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Jack O'Halloran

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Jack O'Halloran
Jack O'Halloran.jpg
Jack O'Halloran at O Comic Con 2017 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Born (1943-04-08) April 8, 1943 (age 75)
OccupationBoxer, actor, fitter
Years active1975-present

Jack O'Halloran (born April 8, 1943) is an American former boxer and actor. O'Halloran is best known for acting in such films as Superman, Superman II and Dragnet.[1]

Life and career

Early life and boxing

O'Halloran was born in Philadelphia, and was raised by his mother, Mary, and stepfather, Peter Paul Patrick O’Halloran.[2] He lived in Runnemede, New Jersey.[3] Fighting as "Irish" Jack O'Halloran from Boston, he was a heavyweight boxing contender active from 1966 to 1974. The 6-foot, 6-inch O'Halloran was undefeated throughout his first 16 professional fights.

During his boxing career, O'Halloran defeated former title contenders Cleveland Williams and Manuel Ramos. He also defeated Danny McAlinden, who won a bronze medal in boxing at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica and later became the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion. O'Halloran's losses included defeats to Joe Bugner, Ron Lyle, and future heavyweight champions George Foreman and Ken Norton.

In 1973, O'Halloran was close to attaining a match against Muhammad Ali when he was knocked out by Jimmy Summerville.[4] This ended his chances to fight Ali. Although O'Halloran went on to defeat Summerville by K.O. in a rematch, with only three more wins and five losses he was never again a serious heavyweight contender.

The California Boxing Hall of Fame has listed O'Halloran as one of its inductees of the 2009 HOF class.[5]

Acting career

Retiring from boxing in 1974 with a record of 34-21-2 (17 knockout victories),[5] O'Halloran turned to a career as an actor. He first won the role of ex-convict Moose Malloy in the 1975 film Farewell, My Lovely, featuring Robert Mitchum as private eye Philip Marlowe.

After Farewell, My Lovely O'Halloran was offered other roles, some of which he turned down, including the role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me which went to Richard Kiel.[6]

Superman film series

This led to other tough "henchmen" style roles which culminated in the role he is best known for, Non, the menacing-but-mute member of the trio of Kryptonian supervillains banished to the Phantom Zone by Jor-El (Marlon Brando) in Superman (1978) and inadvertently released by Superman in Superman II (1980).

O'Halloran once stated in an interview that it was his idea to make Non a childlike character, having difficulty adjusting to his newfound powers and making sounds in the absence of voice. O'Halloran criticized Alexander and Ilya Salkind, the producers of the Superman films, for their mishandling of the franchise, believing that their firing of director Donner was a huge blow to the series and the cause of its downturn in quality, a sentiment that was shared by Gene Hackman, who refused to reprise his Lex Luthor role in the third film, and Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane.[citation needed]

In an interview with Starlog Magazine in 2006, O'Halloran stated that he and Christopher Reeve did not get along during the making of Superman II. On one occasion, he had Reeve against a wall, but Richard Donner intervened and dissuaded him from hitting Reeve.[7] (He also later discussed this incident on the How Did This Get Made? podcast's Episode 24.1.)[8] Despite the clash between them, O'Halloran stated that his heart went out to Reeve after his 1995 accident, and commended him for helping others with spinal cord injuries.[9]

According to O'Halloran, the reaction he gets most often from fans is "My God, he can talk!".[4] He was also an active participant on his own message board on the Internet Movie Database.

Other acting roles

O'Halloran has also played supporting roles in King Kong (1976), March or Die (1977), The Baltimore Bullet (1980), Dragnet (1987), Hero and the Terror (1988), Mob Boss (1990), and The Flintstones (1994).


In 2008, O'Halloran announced plans to enter into a partnership with veteran Hollywood executive Jay Samit to create Long Beach Studios, a chain of film studio facilities throughout the United States.[10][11]


In 2010, O'Halloran released Family Legacy. The book also outlines O'Halloran's relationship with his claimed father, a former boss of the Gambino crime family, Albert Anastasia.[12]


Professional boxing record

34 Wins (17 knockouts, 17 decisions), 21 Losses (8 knockouts, 13 decisions), 2 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 34-21-2 United States Howard "KO" Smith KO 6 August 16, 1974 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego California Heavyweight Title. O'Halloran knocked out at 2:36 of the sixth round.
Win 34-20-2 Samoa Koroseta Kid TKO 9 July 12, 1974 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego Referee stopped the bout at 1:28 of the ninth round.
Win 33-20-2 United States Danny Lee PTS 10 June 6, 1974 United States Bronco Bowl, Dallas
Loss 32-20-2 United States Larry Middleton KO 9 December 5, 1973 United States Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore
Loss 32-19-2 Tonga Koli Vailea PTS 10 October 31, 1973 United States Las Vegas
Loss 32-18-2 United States Boone Kirkman UD 10 July 12, 1973 United States Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle 94-97, 95-97, 97-98.
Loss 32-17-2 United States Howard "KO" Smith PTS 10 June 8, 1973 United States San Diego
Win 32-16-2 United States Charlie Reno UD 12 May 16, 1973 United States Stockton, California California Heavyweight Title. 9-1, 12-1, 10-0.
Win 31-16-2 United States Jimmy Summerville TKO 7 April 24, 1973 United States Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 30-16-2 United States Jimmy Summerville KO 9 March 20, 1973 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 30-15-2 United States Alvin Lewis PTS 10 March 1, 1973 United States Detroit
Win 29-15-2 United States Big Roby Harris KO 5 November 8, 1972 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego California Heavyweight Title.
Win 28-14-2 United States Rico Brooks KO 6 October 28, 1972 United States Denver
Win 27-15-2 United States Rahman Ali KO 8 September 13, 1972 United States San Diego
Win 26-15-2 United States Henry Clark PTS 12 August 9, 1972 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego California Heavyweight Title.
Win 25-15-2 United States Vic Scott TKO 3 July 14, 1972 United States San Diego
Loss 24-15-2 United States Henry Clark UD 10 June 16, 1972 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego 2-5, 3-4, 3-4.
Win 24-14-2 United States Fred "Airman" Lewis PTS 10 May 25, 1972 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego
Win 23-14-2 United States Steve Grant KO 3 April 12, 1972 United States San Diego
Loss 22-14-2 United States Ken Norton UD 10 March 17, 1972 United States San Diego Coliseum, San Diego
Win 22-13-2 United States Charlie "Emperor" Harris PTS 10 February 1, 1972 United States Houston
Loss 21-13-2 United States Ron Lyle KO 4 November 26, 1971 United States Denver
Win 20-12-2 United States Cleveland Williams SD 10 September 21, 1971 United States Houston
Win 19-12-2 United States Terry Daniels TKO 4 August 24, 1971 United States Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston
Loss 18-12-2 United States Ron Stander UD 10 July 29, 1971 United States Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska 95-100, 94-99, 95-98.
Loss 18-11-2 United States Johnny "70's" Griffin UD 10 June 29, 1971 United States Cleveland Arena, Cleveland
Loss 18-10-2 United Kingdom Jack Bodell KO 4 February 24, 1971 United Kingdom Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Loss 18-9-2 United States Dave Matthews UD 10 September 14, 1970 United States Akron Armory, Akron, Ohio
Win 18-8-2 Northern Ireland Danny McAlinden PTS 8 July 6, 1970 United Kingdom Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London
Loss 17-8-2 Puerto Rico José "King" Roman PTS 10 May 25, 1970 United States Tampa, Florida
Loss 17-7-2 United States Mac Foster KO 1 April 9, 1970 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles O'Halloran knocked out at 2:58 of the first round.
Loss 17-6-2 United States George Foreman KO 5 January 26, 1970 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City O'Halloran knocked out at 1:10 of the fifth round.
Win 17-5-2 Mexico Manuel "Pulgarcito" Ramos KO 7 October 17, 1969 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Draw 16-5-2 South Africa Jimmy Richards PTS 8 October 4, 1969 South Africa Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Loss 16-5-1 United States Al "Goulds Terror" Jones TKO 3 August 19, 1969 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 13-4-1 Wales Carl Gizzi PTS 10 July 7, 1969 United Kingdom Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London 49.5-48.5.
Loss 16-4-1 United States "Irish" Tony Doyle PTS 10 May 28, 1969 United States Las Vegas
Loss 16-3-1 United Kingdom Joe Bugner PTS 8 April 15, 1969 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London 39.25-39.5.
Win 16-2-1 United States Bobby Lee Hines TKO 2 March 27, 1969 United States Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts
Loss 15-2-1 Puerto Rico José "King" Roman PTS 10 March 15, 1969 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
Loss 15-1-1 United States Charlie "Emperor" Harris PTS 8 September 6, 1968 United States Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 15-0-1 United States Mike Bruce KO 7 April 23, 1968 United States Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 14-0-1 United States Charley Polite TKO 7 March 26, 1968 United States Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 13-0-1 United States Buddy Moore KO 3 November 15, 1967 United States Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 12-0-1 United States Richard Benjamin PTS 6 October 2, 1967 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia
Win 11-0-1 United States Bobby Lee Hines KO 4 August 31, 1967 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia
Win 10-0-1 United States Bobby Lee Hines KO 6 July 24, 1967 United States Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 9-0-1 United States Tommy Sheehan PTS 4 July 19, 1967 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 8-0-1 United States Mike Bruce PTS 6 June 5, 1967 United States Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 7-0-1 United States Tommy Clark UD 6 May 15, 1967 United States Boston Arena, Boston
Draw 6-0-1 United States Roosevelt Eddie PTS 4 May 9, 1967 United States Boston Arena, Boston
Win 6-0 United States Danny Swears PTS 4 May 2, 1967 United States Boston Arena, Boston
Win 5-0 United States Hal Moffett UD 4 April 18, 1967 United States Boston Arena, Boston
Win 4-0 United States Woody Goss PTS 4 March 6, 1967 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia
Win 3-0 United States Woody Goss PTS 4 November 22, 1966 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia
Win 2-0 United States Bob Hazelton TKO 1 October 10, 1966 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia
Win 1-0 Joe Pinto TKO 1 September 22, 1966 United States Reading Municipal Stadium, Reading, Pennsylvania Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the first round.


  1. ^ "Jack O'Halloran". The New York Times.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Macnow, Glen; and Graham, Big Daddy. The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists, p. 64. Running Press, 2007. ISBN 9780762432745. Accessed February 26, 2015. "Jack O'Halloran. Back in the 1960s, Irish Jack was a six-foot-six heavyweight contender from Runnemede, N.J.,who battled future heavyweight champs George Foreman and Ken Norton."
  4. ^ a b Jack O'Halloran - Biography
  5. ^ a b Boxer Jack O'Halloran
  6. ^ Yagoda, Ben (July 2, 1987). "He's Been Big, Bad And Now, Beautiful Jack O'halloran, Last Seen As A Nasty In 'Dragnet,' Is Changing His Image". Philadelphia Daily News.
  7. ^ Starlog, July 2006, p. 34
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  10. ^ "Long Beach movie studio at old Boeing plant in jeopard". Associated press. March 10, 2009.
  11. ^ "Former Long Beach factory to be movie studio". Associated Press. October 11, 2009.
  12. ^ O'Halloran, Jack (2011). Family Legacy. MP Publishing. ISBN 1-84982-106-2.

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