Short Info

SpouseDenise Baker, Vikki LaMotta
MarkAggressive unrelenting fighting style
FactHis brother Joey was also a professional boxer.

Jake LaMotta was born on July 10, 1922, in the Bronx, New York. His parents were immigrants from Italy. He had two brothers and three sisters. His father was a coal miner and his mother was a homemaker. Jake LaMotta was a tough kid who was always getting into fights. He dropped out of school in the eighth grade and began working as a bouncer and a loan shark. In 1941, he started boxing professionally.

Jake LaMotta was nicknamed “The Raging Bull” because of his aggressive fighting style. He had a record of 83 wins, 19 losses, and 4 draws. He was the world middleweight champion from 1949 to 1951. He is best known for his six fights with Sugar Ray Robinson. LaMotta retired from boxing in 1954.

After retirement, Jake LaMotta opened a nightclub and became an actor. He appeared in several films, including “The Hustler” and “Raging Bull,” for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

Jake LaMotta died on September 19, 2017, at the age of 95. His net worth was estimated to be $30 million.

General Info

Full NameJake LaMotta
Height1.73 m
Weight76 kg
ProfessionActor, Businessperson, Screenwriter, Professional Boxer, Stand-up comedian


SpouseDenise Baker, Vikki LaMotta
ChildrenChristi LaMotta, Joseph LaMotta, Stephanie LaMotta, Jake LaMotta, Jr.
SiblingsJoey LaMotta


MoviesThe Bronx Bull, Mob War, Hangmen, Raging Bull, Firepower, Confessions of a Psycho Cat, The Hustler, Question D'honneur

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#Marks / Signs
1Aggressive unrelenting fighting style
2Staying within punching distance of His opponent in order to land blows
3Lean but Muscular build
4Incredible capacity for taking punches from opponents


1[on Robert De Niro] Bobby's a main-event fighter. I'm not kidding. He's thirty-five, but he moves and hits like a nineteen-year-old. Anytime he wants to quit acting I could easily make him into a champion. He's that good.
2The three toughest fighters I've ever been up against were Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Sugar Ray Robinson. I fought Sugar so many times, I'm surprised I'm not diabetic! But I did have him off the canvas once...when he stepped over my body to leave the ring.


1A poster advertising one of his fights can be seen in The Godfather (1972) in the scene in which Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is shot. Robert De Niro later won Oscars for playing both the younger Corleone in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and LaMotta himself in Raging Bull (1980). DeNiro's final scene in that film references Brando's previous Oscar-winning role in On the Waterfront (1954).
3Was turned down for service in World War II due to a mastoid operation on one of his ears.
4His nephew John LaMotta is also a boxer turned actor.
5A poster of him, promoting one of his historic fights, can be seen in The Godfather (1972), in the scene where Don Corlone (Marlon Brando) is shot.
6Uncle of William Lustig.
7Made an unsuccessful comeback in 1954, losing his last fight at Miami Beach to Billy Kilgore.
8Owned and operated a night-club on Miami Beach called Jake Lamotta's.
9Claimed in the film Raging Bull (1980) that he was never knocked down, when in fact he was knocked down by Danny Nardico in a fight in Coral Gables, Florida.
10His brother Joey was also a professional boxer.
11Claimed he took a "dive" in his loss to Billy Fox who was 49-1 with 49 knockouts.
12Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1986.
13Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 1990.
14World middleweight boxing champion, 1949-1951.




Question d'honneur1997Short
The Happy Moose1995ShortBull (voice, as The Evil Cat)
New Jack City1991Gangster standing at bar. (uncredited)
Mob War1989Don Ricci
Maniac Cop1988Detective
Hangmen1987Moe Boone
Firepower1979Nickel Sam
Who Killed Mary Whats'ername?1971Bartender (as Jake Lamotta)
Cauliflower Cupids1970Gentle Jim
Confessions of a Psycho Cat1968Rocco
La violenza dei dannati1965
The Runaways1965Joe Senken
The Doctor and the Playgirl1963
Car 54, Where Are You?1962-1963TV SeriesBugsy / Muscles McGuirk / Duke Thornton / ...
The Hustler1961Bartender
Rebellion in Cuba1961Julio
All Star Revue1953TV SeriesRocky's Pal


The Bronx Bull2015based on the book by
Raging Bull1980based on the book by - as Jake La Motta


The Bronx Bull2015consultant
Raging Bull1980consultant - as Jake La Motta


The Real Rocky2011TV MovieHimself - Friars Club Roast
Resurrecting the Champ2007Himself (voice)
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story2005DocumentaryHimself
Bud Greenspan's Reflections2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Films2001TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Jake La Motta)
The Sweet Science1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Howard Stern Show1992TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHimself
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (as Jake La Motta)
Evening Magazine1981TV SeriesHimself
The Way It Was1976TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971-1972TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Audience Bow
The New Life Style (Just to Be Love)1968Himself - U.S. inserts
Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts1951-1952TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Biography2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sweet Science1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights and Dark Shadows of a Champion1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
A.k.a. Cassius Clay1970DocumentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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