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ethanedwards
October 29th, 2008, 02:15 PM
TOMMY MORRISON

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c187/john-wayne/John%20Wayne-%202/movies-tommy-morrison-1_zpsd7c9a9ee.jpg

INformation From IMDb

Date of Birth
2 January 1969,
Jay, Oklahoma, USA

Date of Death
1 September 2013
Nebraska

Birth Name
Tommy David Morrison

Nickname
The Duke

Height
6' 2" (1.88 m)

Spouse
Dawn Gilbert (17 September 2001 - November 2007) (divorced) 1 child
Dawn Gilbert (17 September 1996 - November 1998) (annulled) 1 child
Dawn Freeman (18 May 1996 - September 2000) (divorced)

Trivia
He is the great-nephew of John Wayne.

He won the WBO Boxing Championship from George Foreman in 1993.
He lost the championship to Michael Bentt in 1994.

In 1989, Morrison had 19 wins, 15 by knockout.
Among the fighters beaten were former Mike Tyson opponents Lorenzo Boyd,
Dave Jaco and Lorenzo Canady, as well as former George Foreman opponents
Steve Zouski and Ken Lakusta.

He won three fights in 1995 before meeting Razor Ruddock
for the IBC Heavyweight Championship.

A huge Elvis fan.

In 1988, his senior year, he won the Kansas City Golden Gloves.
In the Olympic trials, he advanced to the finals and lost to
Army Sergeant Ray Mercer, eight years his senior.

Now that he has retired from boxing, he is now working
his way toward acting professionally.

Seeing the Stallone classic "Rocky" was what really inspired
him to go pro with his boxing.

In 1988 he won the Kansas City, Mo., Golden Gloves,
advanced to the National Gloves in Omaha and got invited
to the western Olympic trials.
He came up short in Concord, Calif., where he lost a split decision t
o heavyweight Ray Mercer, who went on to win a gold medal in Seoul.

Originally aspired to be an actor like his grand-uncle,
but with all the boxers in his family going on at that time,
his mother pressured him to try out for Golden Gloves.
He won. He was 25-0 before he realized that boxing
was something he wanted to do full-time.

Always wanted to act, but fell into boxing because of his mother's wishes.
There was so much success in the family with boxing
that she encouraged him to compete.

Made an extremely brief cameo in the film They Live in 1988.

After a decade of being barred from boxing due to his HIV status,
he found that the original test showed a "false positive", meaning
he is free of the HIV virus. He is now planning a comeback!.

From the age of 13 to 19 Tommy entered every tough man contest he could.
Winning 49 fights out of the 50 he participated in.
During this time starting in December of 1976 he also was
fighting amateur boxing matches. In 1980 he also won the Jr. Olympics.
He continued this until 1988 where his total of amateur fights was 242
with an impressive amount of wins which was 222 with only 20 losses.

Father of 4 sons.

Personal Quotes
(On boxing): "It was a life changing experience.
Very interesting and something I look forward to doing again. Acting is a different challenge."

(On how he sexually-contracted HIV):
"Wilt Chamberlain had nothing on me. Infidelity was one of my biggest battles in life
. I couldn't overcome it. It probably helped my first marriage crumble."

Where Are They Now
(May 2006) Currently lives in Sparta, Tennessee,
where he is writing his autobiography.

(February 2007) Making a boxing comeback.

Biography
He's a heavyweight professional boxer from Jay, Oklahoma,
who made national news Thursday, Feb. 15, 1996,
when he announced that he is HIV positive.
He was suspended from worldwide boxing when
he tested positive prior to a boxing match against
Arthur Weathers in Las Vegas.
He said he plans to pursue AIDS awareness activities.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Filmography

Actor:
1. "Cybill" .... Leo (1 episode, 1996)
- Educating Zoey (1996) TV episode .... Leo
2. Rocky V (1990) .... Tommy 'Machine' Gunn
3. They Live (1988) (uncredited) .... Dave - resistance fighter
... aka John Carpenter's They Live (USA: complete title)
... aka They Live! (USA: poster title)

Self
1. ESPN: The Magazine at 10 (2008) (TV) .... Himself
2. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" .... Himself (1 episode, 2007)
- Carrera/Morrison (2007) TV episode .... Himself
3. The Opponents (2006) (V) .... Himself
4. "ESPN Outside the Lines: First Report" .... Himself (1 episode, 2006)
... aka OTL First Report (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 25 July 2006 (2006) TV episode .... Himself

ethanedwards
October 29th, 2008, 07:18 PM
To bring this into line with Duke's Family,
here are the previous posts relating to Tommy Morrison


February 11th 2006
Duke Pilgrim

I remember reading somewhere that Tommy Morrison who starred in Rocky V as the young boxer was some kind of relative of John Wayne nephew or great nephew.

Was this true or some PR material?

Mike

February 11th, 2006
dukefan1

Hello DukePilgrim.

From what I heard, he is a great nephew of Duke's. How he ties in by who's blood, I never heard. I remember hearing that he contracted Aids and had to give up boxing. That's all I remember. Maybe someone else knows more. Hope this helps a little. :D

Mark

February 11th, 2006
ethanedwards

Hi Mike,
Here's a link to his web-site,
He is known as The Duke,
so perhaps there is a family connection,
although, I can't find anything that says so,
which is odd!!

http://www.tommymorrison.net/

February 11th, 2006
DukePilgrim
Hi Mark & Keith

I remember the time the movie came out that he was being quoted as being a great nephew but never heard anymore about him after that.

February 11th, 2006
Baby Sister

When the movie Rocky V came out I remember People magazine ran an article on him and the fact that he is John Waynes' great grand nephew was in this article. The blood line runs on Tommies fathers side. His name was Tim Morrison. This is all mentioned in his bio on answers.com and also in John Waynes' on the same site. Hope this helps.

I saw Tommie box a couple of times and he was really good.


Baby Sis

February 11th, 2006
chester7777

From the picture on the Internet site, it looks like he could be related to John Wayne, in that he has a similar receding hairline pattern .

Seriously, I remembered that we had had some minor discussion regarding Tommy Morrison about 3 years ago, and here are links to those posts (or threads) -

pertinent post by itdo

first three posts are relavent

Thanks, Keith, for that link! Interesting reading!

February 13th, 2006
DukePilgrim

Thanks Chester for the links.

I thought he was a grandnephew.

Funny the only Rocky film I ever saw in the cinema was number 5 (V) with Tommy in it.


Mike

July 1st, 2007
gt12pak

Quote:
Originally Posted by dukefan1 View Post
Hello DukePilgrim.

From what I heard, he is a great nephew of Duke's. How he ties in by who's blood, I never heard. I remember hearing that he contracted Aids and had to give up boxing. That's all I remember. Maybe someone else knows more. Hope this helps a little. :D

Mark

Quote:
Originally Posted by gt12pak
Well supposedly he no longer has aids and plans on returning to boxing. Anybody else heard this?
I saw on ESPN that he fought a Meanest Man Cage match last Saturday night 06/23 on The Res Arizona and knocked his opponent out in 2:08 of the first round.

If you want to know more just go to www.espn.com and type in Tommy Morrison in the search field. A good bit of controversy going on.

July 1st, 2007
DukePilgrim

Well if he no longer has AIDS he will be a first!!!. Can see him ever getting a licence to box anyway and he would be way too old now

Mike

Stumpy

Quote:
Originally Posted by DukePilgrim
Well if he no longer has AIDS he will be a first!!!.
Ain't it the truth? I've never heard of AIDS spontaneously disappearing on its own.

July 1st, 2007
DukePilgrim
There was a guy in a TV soap opera over here whose character lived for decades with it.

They had to remind the audience every so often when he got a new girlfriend that there might be a few technical problems to his love life.

I bet it seemed a good idea in early 1980s to give his character HIV

July 3rd, 2007
chester7777

Quote:
Originally Posted by chester7777
From the picture on the Internet site, it looks like he could be related to John Wayne, in that he has a similar receding hairline pattern .

Seriously, I remembered that we had had some minor discussion regarding Tommy Morrison about 3 years ago, and here are links to those posts (or threads) -

pertinent post by itdo

first three posts are relavent
I don't know if anybody read back from the beginning of this thread, but when I did, I discovered that my links above were no longer working, as a result of changing over to the new message board last December. I was able to find the correct information, so the links work now.

gt, who is doing the interview in that YouTube clip? Some interesting stuff. I wonder how valid it is when he says that the testing 10 years ago wasn't that good. Does he mean that he had a false positive?? That would be pretty bad, and have a serious affect on a person's life.

Chester

July 4th, 2007
dukefan1

Hi Chester.

I was beginning to think that nobody was gonna look at that clip.
Aww, GT, just 'cause we didn't comment doesn't mean we didn't look . I looked at it yesterday but didn't think of anything to comment on at that time. I see he won in the second round by an interview taken after the fight. Not bad for a man out of the sport for 12 or so years. I remember watching him fight years ago. While he did have power, I didn't think he had a fluid movement in the ring. He was more of a brawler than a boxer. I hope he makes it back, I'd watch him fight again.

As for the false aids reading he received? Too bad he was out of control in his private life or he could have fought it and had a longer career then he did. Glad to hear he is healthy now and has his life on track again. I wish him luck!

Mark

may2
September 2nd, 2013, 02:36 PM
Duke's grandnephew, boxer/actor Tommy Morrison, has died at 44.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/09/02/tommy-morrison-boxer-and-rocky-v-star-dies-at-44/

BatjacAuburn
September 3rd, 2013, 10:37 AM
Duke's grandnephew, boxer/actor Tommy Morrison, has died at 44.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/09/02/tommy-morrison-boxer-and-rocky-v-star-dies-at-44/

Someone correct me if I am wrong, I often am, but Tommy Morrison wouldn't have been Duke's grandnephew. A distant cousin perhaps but not a grand nephew. The only way he could have been a grandnephew on the Morrison side of Duke's family would be for him to be descended from Duke's brother Robert which I don't think is the case. I don't even know if Robert ever married and had children.

If he was descended from one of Clyde's siblings or Clyde's uncles, which seems most likely, he would have been a distant cousin, probably second or third cousin and probably several times "removed" as they would have been from different generations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cousin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephew_and_niece

ethanedwards
September 3rd, 2013, 04:54 PM
Someone correct me if I am wrong, I often am, but Tommy Morrison wouldn't have been Duke's grandnephew.
You are amongst others in this thread, are more than likely correct.
I think it is he, who claimed, he was the grandnephew,
with wikipedia, also mentioning it!!

There however is no proof!

Your comments about Robert, would also point in the direction
that it is more likely he may have been some distant cousin etc!!

This was a previous comment I posted

February 11th, 2006
ethanedwards

He is known as The Duke,
so perhaps there is a family connection,
although, I can't find anything that says so,
which is odd!!

BatjacAuburn
September 4th, 2013, 09:56 AM
You are amongst others in this thread, are more than likely correct.
I think it is he, who claimed, he was the grandnephew,
with wikipedia, also mentioning it!!

There however is no proof!

Your comments about Robert, would also point in the direction
that it is more likely he may have been some distant cousin etc!!






Looked through Duke’s genealogy posted in another thread. Looks like Clyde had two older brothers (George and Guy) who could have stayed in the mid-West. Duke’s Grandfather, Marion Mitchell Morrison, had four brothers (Robert, Jasper, William, and David). Great Grandfather James Morrison was one of four male children of Great-Great Grandfather Robert Morrison who emigrated from Ireland and wound up in Ohio. That’s a bunch of chances for Tommie Morrison to be a distant cousin to Duke without going back to the old country.
Also found that brother Robert was married but no mention of children.

BatjacAuburn
October 21st, 2013, 09:13 AM
Looked through Duke’s genealogy posted in another thread. Looks like Clyde had two older brothers (George and Guy) who could have stayed in the mid-West. Duke’s Grandfather, Marion Mitchell Morrison, had four brothers (Robert, Jasper, William, and David). Great Grandfather James Morrison was one of four male children of Great-Great Grandfather Robert Morrison who emigrated from Ireland and wound up in Ohio. That’s a bunch of chances for Tommie Morrison to be a distant cousin to Duke without going back to the old country.
Also found that brother Robert was married but no mention of children.

Found a reference in the book DUKE cowritten by makeup artist Grayson that said Bobby was married but never had any children.

Paula
October 21st, 2013, 01:07 PM
I have a friend from Oklahoma who knew Tommy Morrison very well when they were growing up. Her mom even dated Tommy's dad briefly. According to her mom, John Wayne was a cousin of Tommy's dad so somewhere there probably is a link.