Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1947-04-17 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Harlem, New York City, New York, USA

39 Movies · 37 TV shows

Also Known As: Lew Alcindor · Lewis Alcindor · Lewis Ferdinand Alcindor · Kareem Abdul-Jabaar · كريم عبدالجبار

Biography

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.; April 16, 1947) is an American former professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. A member of six NBA championship teams as a player and two more as an assistant coach, Abdul-Jabbar twice was voted NBA Finals MVP. In 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. NBA coach Pat Riley and players Isiah Thomas and Julius Erving have called him the greatest basketball player of all time.After winning 71 consecutive basketball games on his high school team in New York City, Alcindor was recruited by Jerry Norman, the assistant coach of UCLA, where he played for coach John Wooden on three consecutive national championship teams and was a record three-time MVP of the NCAA Tournament. Drafted with the first overall pick by the one-season-old Bucks franchise in the 1969 NBA draft, Alcindor spent six seasons in Milwaukee. After leading the Bucks to its first NBA championship at age 24 in 1971, he took the Muslim name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Using his trademark "skyhook" shot, he established himself as one of the league's top scorers. In 1975, he was traded to the Lakers, with whom he played the final 14 seasons of his career and won five additional NBA championships. Abdul-Jabbar's contributions were a key component in the "Showtime" era of Lakers basketball. Over his 20-year NBA career, his teams succeeded in making the playoffs 18 times and got past the first round 14 times; his teams reached the NBA Finals on 10 occasions.At the time of his retirement at age 42 in 1989, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA's all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played (1,560), minutes played (57,446), field goals made (15,837), field goal attempts (28,307), blocked shots (3,189), defensive rebounds (9,394), career wins (1,074), and personal fouls (4,657). He remains the all-time leader in points scored, field goals made, and career wins. He is ranked third all-time in both rebounds and blocked shots. In 2007, ESPN voted him the greatest center of all time, in 2008, they named him the "greatest player in college basketball history", and in 2016, they named him the second best player in NBA history (behind Michael Jordan). Abdul-Jabbar has also been an actor, a basketball coach, a best-selling author, and a martial artist, having trained in Jeet Kune Do under Bruce Lee and appeared in his film Game of Death (1972). In 2012, Abdul-Jabbar was selected by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be a U.S. global cultural ambassador. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Personal Life

Abdul-Jabbar met Habiba Abdul-Jabbar (born Janice Brown) at a Lakers game during his senior year at UCLA. They eventually married and together had three children: daughters Habiba and Sultana and son Kareem Jr, who played basketball at Western Kentucky after attending Valparaiso. Abdul-Jabbar and Janice divorced in 1978. He has another son, Amir, with Cheryl Pistono. Another son, Adam, made an appearance on the TV sitcom Full House with him.

Early Life

Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. was born in New York City, the only child of Cora Lillian, a department store price checker, and Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Sr., a transit police officer and jazz musician. He grew up in the Dyckman Street projects in the Inwood neighborhood of Upper Manhattan. Alcindor was unusually large and tall from a young age. At birth he weighed 12 lb 11 oz (5.75 kg) and was 22 1⁄2 inches (57 cm) long, and by the age of nine he was already 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) tall. By the eighth grade (age 13–14) he had grown to 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and could already slam dunk a basketball.Alcindor began his record-breaking basketball accomplishments when he was in high school, where he led coach Jack Donohue's Power Memorial Academy team to three straight New York City Catholic championships, a 71-game winning streak, and a 79–2 overall record. This earned him a nickname—"The tower from Power". His 2,067 total points were a New York City high school record. The team won the national high school boys basketball championship when Alcindor was in 10th and 11th grade and was runner-up his senior year. He had a strained relationship in his final year with Donohue after the coach called him the n-word.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
A Choice Of Weapons: Inspired By Gordon Parks

A Choice Of Weapons: Inspired By Gordon Parks

2021
Gordon Parks has a stellar career from staff photographer for LIFE magazine through his artistic development photographing everyday Americans and his evolution as a novelist.

2020.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
DAVE

DAVE

2020
A man in his 20s believes he will be one of the best rappers of all time. With the help of his friends, he might be able to convince the world.
John Bronco

John Bronco

2020
The unbelievable story of the rise, fall and ultimate redemption of the legendary pitchman for the Ford Bronco.
Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution

Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution

2020
Black heroism in the American Revolutionary War is chronicled in a documentary.
Be Water

Be Water

2020
In 1971, after being rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to his parents’ homeland of Hong Kong to complete four iconic films. Charting his struggles between two worlds, this portrait explores qu...

2019.

1 Movie
Game of Death Redux

Game of Death Redux

2019
Hai Tien, a retired martial artist, is confronted by a underground Korean gang to retrieve an item in a five-level pagoda under the guard of skilled martial artists. When he refuses, his sister and br...

2016.

2 TV shows
TV
To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth

2016
The classic game show is not the same as a modern one. Each round, a celebrity panel will be presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or ach...
TV
O.J.: Made in America

O.J.: Made in America

2016
The rise and fall of American football star, O.J. Simpson, from his days growing up in Los Angeles to his murder trial that polarized the country.

2015.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Celebrity Family Feud

Celebrity Family Feud

2015
Celebrity Family Feud pits celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to questions posed to 100 people.
TV
StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

2015
Neil deGrasse Tyson brings together celebrities, scientists and comedians to explore a variety of cosmic topics and collide pop culture with science in a way that late-night television has never seen ...
Kobe Bryant's Muse

Kobe Bryant's Muse

2015
Documentary that goes behind the stats to reveal the story of Kobe Bryant's basketball career, exploring the mentorships, allies and rivalries that have helped shape his stellar 18-year tenure in the ...
Kareem: Minority of One

Kareem: Minority of One

2015
The NBA's all-time leading scorer is the subject of a documentary. The film looks at his controversial and landmark moments, his outspoken feelings about race and politics, and the evolution of the ga...

2012.

1 TV show
TV
Good Mythical Morning

Good Mythical Morning

2012
A daily dose of comedy is provided by them.

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
New Girl

New Girl

6.06
2011
Jessica Day is an offbeat and adorable girl in her late 20s who, after a bad break up, moves in with three single guys. Even though she is Goofy, Jess still has faith in people. Even though she's awkw...
On the Shoulders of Giants

On the Shoulders of Giants

2011
The story of the Harlem Rens: the greatest basketball team you never heard of.

2010.

1 Movie
The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

2010
“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs? Seriously, who? Because we’re looking for those p...

2009.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

7.75
2009
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show that featured Conan O'Brien as host from June 1, 2009 to January 22, 2010 as part of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise. ...
Kobe Doin' Work

Kobe Doin' Work

2009
A documentary about Kobe Bryant during the 2008 NBA playoffs.
How Bruce Lee Changed the World

How Bruce Lee Changed the World

2009
The film explores Bruce Lee's global impact to see how he has influenced all areas of popular culture including fitness, cinema, music, sport, dance, video games and philosophy. Shannon Lee goes back ...

2008.

2 Movies
Yes We Can

Yes We Can

2008
Yes We Can (2008) Video 5 min - Short | Music - 2 February 2008 (USA)
The Black List: Volume One

The Black List: Volume One

2008
As a new chapter begins in this country, The Black List offers a dynamic and never-before-heard perspective from people of color. This series of inspired and inspiring observations on African-American...

2007.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory

6.96
2007
The sitcom is centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard...
Weapons

Weapons

2007
Weapons presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America, and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated.
Los Angeles Lakers: 1984-1985 NBA Champions Return To Glory

Los Angeles Lakers: 1984-1985 NBA Champions Return To Glory

2007
Led by Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, relive the return to glory as the Los Angeles Lakers take on Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in a legendary 1984-85 NBA Finals match up. Avengi...
I Tried

I Tried

2007
What if Bone Thugs didn't get to try out for Eazy E? What would they have done? The tale tells the story of Krayzie, Layzie and Wish and the saga that could've happened if they never got the chance to...

2006.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Whitepaddy

Whitepaddy

2006
During times of change a White family fall in love with their Black neighbors.
Church Ball

Church Ball

2006
Dennis Buckstead has the hardest calling in his church. Not only has he been asked to coach a group of non-basketball players in his church but the bishop has demanded that he lead the team to the Bas...
TV
The Loop

The Loop

2006
The Loop is an American sitcom that ran from March 15, 2006 to July 1, 2007 on Fox. The show starred Bret Harrison as Sam Sullivan, a young professional trying to balance the needs of his social life ...

2005.

1 TV show
TV
The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report

6.27
2005
The Colbert Report is an American satirical late night television program that airs Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central. It stars political humorist Stephen Colbert, a former correspondent for T...

2004.

2 TV shows
TV
The Celebrity Apprentice

The Celebrity Apprentice

6
2004
The ultimate sixteen-week job interview is where eighteen Americans compete in a series of rigorous business tasks, many of which include prominent Fortune 500 companies and require street smarts and ...
TV
Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

5.81
2004
In the fictional town of Neptune, California, a student named Veronica Mars progresses from high school to college while working as a private investigator under the guidance of her detective father.

2002.

1 TV show
TV
Half & Half

Half & Half

2002
Half & Half is an American sitcom that aired on UPN from September 23, 2002, to May 15, 2006. The show focuses on the lives of two paternal half-sisters in their twenties who were estranged throughout...

2001.

1 TV show
TV
Scrubs

Scrubs

6.72
2001
John "J.D" Dorian learns about medicine, friendship and life in the real world of Sacred Heart Hospital.

2000.

2 Movies
Bruce Lee in G.O.D.

Bruce Lee in G.O.D.

2000
The man is in G.O.D. Game of Death is the subject of a docudrama. Interviews with people associated with the film and a dramitisation of events before Lee dropped filming for Enter the Dragon can be f...
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey

Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey

2000
John Little made a film about Bruce Lee. Little uses interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's last film, Game of Death, to paint a textured, complex portrait of the world'...

1998.

2 Movies
BASEketball

BASEketball

5.52
1998
Two people from Milwaukee invent a game. The Professional Baseketball League is formed when the game becomes a huge success and everyone gets the same pay and no team can change cities. The only team ...
Los Angeles Lakers: '87 The Drive For Five

Los Angeles Lakers: '87 The Drive For Five

1998
The video takes you threw the Lakers run to the 1987 NBA Finals! This video includes Lakers summary threw the regular season. All-Star weekend. Playoffs. And NBA Finals Lakers vs Celtics with the lake...

1996.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault

Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault

1996
A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault, with a lot of factual based occurrences. A reformed junkie returns from prison and devotes the rest of his life to the kids of Harlem. The fir...
TV
Everybody Loves Raymond

Everybody Loves Raymond

6.52
1996
Ray Barone is a successful sports writer who lives on Long Island with his family. That's good news. Frank and Marie, Ray's parents, live across the street and embrace the motto "Su Casa es Mi Casa", ...
TV
Boston Common

Boston Common

1996
Boston Common was on NBC from 1996 to 1997. Anthony Clark was in it. It was one of the 10 highest rated shows in its first season as it ranked 8th in the yearly ratings and was viewed by an average of...
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.
The Journey of the African-American Athlete

The Journey of the African-American Athlete

1996
Documentary feature exploring the rise of African-Americans to positions of greatness in American sports. Stories are told of boxers, tennis players, runners, and basketball players, athletes who eith...

1995.

2 Movies
Slam Dunk Ernest

Slam Dunk Ernest

5.42
1995
Ernest P is a person. An angel gives a basketball player a pair of magic sneakers.
Forget Paris

Forget Paris

1995
Mickey Gordon is going to France to bury his father. Ellen is an American living in Paris. There are many difficult patches in their relationship after they meet and fall in love. The friends are at a...

1994.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
The Stand

The Stand

5.2
1994
After a plague killed most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups, one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being, to face each other in a final ba...
TV
The Critic

The Critic

4.67
1994
The Critic is an American prime time animated series revolving around the life of New York film critic Jay Sherman, voiced by actor Jon Lovitz. It was created by writing partners Al Jean and Mike Reis...
D2: The Mighty Ducks

D2: The Mighty Ducks

5.63
1994
After Gordon Bombay's hockey comeback was cut short, he was named the coach of Team USA Hockey. Bombay needs to regroup if the Ducks are to win the tournament.
The Vernon Johns Story

The Vernon Johns Story

1994
The Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama had an outspoken spiritual leader in 1948. He wanted to fight for equality for all African Americans.

1993.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Matrix

Matrix

1993
A Canadian-produced fantasy/adventure series called Matrix ran for 13 episodes on the USA Network in the United States in 1993. There was a brief revival of interest due to a coincidence.
TV
Saved by the Bell: The New Class

Saved by the Bell: The New Class

1993
The Saved by the Bell series ran from September 11, 1993 to January 8, 2000 The series was part of the Saturday morning line-up on NBC. The fourth incarnation of the franchise featured a new group of ...
The Curse of the Dragon

The Curse of the Dragon

1993
There is a film about Bruce Lee. Interviews with his fellow students and opponents are included in the film.

1992.

1 TV show
TV
Martin

Martin

6
1992
Martin is an American sitcom produced by HBO Independent Productions that aired for five seasons, from August 27, 1992 to May 1, 1997 on Fox. The show is both titled after and stars actor-comedian Mar...

1990.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

6.69
1990
Will, a street-smart teenager, moves from the tough streets of West Philly to posh Bel- Air to live with his Uncle Philip, Aunt Vivian, and their sophisticated British butler. Will finds himself at ho...
The Best of Martial Arts Films

The Best of Martial Arts Films

1990
The most intense barehanded combat has ever been filmed. There is a video of martial arts. One of the most popular genres in the world today is martial arts films, and this program takes a behind-the-...

1989.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Hoodwinked

Hoodwinked

1989
Burnt-out private dick Jacob Aloysius Spanner teams up with his brother to help an old adversary track down his one remaining loved one, his kidnapped granddaughter. But who's the hood and who's being...
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.22
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...
Troop Beverly Hills

Troop Beverly Hills

1989
In the middle of a divorce, a Beverly Hills housewife takes over her daughter's troop.
Detroit Pistons: 1988-1989 NBA Champions - Motor City Madness

Detroit Pistons: 1988-1989 NBA Champions - Motor City Madness

1989
The 1989 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1988–89 National Basketball Association (NBA) season, and the conclusion of the 1989 NBA Playoffs. The series was a rematch of the previous year's...

1987.

3 TV shows
TV
21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

8
1987
21 Jump Street is about a group of young cops who use their youthful appearance to go undercover and solve crimes involving teenagers and young adults.
TV
Bustin' Loose

Bustin' Loose

1987
Bustin' Loose is an American situation comedy that was loosely based on the 1981 film of the same name starring Richard Pryor. The series premiered in first-run syndication in 1987 and lasted for only...
TV
Full House

Full House

6.57
1987
After the death of his wife, Danny enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters, D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle.

1986.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Amen

Amen

6
1986
Amen was on NBC from 1986 to 1991. Amen is set in Sherman Hemsley's hometown of Philadelphia and was part of a wave of successful sitcoms on NBC in the 1980s which featured entirely or almost-entirely...
Ask Max

Ask Max

1986
A 12-year-old genius, poor Max is a washout socially. To impress his girlfriend, he sells the design of his latest invention-a jumping bike-to a major toy company.

1985.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Stingray

Stingray

1985
Ray is an enigmatic adventurer with no traceable past who travels from place to place fighting crime and helping people in trouble. He refuses to be paid for his services; however, those seeking his a...
Fletch

Fletch

4.75
1985
An investigative reporter goes undercover to write a story about the drug trade at a local beach and is offered $50,000 to kill him by a wealthy businessman. With sarcastic wit and a knack for disguis...

1984.

1 TV show
TV
Tales from the Darkside

Tales from the Darkside

5.38
1984
George A created Tales from the Darkside. Each episode had a twist. The episodes ranged from horror, science fiction, and fantasy to black comedy and more lighthearted themes.

1980.

1 Movie
Airplane!

Airplane!

5.58
1980
The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an air...

1979.

2 Movies
The Visitor

The Visitor

1979
An ancient warrior arrives on Earth to stop a demonic child's plan to reproduce Satan's next generation of evil.
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

1979
The Pittsburgh basketball team is hopeless. Maybe with the aid of an astrologer, and some new astrologically compatible players, they can become winners.

1978.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Diff'rent Strokes

Diff'rent Strokes

6.23
1978
The series stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two African American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman named Phillip and his daught...
Game of Death

Game of Death

6
1978
A martial arts movie star has to fake his death to find out who is trying to kill him.

1977.

1 TV show
TV
Man from Atlantis

Man from Atlantis

6
1977
Mark Harris is a survivor of the Atlantis.

1972.

1 TV show
TV
Emergency!

Emergency!

7
1972
Emergency! is an American television series that combines the medical drama and action-adventure genres. It was produced by Mark VII Limited and distributed by Universal Studios. It debuted as a midse...

1967.

1 TV show
TV
Mannix

Mannix

6.38
1967
Mannix ran on CBS. Joe Mannix is a private investigator. A man is playing him. Mannix was Desilu Production's last series.

1953.

1 TV show
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is honored. A copy of the Oscar statuette is given to the various category winners. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was where the first awards were held.

Unknown Year.

1 TV show
TV
Identity

Identity

Identity is a game show hosted by Penn Jillette and produced by Reveille where contestants could win a prize money of up to US$500,000 by matching 12 strangers one-by-one to phrases about their identi...
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