Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJanuary 1, 1919
DiedMay 22, 1990, New York City, New York, United States
SpouseNorma Unger
MarkHis left hook
FactReversed 6 of his 10 career defeats.

Rocky Graziano was born on January 1, 1922, in New York City. His parents, Nicola and Pasquale Graziano, were both immigrants from Italy. Rocky had four brothers and sisters. He dropped out of school in the eighth grade and began working odd jobs to help support his family.

Rocky’s career in boxing began when he was arrested for robbery and sent to reform school. It was there that he learned to box. When he was released, he turned professional and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming one of the most popular boxers in the world.

Graziano’s biggest achievement came in 1947, when he won the world middleweight championship. He held the title for less than a year, but his reign was marked by some of the most memorable fights in boxing history, including his three bouts with Sugar Ray Robinson.

After retiring from boxing, Graziano worked as a commentator and actor. He also wrote an autobiography, Somebody Up There Likes Me, which was made into a successful film starring Paul Newman.

Graziano died on May 22, 1990, at the age of 68. His legacy as one of the greatest boxers of all time is secure.

Net worth: $5 million

Salary: $100,000 per year (during his boxing career)

Significant earnings: $1 million (from his 1947 fight with Sugar Ray Robinson)

General Info

Full NameRocky Graziano
Date Of BirthJanuary 1, 1919
DiedMay 22, 1990, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of BirthBrooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.7 m
Weight72 kg
ProfessionActor, Professional Boxer


SpouseNorma Unger
ChildrenAudrey Graziano, Roxie Graziano
ParentsNicola Barbella, Ida Scinto


MoviesTeenage Millionaire, Country Music Holiday, Mister Rock and Roll, Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Doctor and the Playgirl, Night Run
TV ShowsMiami Undercover, Make Me Laugh (original), The Martha Raye Show, The Henny and Rocky Show

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#Marks / Signs
1Powerful right cross
2His left hook


1When I was a kid I stole everything that began with the letter A. A car, a jacket, a....
2Somebody up there likes me.


1Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 348-350. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
2During the 1960s and early 1970s had a restaurant in North Miami, Florida on Biscayne Blvd. called "Rocky Graziano's".
3Lost his last fight by 10 round decision to Chuck Davey on national t.v.
4Refused to throw a fight to Cowboy Shank and was suspended by the New York Boxing Commission for failure to report a bribe.
5His 3 fight series with Tony Zale are considered among the greatest fights in Boxing History.
6Was AWOL from the US Army during World War II and served a one year prison term.
7Scored an upset knockout win over highly-favored Billy Arnold to break into the world ratings.
8His father was a professional boxer who fought under the nickname, Fighting Nick Bob.
9Defeated world champions Freddie"Red"Cochrane(twice by knockout), Tony Zale(KO 6), and Marty Servo(KO 2).
10Won 52 fights by knockout, 11 in the first round.
11Good friends with Martha Raye and Frank Sinatra.
12Reversed 6 of his 10 career defeats.
13Knocked down Sugar Ray Robinson in their 1952 Middleweight Title fight before being knocked out himself in 3 rounds.
14Pro Record: 67-10-6 (52 KOs)
15His autobiography "Somebody Up There Likes Me" was turned into a successful biopic in 1956 starring Paul Newman.
16Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1983.
17World middleweight boxing champion, 1947-1948. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 1991.




Tallahassee 70001961TV SeriesRocky
Naked City1959TV SeriesEddie Gibbs / Lou Curtis
Studio One in Hollywood1956TV SeriesPablo
The Henny and Rocky Show1955TV SeriesHost
All Star Revue1952-1953TV SeriesMartha's Boyfriend / Martha's Boyfriend (Sketch) / Guest Comic Actor
Mod Squad1971TV SeriesDoc Russo
Cauliflower Cupids1970The Rocker
Tony Rome1967Packy
The Doctor and the Playgirl1963
Car 54, Where Are You?1963TV SeriesAntoinne
Miami Undercover1961TV SeriesRocky
Teenage Millionaire1961Rocky aka Edward


Somebody Up There Likes Me1956autobiography


The Sweet Science1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1970-1977TV SeriesHimself - Pro Boxer / Himself - Ex-Pro Boxer / Himself - Pro Boxing Great / ...
The Way It Was1977TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Muhammad Ali1976TV SpecialHimself
Music Country U.S.A.1974TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1973-1974TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1972TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1967-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
Personality1969TV SeriesGame Celebrity / Himself
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV SeriesHimself
The New Life Style (Just to Be Love)1968Himself - U.S. inserts
World Heavyweight Championship: Muhammad Ali vs. Zora Folley1967TV MovieHimself - Guest
The Keefe Brasselle Show1963TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Heavyweight Elimination Contest: Cassius Clay vs. Doug Jones1963Himself - Guest
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958-1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Ex-Boxer
Be Our Guest1960TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1957-1959TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Garry Moore Show1958TV SeriesHimself
Make Me Laugh1958TV SeriesHimself
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom1958TV SeriesHimself
Country Music Holiday1958Himself
Night Beat1957TV Series documentaryHimself
Mister Rock and Roll1957Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956-1957TV SeriesHimself - Boxer / Himself - Guest
Atlantic City Holiday1956TV MovieHimself
The Vic Damone Show1956TV SeriesHimself
The Martha Raye Show1954-1956TV SeriesHimself
The Name's the Same1953-1955TV SeriesHimself - Contestant / Himself - Celebrity Guest / Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1953TV SeriesHimself - Boxer
The Knockout Parade1953Himself - Prize Fighter
Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts1952TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Show1951TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1950TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest

Archive Footage

Secrets of New York2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Bud Greenspan's Reflections2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sweet Science1999TV Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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