Known for movies

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DiedMarch 31, 1931, Bazaar
SpouseBonnie Gwendoline Skiles
FactInterred at Highland Cemetary in South Bend, Indiana.

Knute Kenneth Rockne was born on March 4, 1888, in Voss, Norway. His parents, Martha and Ole Rockne, were both Norwegian immigrants. Knute had two older sisters, Inga and Gertrude, and a younger brother, Oscar. The family immigrated to the United States when Knute was five years old and settled in Chicago.

Knute attended public schools in Chicago and graduated from high school in 1906. He enrolled at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on a football scholarship. Rockne played halfback for the Notre Dame football team from 1908 to 1913. He was a member of the team that won the national championship in 1909.

After graduation, Rockne began his coaching career at Notre Dame. He quickly developed a reputation as one of the most innovative and successful coaches in college football history. His teams won three national championships (1919, 1920, and 1924) and had a record of 105 wins, 12 losses, and 5 ties.

Rockne was also responsible for popularizing the forward pass in football. He is credited with inventing the ” Notre Dame Box,” a formation that featured four backs in a square formation that was designed to open up the field for the quarterback to throw the ball.

Rockne died in a plane crash on March 31, 1931, while en route to California. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

Rockne’s net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be $200,000 (equivalent to $3.4 million in 2018).

General Info

Full NameKnute Rockne
DiedMarch 31, 1931, Bazaar
ProfessionAmerican football player, American Football coach
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame


SpouseBonnie Gwendoline Skiles
ParentsLars Knutson Rokne, Martha Pedersdatter Gjermo


AwardsSI's All-time College All-Stars

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1Inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1951.
2Interred at Highland Cemetary in South Bend, Indiana.
3Head football coach at Notre Dame from 1918 to 1930. Compiled a 105-12-5 record. His .881 lifetime winning percentage is still the highest of all time among college football coaches. Coached Notre Dame to consensus national championships in 1924, 1929 and 1930.
4Delivered his now-famous "Win one for the Gipper" speech at halftime during the 1928 Notre Dame-Army game.
5Was captain of the 1913 Notre Dame team that popularized the forward pass in their 35-13 upset win over Army.
6Always insisted that his given name was properly pronounced with the "k" sound, i.e., "kuh-nute," rather than with a silent "k," as it usually is, i.e., "nute."
7His cousin Judge Russell Rockne Leggett presided over the murder case of schoolmistress Jean Harris, who was convicted of killing the "Scarsdale Diet" author, Dr. Herman Tarnower.
8Pictured on a 22¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued in his honor, issued 9 March 1988.



Backfield Play1931Short
Famous Plays1931Short
Various Shifts1931Short script / story
Offensive System1931Short

Archive Footage

A Football Life2013TV SeriesHimself
Glemte Helter2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Sports on the Silver Screen1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Idols of the Game1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (segment "Love and Money")
Babe Ruth: The Man, the Myth, the Legend1990Video shortHimself
Wake Up the Echoes: The History of Notre Dame Football1982Video documentaryHimself - Head Coach, 1918-1930
The Legend of Rudolph Valentino1961Video documentaryHimself
The Twentieth Century1958TV Series documentaryHimself
Project XX1956TV Series documentaryHimself - Football Coach
When Sports Were King1954Documentary shortHimself - Notre Dame Football Coach
Touchdown Town1951ShortCoach Knute Rockne
Fifty Years Before Your Eyes1950DocumentaryHimself
The Golden Twenties1950DocumentaryHimself
Sport's Golden Age1948ShortHimself - Notre Dame Football Coach
Football Fanfare1946Documentary shortHimself - Notre Dame Football Coach
I Am an American1944ShortCoach Knute Rockne (uncredited)
Sports Immortals1939Documentary shortHimself
The Spirit of Notre Dame1931Himself
Carry On1931ShortHimself
Various Shifts1931ShortHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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