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DiedMay 15, 1998, New York City, New York, United States
FactBasketball player.

Earl Manigault was born in Harlem, New York on November 24, 1944. His parents were both African American and his father worked as a janitor while his mother was a homemaker. He had four siblings, two brothers and two sisters. Earl Manigault was a gifted athlete from a young age and excelled in both basketball and track and field. He attended the prestigious DeWitt Clinton High School where he continued to excel in both sports. After high school, he was offered a basketball scholarship to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas but opted to instead play professionally for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Manigault’s career with the Globetrotters was short-lived however, as he was soon drafted into the NBA by the Baltimore Bullets. He played for the Bullets for two seasons before being traded to the New York Knicks. He would go on to play for the Knicks for four seasons before being traded back to the Bullets. He would finish his NBA career with the Bullets, playing a total of six seasons in the league.

After his NBA career ended, Manigault’s life took a turn for the worse. He became addicted to crack cocaine and ended up homeless and living on the streets of Harlem. He was eventually able to get clean and turned his life around. He became a drug counselor and spoke out against drug use. He also wrote a book about his life called “Rebound: The Earl Manigault Story”.

Earl Manigault died of a heart attack on May 18, 1998 at the age of 53. His legacy as one of the greatest streetball players of all time lives on however, and he is still remembered fondly by those who knew him.

Manigault was inducted into the Streetball Hall of Fame in 2006.

General Info

Full NameEarl Manigault
DiedMay 15, 1998, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.85 m
ProfessionBasketball player
EducationJohnson C. Smith University


ChildrenDarrin Manigault
ParentsMary Manigault


NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

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Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault1996TV Movie consultant


The Real: Rucker Park Legends2006Video documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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