Hollywood and Boxing

Hollywood and boxing have been forever intertwined. Boxing films have been an important part of the sports movie genre for generations. Classics such as "On the Waterfront," "Requiem for A Heavyweight," “Raging Bull,” the Rocky films, and more recently "Million Dollar Baby" and "Cinderella Man” have depicted the sweet Science and compelling stories on the big screen.

Many award winning actors have starred in boxing themed movies. These include Robert DeNiro, Paul Newman, Daniel Day Lewis, Clint Eastwood, Russell Crowe, Bob Hope, Kirk Douglas, Jerry Lewis, Jon Voight, Wallace Beery, Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley, Leonard Nimoy, Clark Gable, and James Cagney.

Clint Eastward’s masterpiece “Million Dollar Baby” swept the academy awards in 2004, with the best actress statue going to Hillary Swank.  The first academy award to an actor playing an athlete went to Wallace Beery, as the boxer in the 1931 drama “The Champ.”  The great directors who orchestrated boxing films into their cinematic work have included the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Wise, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastward, and Ron Howard.

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