Jake LaMotta
Italian-American boxer
Jake LaMotta
Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta, nicknamed "The Bronx Bull" and "The Raging Bull," is an Italian-American retired professional boxer and former World Middleweight Champion. He was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film Raging Bull.
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Dear 2016, I'd like a Refund
Huffington Post - about 1 month
What can be said about 2016? It was a year that began with the death of Ziggy Stardust and ended with the keys of the free world being handed over to a bright orange pus-spewing reality TV star. According to Chinese astrology 2016 was the year of the monkey. A cynic would tell you that 2016 was a comic existential farce. An optimist would try and comfort you by saying that at least 2016 wasn't the uneventful mediocrity that 2015 was. And if you asked a layman they would tell you that 2016 was the Year of the Suck It was the year that David Bowie, Prince, Lemmy Kilmister, Leonard Cohen, Merle Haggard and Sharon Jones left us and Justin Bieber came back. It was a year where nobody was safe. Not Carol Brady, Radio Raheem or Willie Wonka. Not Harper Lee or Grizzly Adams. Not Muhammad Ali or Abe Vigoda. In 2016 the grim reaper ran as rampant as Jason Voorhees at a secluded summer camp ripe with oversexed teenagers. The Summer Olympics tried to tow us out of this big muddy o ...
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Canadian PM Trudeau slips from political ring to boxing ring
Yahoo News - 10 months
By Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed off his sparring skills outside the political ring on Thursday, lacing up a pair of boxing gloves for a workout during a trip to New York. Returning to the spotlight that accompanied his White House visit and "bromance" with U.S. President Barack Obama last month, Trudeau donned a red sleeveless top that revealed his large native Haida raven tattoo to spar at Gleason's in Brooklyn, a gym made famous by the likes of Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and "the Raging Bull" Jake LaMotta. With a mix of gym faithful and media members looking on, the 44-year-old Trudeau, who was accused during last year's election campaign of being a political lightweight, spent most of his hour-long workout sparring with professional boxer and former WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman.
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Huffington Post - about 1 year
Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) says a couple of good things to his protégé Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) in Creed. One of them occurs when Adonis is poised in a mirror readying himself to shadowbox. Rocky says, "See that guy staring at you. That's your toughest opponent." The rest of the film is pap and no match for instance for films like The Fighter, David O Russell's portrait of the great Mickey Ward or masterpieces like Requiem for a Heavyweight and Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, which told the story of Jake LaMotta. Here Ryan Coogler, who directed, relies on pat melodrama. Rocky is diagnosed with non Hodgkins lymphoma as young Adonis, who turns out to be the illegitimate son of the legendary Apollo, steps up to the plate against a seasoned opponent, "Pretty" Ricky Conlan (Tony Bellew). Are Rocky and Adonis up for the fight, respectively for and of their lives? But the real question is the fight. You have boxers and fighters, those who are hard to catch (the boring undefeate ...
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'Raging Bull' copyright case reaches top US court
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Oscar-winning boxing drama "Raging Bull" was at the center of a copyright battle Tuesday as the US Supreme Court heard arguments from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the daughter of a dead screenwriter. Paula Petrella claims the studio owes her damages because the film directed by Martin Scorsese was based in part on a screenplay written by her father, Frank Petrella. But MGM, which produced the 1980 movie starring Robert De Niro as the tortured middleweight Jake LaMotta, says Petrella waited too long before filing a lawsuit making the copyright claim -- the studio has already won an appeals court case in California on those grounds.
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Robert De Niro: 'I'd like to see where Travis Bickle is today'
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
If you thought that Robert De Niro had mellowed in his old age, think again. His new film with Luc Besson is feistily violent and he still hankers after making a sequel to Taxi Driver To misquote Bananarama, Robert De Niro is waiting inside the hotel room, talking on his phone, though probably not in Italian. I'm outside with the PR, who keeps easing open the door to check if he's done. The publicist is starstruck; he doesn't want to intrude. He explains that he grew up watching De Niro movies and that Taxi Driver is basically the reason he got into this business to begin with. We agree that it's wise to make no mention of this. He might shut the door and lock us out altogether. De Niro is in town to discuss his new role as an ageing bull in a witness protection programme, and this seems fitting. Over the past four decades we have known him as sibilant Vito Corleone, volcanic Jake LaMotta, oily Rupert Pupkin, and any number of others, which is another way of saying we don't know him ...
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Justices to hear appeal over 'Raging Bull'
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — The daughter of the man whose work was the basis of the Oscar-winning movie "Raging Bull" is hoping the Supreme Court will give her a final second TKO against a movie studio for ownership of boxer Jake LaMotta's life story. Federal law bars a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence involving physical force or a deadly weapon from possessing a firearm. Justices will also decide whether a motorist's anonymous tip about reckless driving is enough for police to pull over a car, without an officer's corroboration of dangerous driving. Officers did not observe erratic driving, but acted after dispatchers received a 911 call saying a vehicle had run the caller off the road and identifying it by its model, color and license plate.
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Usher Preps For Sugar Ray Role
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW ORLEANS — Grammy-winning singer Usher believes his dancing skills will help him in his upcoming role as Sugar Ray Leonard in "Hands of Stone," a new boxing film about the great brawler Roberto Duran. Usher said he has been preparing to play Leonard – a fighter with fast hands, smooth feet and a wide smile – for more than a year and still needs to lose nearly 25 pounds before shooting begins in October. The movie is based on Duran, a world champion in four weight divisions over a career that spanned five decades. Duran, whose nickname was "Hands of Stone," rose from the slums of Panama to defeat an unbeaten Leonard in 1980 and claim the WBC welterweight title, only to lose the rematch several months later in the infamous "no mas" fight. Usher said he was honored to play Leonard in the film. "You couldn't find a more stylized boxer than Sugar Ray Leonard," Usher said by telephone. "He was an incredible motion guy, the way he moved around the ring, and I th ...
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Robert De Niro Hasn't Won An Oscar In A Long Time
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Robert De Niro is widely regarded as one of the best actors of his generation, so it may surprise you to learn how long he went without making a truly great movie. (Sure, we all laughed at “Meet the Parents” back in 2000, but "Meet the Parents" is no “The Deer Hunter.”) The Oscar nomination De Niro earned with his supporting role in last year's "Silver Linings Playbook" is his first since 1991, when he played that crazy guy who clings to the bottom of Nick Nolte's car in "Cape Fear." And he hasn't won an Academy Award since 1981, when he portrayed the tormented boxer Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull." If you want an idea of how long ago that was, here is a video of a young De Niro accepting his award from Sally Field: If you want a few more ideas, keep reading. On the day Robert De Niro won his last Oscar: · The No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Rapture” by Blondie. · The No. 1 movie at the box office was "Omen III: The Final Conflict," starring Sam Nei ...
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Joel Drucker: Fantastic Voyage
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Six weeks after my wife Joan's death, I arrived at a place I could be most real: a tennis fantasy camp. Huh? Tennis? Fantasy? Camp? Conjures up wealthy folks having a kindly hit with ex-pros. Dozens such events occur all over the world. But at "Tennis Fantasies with John Newcombe and the Legends," the camp I've attended for nearly 20 years, fantasy and reality take a different twist. One night at Tennis Fantasies, Charlie Pasarell told a story. In 1969, in the first round of Wimbledon, he walked on to Centre Court versus Pancho Gonzales. It's a story worthy of Tolstoy, a tennis war that took two days, more than five hours. Seven match points for Pasarell were erased, Gonzales winning 11-9 in the fifth. While many tennis events are at heart friendly clinics, Tennis Fantasies emphasizes competition. Under the eyes of camp founder and director Steve Contardi, campers play on teams, coached by legends such as Pasarell and Hall of Famers Newcombe, Roy ...
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Steve James picks his 5 favorite sports films
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
Steve James picks his 5 favorite sports films With the film being available in theaters and on demand beginning this weekend, James was kind enough to take the time to choose his five favorite sports films. A biopic of Jake LaMotta that's not really a sports film yet somehow manages to capture the sport in all its brutality and beauty, along with the rage, aspirations and impotence that fuel both its participants and fans. — "Senna" (2011): A riveting documentary about the Formula One racing rivalry between legendary Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna and French driver Alain Prost that ultimately ended in tragedy. — "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" (1962): A great and angry film from the British kitchen sink realism movement of the early '60s that tells the story of a troubled, blue-collar teen from a dismal family background who discovers running as an escape.
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MGM wins court battle over "Raging Bull" rights
Yahoo News - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that MGM controls the rights to "Raging Bull," rejecting a challenge by the daughter of a screenwriter on whose work the film was based. Paula Petrella's father Frank Petrella - also known as Peter Savage - penned a 1963 screenplay about boxing champion Jake LaMotta, his former boyhood friend. The 1980 Martin Scorsese film was based on a book and a screenplay by Petrella but he did not get screenplay credit in the film. ...
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'Raging Bull II' Gets New Title Following Dispute Settlement With MGM - AceShowbiz
Google News - over 4 years
AceShowbiz 'Raging Bull II' Gets New Title Following Dispute Settlement With MGM AceShowbiz MGM and the producers of the upcoming drama have 'reached a resolution of their pending litigation' as the film will now be titled 'The Bronx Bull'. MGM has resolved a legal dispute with former boxer Jake LaMotta and the producers of "Raging Bull II". 'Raging Bull 2' forced to change name to 'The Bronx Bull'Digital Spy MGM Settling 'Raging Bull 2' Lawsuit; Jake LaMotta Movie Changing Title to ...Hollywood Reporter 'Raging Bull' sequel now 'The Bronx Bull,' no longer a 'Raging Bull' sequelEntertainment Weekly (blog) HitFix -Chicago Tribune -Examiner.com all 17 news articles »
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Theater Review: ‘Lady and the Champ,’ With Jake LaMotta
NYTimes - over 4 years
“Lady and the Champ” includes film clips of Jake LaMotta’s career; an interview with a fictional reporter; and Denise Baker, his “future seventh wife,” singing.
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Michael Bialas: Mira Sorvino on Family Values, Reunions and Her Juiciest Role Yet
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Her status as a leading lady is undeniable, but Mira Sorvino shouldn't mind being called a character actress. After all, she's played some crazy characters. Her latest, a bipolar damsel in distress from the Bronx who loves life one minute, then detests it the next, is juicy Lucy in the New York indie drama Union Square, which will be in limited release beginning Friday (July 13). "It's perhaps the juiciest of all roles I've ever had because she can swing in both directions," Sorvino said during a phone conversation two days after the film's June 25 premiere in New York. That's saying a lot for a talented performer who won the Academy Award in the delicious title role of Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite in 1995 as a prostitute/porn star, then won over an entirely different crowd as the hilariously flaky (and Post-it notes inventor) Romy White in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion in 1997. It's a family reunion that drives Union Square, which has its share of com ...
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MGM files to stop production of "Raging Bull" sequel
Yahoo News - over 4 years
(Reuters) - MGM Studios has sued to stop production of a sequel to the acclaimed film "Raging Bull," which won two Academy Awards 32 years ago, and called "Raging Bull II" "a low-budget B-movie." Jake LaMotta, whose story was told in the 1980 film that won Robert De Niro an Oscar for his performance, was obligated to offer motion picture rights of first refusal to MGM for a 1986 book he co-authored, "Raging Bull II," the document said. Emails to "Raging Bull II" producer Dahlia Waingort and director Martin Guigui were not immediately returned. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jake LaMotta
  • 2013
    LaMotta has four daughters, including Christi by his second wife Vikki LaMotta and Stephanie by his fourth wife Dimitria. He married a seventh wife, his longtime fiancée Denise Baker, on January 4, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He remains active on the speaking and autograph circuit, and has published several books about his career, his life, and his fights with Robinson. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and was ranked 52nd on Ring Magazine List of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years. The magazine ranked him as one of the 10 greatest middleweights of all time.
  • 2012
    The lawsuit was settled on July 31, 2012 when LaMotta agreed to change the title of the film to The Bronx Bull.
    More Details Hide Details LaMotta: The Bronx Bull stars actor William Forsythe as LaMotta, while Paul Sorvino plays his father. It also features Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, Natasha Henstridge, Joey Diaz and Ray Wise.
    LaMotta appeared in a 50-minute New York stage production, Lady and the Champ, in July 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The production focused on LaMotta's boxing career, and was criticized by The New York Times as poorly executed and a "bizarre debacle". LaMotta is the subject of a forthcoming documentary directed and produced by LEMMY co-director Greg Olliver. The film has planned release of early 2014, and features an appearance by Mike Tyson among other notable athletes, actors and Jake's family & friends. Also in production is a sequel to Raging Bull. MGM has filed suit to halt the project, saying that LaMotta does not have the right to make a sequel.
  • 2001
    His nephew, John LaMotta, fought in the heavyweight-novice class of the 2001 Golden Gloves championship tournament.
    More Details Hide Details John later became an actor, and one of his roles was as "Duke", who ran the bar of that name featured in "Frasier". Another nephew, William Lustig, is a well-known director and producer of horror films and the president of Blue Underground, Inc.
  • 1998
    In September 1998, his younger son, Joseph LaMotta, died in the crash of Swissair Flight 111.
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    In February 1998, LaMotta's elder son, Jake LaMotta, Jr., died of liver cancer.
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  • 1970
    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.
    More Details Hide Details To accurately portray the younger LaMotta, De Niro trained with LaMotta until LaMotta felt he was ready to box professionally. De Niro lived in Paris for three months, eating at the finest restaurants in order to gain sufficient weight to portray LaMotta after retirement. De Niro won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.
  • 1960
    In 1960, LaMotta was called to testify before a U.S. Senate sub-committee that was looking into underworld influence on boxing.
    More Details Hide Details He testified that he had thrown his bout with Billy Fox so that the mob would arrange a title bout for him. LaMotta is recognized as having one of the best chins in boxing. He rolled with punches, minimizing their force and damage when they landed, but he was also able to absorb many blows. In the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, his sixth bout with Robinson, LaMotta suffered numerous severe blows to the head. Commentators could be heard saying "No man can take this kind of punishment!" But LaMotta did not go down. The fight was stopped by the referee in the 13th round, declaring it a TKO victory for Robinson. LaMotta was one of the first boxers to adopt the "bully" style of fighting, in that he always stayed close and in punching range of his opponent, by stalking him around the ring, and sacrificed taking punches himself in order to land his own shots. Due to his aggressive, unrelenting style he was known as "The Bronx Bull." He boasted "No son-of-a-bitch ever knocked me off my feet", but that claim was ended in December 1952 at the hands of Danny Nardico when Nardico caught him with a hard right in the seventh round. LaMotta fell into the ropes and went down. After regaining his footing, he was unable to come out for the next round.
  • 1958
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was convicted and served time on a chain gang, although he has maintained his innocence. LaMotta appeared in more than 15 films, including The Hustler (1961) with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason, in which he had a cameo role as a bartender. He appeared in several episodes of the NBC police comedy, Car 54 Where Are You? (1961–63). A lifelong baseball fan, he organized the Jake LaMotta All-Star Team in the Bronx. The LaMotta team played in Sterling Oval which was located between 165th and 164th Streets between Clay and Teller Avenue.
  • 1952
    On December 31, 1952, LaMotta had his next fight against Danny Nardico.
    More Details Hide Details LaMotta was knocked down for the only time in his career (not counting his thrown 1947 fight) by a right hand in the seventh round. He got up and was beaten against a corner by Nardico until the bell rang. LaMotta's corner stopped the bout before the eighth round began. In the mid-1950s, LaMotta sustained a boxing injury and took time off to recover. When he returned, he knocked out his first two opponents, Johnny Pretzie (TKO 4) and Al McCoy (KO 1), but a controversial split decision loss afterwards to Billy Kilgore convinced him to retire.
  • 1950
    LaMotta retained his title via unanimous decision.LaMotta's next defense came on September 13, 1950 against Laurent Dauthuille.
    More Details Hide Details Dauthuille had previously beaten LaMotta by decision before LaMotta became world champion. By the fifteenth round, Dauthuille was once again ahead on all scorecards (72–68, 74–66, 71–69) and seemed to be about to repeat a victory against LaMotta. LaMotta hit Dauthuille with a barrage of punches that sent him down against the ropes toward the end of the round. Dauthuille was counted out with 13 seconds left in the fight. This fight was named Fight of the Year for 1950 by The Ring Magazine. LaMotta was challenged by Sugar Ray Robinson for the final fight in their legendary six-bout rivalry. Held on February 14, 1951, Saint Valentine's Day, the fight became known as boxing's version of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. In the last few rounds, LaMotta began to take a horrible beating and was soon unable to defend himself from Robinson's powerful blows. But LaMotta refused to go down. Robinson won by a technical knockout in the 13th round, when the fight was stopped with LaMotta lying on the ropes. However, Robinson was never able to knock LaMotta down.
    LaMotta made his first title defense against Tiberio Mitri on July 7, 1950 at Madison Square Garden, New York.
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  • 1949
    LaMotta won the world title on June 16, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, defeating Frenchman Marcel Cerdan.
    More Details Hide Details LaMotta won the first round (also knocking Cerdan down), Cerdan the second, and the third was even. At that point it became clear something was wrong. Cerdan dislocated his arm in the first round, apparently damaged in the knockdown, and gave up before the start of the 10th round. LaMotta damaged his left hand in the fifth round, but still landed 104 punches in the ninth round, whereas Cerdan hardly threw a punch. The official score had LaMotta as winner by a knockout in 10 rounds because the bell had already rung to begin that round when Cerdan announced he was quitting. A rematch was arranged, but while Cerdan was flying back to the United States to fight the rematch, his Air France Lockheed Constellation crashed in the Azores, killing everyone on board.
  • 1947
    On November 14, 1947, LaMotta was knocked out in four rounds by Billy Fox.
    More Details Hide Details Suspecting the fight was fixed, the New York State Athletic Commission withheld purses for the fight and suspended LaMotta. The fight with Fox would come back to haunt him later in life, during a case with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In his testimony and in his later book, LaMotta admitted to throwing the fight to gain favor with the Mafia. All involved agreed the fix was obvious and their staging inept. As LaMotta wrote, The first round, a couple of belts to his head, and I see a glassy look coming over his eyes. Jesus Christ, a couple of jabs and he's going to fall down? I began to panic a little. I was supposed to be throwing a fight to this guy, and it looked like I was going to end up holding him on his feet... By fourth round, if there was anybody in the Garden who didn't know what was happening, he must have been dead drunk."
  • 1945
    LaMotta and Robinson had their fifth bout at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois on September 26, 1945.
    More Details Hide Details Robinson won by a very controversial split decision contested over 12 rounds. The decision was severely booed by the 14,755 people in attendance. LaMotta later said in his autobiography that the decision was widely criticized by several newspapers and boxing publishers. Robinson said afterward, "This was the toughest fight I've ever had with LaMotta." The sixth and final fight between LaMotta and Robinson took place at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, on Valentine's Day, 1951. This fight was scheduled for 15 rounds and was for the middleweight title; Robinson prevailed by way of a TKO in the 13th round. See below, "Saint Valentine's Day Massacre".
  • 1942
    LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson in Robinson's middleweight debut at Madison Square Garden, New York, October 2, 1942.
    More Details Hide Details LaMotta knocked Robinson down in the first round of the fight. Robinson got up and took control over much of the fight, winning via unanimous 10 round decision. A 10 round rematch took place February 5, 1943, at Olympia Stadium, in Detroit, Michigan. The eighth round was historic. LaMotta landed a right to Robinson's head and a left to his body, sending him through the ropes. Robinson was saved by the bell at the count of nine. LaMotta, who was already leading on the scorecards before knocking Robinson out of the ring, pummeled and outpointed him for the rest of the fight. Robinson had trouble keeping LaMotta at bay. LaMotta won via unanimous decision, giving Robinson the first defeat of his career. The victory was short-lived, as the two met on February 26, 1943, another 10 round fight, once again at Olympia Stadium in Robinson's former home of Detroit. Robinson was knocked down for a nine-count count in round seven. Robinson later stated, "He really hurt me with a left in the seventh round. I was a little dazed and decided to stay on the deck." Robinson won the close fight by unanimous decision, utilizing a dazzling left jab and jarring uppercuts.
  • 1941
    In 1941, at the age of 19, LaMotta turned professional.
    More Details Hide Details During World War II, he was rejected for military service because of a mastoid operation on one of his ears. LaMotta went 14–0–1 (3 KOs) as a middleweight in his first fifteen bouts before losing a highly controversial split decision to Jimmy Reeves in Reeves' hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Chaos erupted after the decision was announced. Fights broke out around the ring and the crowd continued to boo for 20 minutes. The arena's organist tried to calm down the crowd by playing the "Star Spangled Banner". One month later, LaMotta and Reeves fought again in the same arena. Reeves won a much less controversial decision. A third match between the two took place on March 19, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. The first five rounds were close, though Reeves was struggling in the fourth. In the sixth round, LaMotta floored Reeves, who was only down for a second. Once the fight resumed, LaMotta landed a left on Reeves' chin, sending him down face-first. Reeves was blinking his eyes and shaking his head as the referee counted him out.
  • 1921
    LaMotta was born to Italian parents in the Bronx, New York City in 1921.
    More Details Hide Details He was forced by his father into fighting other children to entertain neighborhood adults, who threw pocket change into the ring. LaMotta's father collected the money and used it to help pay the rent. His cousin was inventor Richard LaMotta.
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