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Ernie Terrell (1939–2014)

Ernie Terrell at one time was considered the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the world, at least to the World Boxing Association who had stripped Muhammad Ali of his world championship after he met Sonny Liston in a rematch in 1965. At almost 6 feet 7 inches tall, Terrell has an outstanding amateur boxing background winning a Golden Gloves boxing ... See full bio »

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 1979 The Duke (TV Series)
- The Pilot: Duke (1979)
 1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
- King of the Dwsari (1968) ... Zwaka
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 2009 Facing Ali (Documentary)
 2007 Ali's 65 (TV Movie documentary)
 2006 Ali's Dozen (TV Series)
- Episode dated 9 December 2006 (2006) ... Himself
 2000 ESPN SportsCentury (TV Series documentary)
- Muhammad Ali (2000) ... Himself
 1995 Dramatic Moments in Black Sports History (TV Movie documentary)
 1970 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Himself - Audience Bow
- Episode #23.21 (1970) ... Himself - Audience Bow
 1964-1969 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
- Episode dated 12 May 1969 (1969) ... Himself
- Episode dated 5 January 1966 (1966) ... Himself
- Episode dated 2 December 1964 (1964) ... Himself
 1967 ABC's Wide World of Sports (TV Series)
- Episode dated 4 February 1967 (1967) ... Himself
 1967 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series)
Himself - Singer
- Episode #4.19 (1967) ... Himself - Singer (as Ernie Terrell and the Heavyweights)
 1963-1964 Fight of the Week (TV Series)
- Episode dated 10 July 1964 (1964) ... Himself
- Episode dated 27 July 1963 (1963) ... Himself
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 2019 What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (Documentary)
 2016 Muhammad Ali: The Greatest (TV Movie documentary)
 2013 The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Documentary)
 2000 Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible (TV Movie documentary)

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Other Works:

Singer from 1968-1970. Boxing promoter from 1974 to present.

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1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ernie Terrell and the Heavyweights


6' 6½" (1.99 m)

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[talking about the damage Muhammad Ali inflicted on him during their match] I had a great chance to win that fight. I was bigger than Ali at that point. But during the second round of the fight, we got caught in a headlock and he took his thumb and poked it in my eye. And my eye slits like it's an egg, that's what the doctors explained to me. See more »


Brother of Jean Terrell. See more »


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