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Short Info

Net Worth$100 Thousand
Date Of BirthJanuary 12, 1944
DiedNovember 7, 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
SpouseFlorence Smith
FactHeavyweight boxing gold medalist, 1964 Olympics.

Joe Frazier, nicknamed “Smokin’ Joe”, was an American professional boxer who competed from 1965 to 1981. He was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world from 1970 to 1973, and as an amateur won a gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Frazier was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina, the seventh of 12 children of Dolly Alston-Frazier and Rubin Frazier. His parents were poor sharecroppers of African descent. Rubin Frazier had left his family at age 16, and Joe never met him. Dolly Frazier worked as a maid and laundress to support her large family. The family moved to New York City when Frazier was about six. Frazier’s first job was as a horse stable boy.

Frazier began boxing when he was about 15 years old, winning his first amateur bout by knockout. He won the New York Golden Gloves championship in 1963 and 1964 in the heavyweight division. In 1964, Frazier represented the United States at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, winning a gold medal.

Frazier turned professional in 1965, and won his first 19 fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. In 1967, he won the vacant New York State Athletic Commission world heavyweight title with a fifth-round knockout of Buster Mathis. In 1970, Frazier fought Muhammad Ali for the first time, in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century”. Frazier won by unanimous decision to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

Frazier defended his title three times, defeating Ali in a rematch in 1971 (known as “The Fight of the Century, Part II”), George Foreman in 1973 (known as “The Sunshine Showdown”), and Ken Norton in 1973 (known as “The Thrilla in Manila”). In 1974, Frazier lost his title to Ali in a rematch (known as “The Rumble in the Jungle”). Frazier continued to fight, but never regained the heavyweight title. He retired from boxing in 1981 with a record of 32 wins (27 by knockout) and 4 losses.

Frazier had a net worth of $5 million at the time of his death. He earned most of his income from boxing purses and endorsements. In 1970, he earned $1 million for his fight with Muhammad Ali. In 1971, he earned $2.5 million for his rematch with Ali. In 1973, he earned $5 million for his fight with George Foreman.

Frazier married Florence Smith in 1967. They had four children together: two sons (Marvis and Joe Jr.) and two daughters (Jacqui and Weatta). Frazier and Smith divorced in 1985. Frazier married his second wife, Mary Jo Wade, in 1986. They had one son together, Rodney. Frazier and Wade divorced in 1999.

Frazier was 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 210 pounds (95 kg) during his boxing career. He had a reach of 73 inches (1.85 m).

General Info

Full NameJoe Frazier
Net Worth$100 Thousand
Date Of BirthJanuary 12, 1944
DiedNovember 7, 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height1.82 m
Weight104 kg
ProfessionProfessional Boxer, Actor


SpouseFlorence Smith
ChildrenMarvis Frazier, Jackie Frazier-Lyde, Joe Frazier Jr.
ParentsDolly Frazier, Rubin Frazier
SiblingsTommy Frazier


MoviesGhost Fever, Home of Angels, Champions Forever: The Definitive Edition, Thriller in Manila, Ali the Fighter
TV ShowsThe Simpsons, The Next Great Champ, Secret Talents of the Stars

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1The way I fight, it's not me beatin' the man. I make the man whip himself.
2[on acquiring his nickname, 'Smokin' Joe' from his trainer] He used to say in the dressing-room, before sending me out to fight, "Go out there, goddammit, and make smoke come from those gloves."
3Ali always said I would be nothing without him. But what would he have been without me?
4[on the origin of his famously destructive left hook] When I was a boy, I used to pull a big cross saw with my dad. He'd use his right hand, so I'd have to use my left.
5[on his major victory over Muhammad Ali in 1971] He said if I whipped him that night he would get on his knees, crawl across the ring and say 'You are the greatest''. But he didn't do that. I think he was trying to get to the hospital.


1Diagnosed with liver cancer [November 5, 2011].
2Made two successful title defenses as undisputed World Heavyweight Champion.
3Undefeated in his first 29 fights.
4His last fight was a controversial 10 round draw with 'Floyd ¨Jumbo¨Cummingsñ'. Frazier retired after the fight.
5Only losses were to Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
6Defeated world champions Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Ellis and Bob Foster.
7His nephew, Rodney Frazier, was a heavyweight boxer.
8His daughter, Jackie Frazier, is a professional boxer and won her first 9 fights by knockout, before losing to Laila Ali.
9His son, Hector, fought as Joe Frazier Jr..
10His son, Marvis Frazier, was a title challenger, losing to both Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson by first round knockout.
11Inducted into the U.S. Olymic Hall of Fame, 1989.
12First man to ever beat Muhammad Ali in the ring (their first fight is widely considered the greatest boxing match in history).
13Pro Record: 32-4-1 (27)
14Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1990. (Not the same organization as the International Boxing Hall of Fame.)
15Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 1990.
16World heavyweight boxing champion, 1970-1973.
17Heavyweight boxing gold medalist, 1964 Olympics.




Gregory Way TV2011TV SeriesSmokin Joe
Bocce Balls2005Boxing Trainer
Home of Angels1994Thadious
Ghost Fever1986Terrible Tucker
The Jeffersons1985TV SeriesJoe Frazier
Movin' On1975TV SeriesCpl. Brooks, Atlantic-fleet champ


The Fight2004TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode


20th Annual Trumpet Awards2012TV Special in memory of
Top Rank Live2011TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
The Bad Penny2011very special thanks
American Gangster2007the filmmakers wish to thank


Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears2011DocumentaryHimself
Facing Ali2009DocumentaryHimself
The Apprentice2009TV SeriesHimself - Boxing Legend
Thrilla in Manila2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Golden Goal2008TV SeriesHimself
Se on siinä2007TV SeriesHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2006-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2007TV SeriesHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2006TV SeriesHimself
Football Top 10 & Boxing Top 102006VideoHimself
The Simpsons1992-2006TV SeriesHimself
The Southern Sports Awards 20052005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
CenterStage2005TV Series documentaryHimself
McEnroe2004TV SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Next Great Champ2004TV SeriesHimself
WWE Raw2002TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
Jim Brown: All American2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
TV Funhouse2001TV SeriesHimself
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Just the Ticket1999/IHimself
Howard Stern1996TV SeriesHimself
A Whole New Ballgame1995TV SeriesHimself
Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration1992TV SpecialHimself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1989TV SeriesHimself
Wogan1989TV SeriesHimself / Herself
Champions Forever1989DocumentaryHimself
Frank's Place1987TV SeriesHimself
WrestleMania 21986TV MovieHimself
WWF Championship Wrestling1986TV SeriesHimself
We Are Family1983TV MovieHimself
In This Corner: Joe Frazier1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1978TV Series documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1978TV Series documentaryHimself
Greatest Sports Legends1977TV SeriesHimself
Super Night at the Super Bowl1977TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1970-1976TV SeriesHimself - Pro Boxer / Guest / Himself
The Big Fight: Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier1975Documentary shortHimself
HBO Boxing1973-1975TV Series documentaryHimself
The Norman Gunston Show1975TV SeriesHimself
ABC's Wide World of Sports1974-1975TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Joe Frazier vs. Jerry Quarry1974TV MovieHimself
All in a Day1974TV Series documentaryHimself
Parkinson1974TV SeriesHimself
The Fighters1974DocumentaryHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1969-1973TV SeriesHimself - Pro Boxer / Himself - Special Guest / Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
World's Heavyweight Championship Bout: Joe Frazier vs. George Foreman1973TV MovieHimself
World Heavyweight Championship: Joe Frazier vs. Ron Stander1972TV MovieHimself
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Fight of the Century1971TV MovieHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
World's Heavyweight Championship Bout: Joe Frazier vs. Bob Foster1970TV MovieHimself
The Dean Martin Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Joe Frazier vs. Jimmy Ellis1970TV MovieHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself - Audience Bow
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee1969DocumentaryHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Joe Frazier vs. Manuel Ramos1968Himself
Joe Frazier vs. Buster Mathis1968Himself
Oscar Bonavena vs. Joe Frazier1966TV MovieHimself
Joe Frazier vs. Eddie Machen1966Himself
Tokyo 1964: Games of the XVIII Olympiad1964TV Mini-SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Fight2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Beyond the Glory2004TV Series documentaryHimself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentaryHimself
Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Hurricane1999Himself (uncredited)
The Sweet Science1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHimself
Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Wide World of Sports 35th Anniversary Special1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
When We Were Kings1996DocumentaryHimself
Encino Man1992Himself (uncredited)
ABC's Wide World of Sports 30th Anniversary Special1991TV MovieHimself
ABC's Wide World of Sports1976TV SeriesHimself
Mike & Mike2016TV SeriesHimself
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Former World Heavyweight Champion (as The Late Joe Frazier)
American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Ali: Still the Greatest2012TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Six O'Clock News2011TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2007TV SeriesHimself

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