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 Movie
The Real Michael Jackson

The Real Michael Jackson

2020
Jacques Peretti goes back to Jackson's beginnings to chart his rise and fall and look for clues that could have been missed.

2015.

2 Movies
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...
The Making of Trump

The Making of Trump

2015
As every day of Donald Trump's presidential campaign seemingly generates new headlines, this two-hour special examines the increasingly polarizing candidate's past. Included is rarely seen footage fro...

2011.

3 Movies
The After Party: The Last Party 3

The After Party: The Last Party 3

2011
A film about a cinematographer caught in a mass arrest. His film crew's videotape of the incident leads to a civil rights lawsuit, the discovery of a police spy ring and his own investigation into the...
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" ...
Klitschko

Klitschko

2011
Klitschko tells the captivating story of the boxing worlds most famous brothers: Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. From the socialist drill of their childhood in the Ukraine, and their first successes as...

2008.

2 Movies
Soul Power

Soul Power

2008
Soul Power is a 2008 documentary film about the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa which accompanied the Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight boxing championship match between Muhammad Ali and George For...
Tyson

Tyson

2008
James Toback takes an uncompromising look at the life of Mike Tyson. Tyson alternates between the controversial boxer addressing the camera and shots of the champion's fights to create an arresting pi...

2003.

1 TV show
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.

1998.

1 Movie
B.B. King: Live In Africa '74

B.B. King: Live In Africa '74

1998
In 1974, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman held their heavyweight title fight in Zaire, billing it as the "Rumble in the Jungle". A three-day music festival was staged concurrently, and B.B. King was th...

1997.

1 Movie
The Devil's Advocate

The Devil's Advocate

7.09
1997
Kevin is working at a New York law firm. When the stakes get higher, Kevin learns that his boss has something worse in the works.

1996.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

5.67
1996
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are discussed by The World's Fakest News Team.
TV
Ruby Wax Meets

Ruby Wax Meets

1996
A series of celebrity portraits with Ruby Wax.
TV
Arliss

Arliss

1996
A behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous, big-money world of professional sports following L.A. Arliss Michaels has an inability to say no to clients and employees.
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...

1993.

1 Movie
Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson

Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson

1993
Barbara Kopple made the film Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson. Though Tyson was in jail serving a sentence for rape, Kopple used existing interviews with the boxer, as well as her own exte...

1990.

1 TV show
TV
Blossom

Blossom

6
1990
There was a sitcom on NBC from 1991 to 1995. Mayim Bialik was a teenager living with her father and two brothers. Reo's Impact Zone produced it.

1987.

1 Movie
Heaven

Heaven

1987
People's beliefs about the possibility of an afterlife are the subject of a series of interviews. The interviews are filmed against a strange backdrop and intercut with clips from classic films and st...

1985.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Moonlighting

Moonlighting

5.99
1985
After being deceived and going bankrupt, model Maddie is convinced by David to become a partner in a detective agency. They solve cases together.
Head Office

Head Office

1985
In this comic, a senator's son moves up the corporate ladder. A woman is leading a protest against the company's shady business practices. "Saturday Night Live" has a writer named Michael O'Donoghue.

1984.

1 TV show
TV
Miami Vice

Miami Vice

7
1984
The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end prostitution was centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny and Tubbs, who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug...

1982.

1 TV show
TV
Knight Rider

Knight Rider

6.72
1982
Michael Long, an undercover police officer, was left for dead by his attackers after he was shot while investigating a case. He is rescued by a wealthy, dying millionaire and inventor named Michael Kn...

1978.

1 TV show
TV
An Audience with...

An Audience with...

1978
There is an audience with you. A British entertainment television show is produced by London Weekend Television, in which a host, usually a singer or comedian, performs for an invited audience of cele...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
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 ...
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