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Sonny Liston (1932–1970)

Charles "Sonny" Liston's life and death began and ended in the same manner: as a mystery. Liston, one of 25 children by his father, is reputed to have been born in May 1932, yet prison records show various birthdates, among them 1928. After a rough upbringing, with little formal education, Liston found himself in trouble with the law. He served ... See full bio »

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Head Extra
Moonfire The Farmer
Harlow First Fighter
Love, American Style Rocky Morgan (segment "Love and the Champ")


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 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Rocky Morgan (segment "Love and the Champ")
- Love and the Champ/Love and the Pen Pals (1970) ... Rocky Morgan (segment "Love and the Champ")
 1970 Moonfire
The Farmer
 1968 Head
 1965/II Harlow
First Fighter
 1963 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Rope Jumper
- Episode #17.2 (1963) ... Rope Jumper
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2 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 7 Portrayals | 2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Charles 'Sonny' Liston


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Liston on his age: "I'm like Jack Benny, I never tell my age." See more »


He had the biggest fist of any heavyweight champion: 15 inches. He was officially knocked out by Muhammad Ali in one minute for the fastest KO in heavyweight history up to that time. Later, films of the fight showed the bout ended at the 1:25 mark. See more »


His glaring stare

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