Boxing Champ Jake LaMotta Dies

Former World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta died September 19 in Aventura, Florida (near Miami) as a result of complications from pneumonia at the age of 95.

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The Hollywood movie “Raging Bull” was based on LaMotta’s life. Robert De Niro gave an Academy Award winning performance as the champion in the film, which was based on LaMotta’s autobiography. Martin Scorsese directed the film.

LaMotta began boxing in 1941 after failing to pass the physical for enlistment in the military. During his professional career, LaMotta fought in 106 bouts with 83 wins, 19 losses, and four ties. LaMotta and Sugar Ray Robinson fought a total of six times with Robinson getting the best of LaMotta five of the six times. He retired from boxing in 1954.

LaMotta is a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

After his retirement from the boxing ring, LaMotta turned his hand to acting where he appeared in nearly two dozen productions including his 1953 debut as Rocky’s pal in the “All Star Revue”, a bartender in “The Hustler”, “The White Elephant”, “Car 54 Where Are You?”, Firepower”, an uncredited role in “New Jack City” as a gangster standing at a bar, and the short “The Happy Moose”. La Motta retired from acting in 1997.

As himself, La Motta has appeared on some talk shows and a number of documentaries.

He was born Giacobe LaMotta on July 10, 1922 in Manhattan (New York City).

Predeceased by his two sons Jake Jr and Joseph, he is survived by his fiancee Denise Baker, children and siblings.


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