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Date of Birth
2 January 1969,
Jay, Oklahoma, USA
Date of Death
1 September 2013
Tommy David Morrison
6' 2" (1.88 m)
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)
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.
(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.
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
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)
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