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Jack O'Halloran

Jack O'Halloran
Born (1943-04-08) April 8, 1943
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Boxer, Actor, Fitter

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


  • Biography 1
    • Boxing 1.1
    • Acting career 1.2
      • Superman film series 1.2.1
      • Other acting roles 1.2.2
    • Business 1.3
    • Writing 1.4
  • Professional boxing record 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4



O'Halloran was born in Philadelphia and lived in Runnemede, New Jersey.[2] 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 Ken Norton.

In 1973, O'Halloran was close to attaining a match against Muhammad Ali when he was knocked out by Jimmy Summerville.[3] 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.[4]

Acting career

Retiring from boxing in 1974 with a record of 34-21-2 (17 knockout victories),[4] 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.[5]

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.

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.[6] (He also later discussed this incident on the How Did This Get Made? podcast's Episode 24.1.)[7] 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.[8]

According to O'Halloran, the reaction he gets most often from fans is "My God, he can talk!".[3] He is also an active participant on his own messageboard 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 partner with veteran Hollywood executive Jay Samit to create Long Beach Studios, a chain of film studio facilities throughout the United States.[9][10]


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.[11]

Professional boxing record

34 Wins (17 knockouts, 17 decisions), 21 Losses (8 knockouts, 13 decisions), 2 Draws [2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 10-1 Howard "KO" Smith KO 6 August 16, 1974 San Diego Coliseum, San Diego California Heavyweight Title. O'Halloran knocked out at 2:36 of the sixth round.
Win 10-5 Koroseta Kid TKO 9 July 12, 1974 San Diego Coliseum, San Diego Referee stopped the bout at 1:28 of the ninth round.
Win 5-4-1 Danny Lee PTS 10 June 6, 1974 Bronco Bowl, Dallas
Loss 20-4-1 Larry Middleton KO 9 December 5, 1973 Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore
Loss 2-3 Koli Vailea PTS 10 October 31, 1973 Las Vegas
Loss 26-2 Boone Kirkman UD 10 July 12, 1973 Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle 94-97, 95-97, 97-98.
Loss 7-1 Howard "KO" Smith PTS 10 June 8, 1973 San Diego
Win 7-8-1 Charlie Reno UD 12 May 16, 1973 Stockton, California California Heavyweight Title. 9-1, 12-1, 10-0.
Win 6-2-4 Jimmy Summerville TKO 7 April 24, 1973 Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 5-2-4 Jimmy Summerville KO 9 March 20, 1973 Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 28-4 Alvin Lewis PTS 10 March 1, 1973 Detroit
Win 5-8-1 Big Roby Harris KO 5 November 8, 1972 San Diego Coliseum, San Diego California Heavyweight Title.
Win 10-12-2 Rico Brooks KO 6 October 28, 1972 Denver
Win 14-2-1 Rahman Ali KO 8 September 13, 1972 San Diego
Win 25-6-3 Henry Clark PTS 12 August 9, 1972 San Diego Coliseum, San Diego California Heavyweight Title.
Win 2-6 Vic Scott TKO 3 July 14, 1972 San Diego
Loss 24-6-3 Henry Clark UD 10 June 16, 1972 San Diego Coliseum, San Diego 2-5, 3-4, 3-4.
Win 35-10-1 Fred "Airman" Lewis PTS 10 May 25, 1972 San Diego Coliseum, San Diego
Win 14-10-1 Steve Grant KO 3 April 12, 1972 San Diego
Loss 24-1 Ken Norton UD 10 March 17, 1972 San Diego Coliseum, San Diego
Win 8-14-1 Charlie "Emperor" Harris PTS 10 February 1, 1972 Houston
Loss 9-0 Ron Lyle KO 4 November 26, 1971 Denver
Win 75-11-1 Cleveland Williams SD 10 September 21, 1971 Houston
Win 26-3-1 Terry Daniels TKO 4 August 24, 1971 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston
Loss 17-0-1 Ron Stander UD 10 July 29, 1971 Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska 95-100, 94-99, 95-98.
Loss 17-4 Johnny "70's" Griffin UD 10 June 29, 1971 Cleveland Arena, Cleveland
Loss 54-10 Jack Bodell KO 4 February 24, 1971 Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Loss 11-0 Dave Matthews UD 10 September 14, 1970 Akron Armory, Akron, Ohio
Win 11-0 Danny McAlinden PTS 8 July 6, 1970 Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London
Loss 30-6-1 José "King" Roman PTS 10 May 25, 1970 Tampa, Florida
Loss 23-0 Mac Foster KO 1 April 9, 1970 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles O'Halloran knocked out at 2:58 of the first round.
Loss 14-0 George Foreman KO 5 January 26, 1970 Madison Square Garden, New York City O'Halloran knocked out at 1:10 of the fifth round.
Win 22-8-2 Manuel "Pulgarcito" Ramos KO 7 October 17, 1969 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Draw 5-0-1 Jimmy Richards PTS 8 October 4, 1969 Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Loss 27-1-1 Al "Goulds Terror" Jones TKO 3 August 19, 1969 Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 30-4 Carl Gizzi PTS 10 July 7, 1969 Mayfair Sporting Club, Mayfair, London 49.5-48.5.
Loss 24-5-1 "Irish" Tony Doyle PTS 10 May 28, 1969 Las Vegas
Loss 15-1 Joe Bugner PTS 8 April 15, 1969 Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London 39.25-39.5.
Win 1-4 Bobby Lee Hines TKO 2 March 27, 1969 Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts
Loss 18-5-1 José "King" Roman PTS 10 March 15, 1969 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Loss 4-3-1 Charlie "Emperor" Harris PTS 8 September 6, 1968 Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 8-10-1 Mike Bruce KO 7 April 23, 1968 Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 8-6-2 Charley Polite TKO 7 March 26, 1968 Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 5-8 Buddy Moore KO 3 November 15, 1967 Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 0-1 Richard Benjamin PTS 6 October 2, 1967 Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia
Win 1-2 Bobby Lee Hines KO 4 August 31, 1967 Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia
Win 1-1 Bobby Lee Hines KO 6 July 24, 1967 Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 1-0 Tommy Sheehan PTS 4 July 19, 1967 Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 7-6-1 Mike Bruce PTS 6 June 5, 1967 Four Seasons Arena, Walpole, Massachusetts
Win 1-1 Tommy Clark UD 6 May 15, 1967 Boston Arena, Boston
Draw 3-1 Roosevelt Eddie PTS 4 May 9, 1967 Boston Arena, Boston
Win -- Danny Swears PTS 4 May 2, 1967 Boston Arena, Boston
Win 1-0 Hal Moffett UD 4 April 18, 1967 Boston Arena, Boston
Win 5-4 Woody Goss PTS 4 March 6, 1967 Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia
Win 5-3 Woody Goss PTS 4 November 22, 1966 Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia
Win -- Bob Hazelton TKO 1 October 10, 1966 Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia
Win -- Joe Pinto TKO 1 September 22, 1966 Reading Municipal Stadium, Reading, Pennsylvania Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the first round.


  1. ^ "Jack O'Halloran".  
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  3. ^ a b Jack O'Halloran - Biography
  4. ^ a b Boxer Jack O'Halloran
  5. ^ 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".  
  6. ^ Starlog, July 2006, p. 34
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  9. ^ "Long Beach movie studio at old Boeing plant in jeopard". Associated press. March 10, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Former Long Beach factory to be movie studio". Associated Press. October 11, 2009. 
  11. ^ O'Halloran, Jack (2011). Family Legacy. MP Publishing.  

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