Jake LaMotta

Italian-american Boxer
Hometown The Bronx
Height 5' 7'' (1.7m)
Nationality American
Other Names The Bronx Bull

Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta, nicknamed "The Bronx Bull" and "The Raging Bull", was an American professional boxer and former World Middleweight Champion. He was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film Raging Bull.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jake LaMotta.


1921 Birth LaMotta was born to an Italian father and Jewish mother in the Bronx, New York City in 1921. … Read More


1941 19 Years Old In 1941, at the age of 19, LaMotta turned professional. … Read More


1942 20 Years Old LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson in Robinson's middleweight debut at Madison Square Garden, New York, October 2, 1942. … Read More
1945 23 Years Old LaMotta and Robinson had their fifth bout at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois on September 26, 1945. … Read More
1947 25 Years Old On November 14, 1947, LaMotta was knocked out in four rounds by Billy Fox. … Read More
1949 27 Years Old LaMotta won the world title on June 16, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, defeating Frenchman Marcel Cerdan. … Read More
1950 28 Years Old 1 More Event
LaMotta made his first title defense against Tiberio Mitri on July 7, 1950 at Madison Square Garden, New York. … Read More


1952 30 Years Old On December 31, 1952, LaMotta had his next fight against Danny Nardico. … Read More
1958 37 Years Old After retirement, LaMotta owned and managed bars, and became a stage actor and stand-up comedian. In 1958 he was arrested and charged with introducing men to an underage girl at a club he owned in Miami. … Read More
1960 39 Years Old In 1960, LaMotta was called to testify before a U.S. Senate sub-committee that was looking into underworld influence on boxing. … Read More


1970 49 Years Old Hollywood executives approached LaMotta with the idea of a movie about his life, based on his 1970 memoir Raging Bull: My Story. The film, Raging Bull, released in 1980, was initially only a minor box office success, but eventually became a huge critical success both for director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro, who gained about 60 pounds during the shooting of the film to play the older LaMotta in later scenes. … Read More


1998 77 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 1998, LaMotta's elder son, Jake LaMotta, Jr., died of liver cancer.
2001 80 Years Old His nephew, John LaMotta, fought in the heavyweight-novice class of the 2001 Golden Gloves championship tournament. … Read More
On 2 June 2012 he was taken ill at a signing event in the UK, but was later discharged from hospital in a safe condition.
2013 92 Years Old LaMotta married a seventh wife, his longtime fiancée Denise Baker, on January 4, 2013. … Read More
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