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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

[ Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem ]
Profile and general info
Family name: Abdul-Jabbar
Birth date: Wednesday, April 16, [67 years old]
Birth place: New York City, New York, USA
Bio
Trivia
  • B.A. from U.C.L.A. [1969]
  • NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points.
  • Graduate of Power Memorial High School, New York City.
  • Enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • Played for the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Milwaukee Bucks (1969-70 thru 1974-75) and Los Angeles Lakers (1975-76 thru 1988-89).
  • Studied Jeet Kune Do Martial arts under Bruce Lee.
  • Only college player to win three Player of the Year awards.
  • Holds the NBA record for Most Valuable Player awards with six.
  • Began wearing goggles on the court due to corneal erosion syndrome, a condition where the eye cornea doesn't produce moisture and begins to dry out.
  • The NCAA outlawed the dunk shot because of his dominance at center for UCLA.
  • Assistant coach for the NBA Los Angeles Clippers, (2000).
  • Holds NBA career records for most minutes (57,446), most points (38,387), most field goals made (15,837) and most field goals attempted (28,307). First player in NBA history to play 20 seasons. Led NBA in scoring (1971-31.7 ppg, 1972-34.8 ppg). Led NBA in rebounding (1976-16.9 rpg). Led NBA in blocked shots (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980). NBA MVP (1971-72, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980). NBA Rookie of the Year (1970). All NBA First Team (1971-74, 1976-77, 1980-81, 1984, 1986). NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974-75, 1979-81). NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985).
  • NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team (1980). NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996).
  • Played for UCLA (1965-69). The Sporting News College Player of the Year (1967, 1969). Three-time First Team All-America (1967-69). Two-time National Player of the Year (1967, 1969). Three-time NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1967-69). Naismith Award winner (1969). Leading scorer in UCLA history. Led NCAA with .667 field goal percentage (1967) and .635 field goal percentage (1969).
  • Played in 18 NBA All-Star Games (1970-1977, 1979-89).
  • Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament wrote a song about him based on the urban myth that he lost all of his money investing in hotels for tall people. The song, entitled "Sweet Lew," appears on the album "Lost Dogs."
  • Grandparents are originally from Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.
  • Father was a transit police officer in New York City.
  • Father of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
  • Retired from the NBA in 1989.
  • Diagnosed with leukemia in December, 2008.
Filmography
As an actor:
  • 2008 The Sarah Silverman Program.
  • 2006 Whitepaddy
  • 2002 The Tim McCarver Show
  • 1996 Martin
  • 1995 Slam Dunk Ernest
  • 1994 The Stand
  • 1993 Matrix
  • 1991 Uncle Buck
  • 1991 Amen
  • 1990 21 Jump Street
  • 1989 Jake Spanner, Private Eye
  • 1987 Bustin' Loose
  • 1987 Diff'rent Strokes
  • 1985 Tales from the Darkside
  • 1980 Airplane! as Roger Murdock
  • 1977 Man from Atlantis
  • 1977 Laugh-In
  • 1974 Emergency!
  • 1971 Mannix
As a producer:
  • 2011 On the Shoulders of Giants
  • 1994 The Vernon Johns Story
  • 1989 All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Self:
  • Tavis Smiley
  • Mike and Mike in the Morning
  • 2010 The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
  • 2010 Stand Up to Cancer
  • 2010 Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • 2010 Entertainment Tonight
  • 2010 Jeopardy!
  • 2009 The Brian McKnight Show
  • 2009 Late Show with David Letterman
  • 2009 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
  • 2009 How Bruce Lee Changed the World
  • 2009 The Girls Next Door
  • 2008 Chabad: To Life Telethon
  • 2008 Today
  • 2008 Yes We Can
  • 2008 The Black List: Volume One
  • 2007 Stars on Stars
  • 2007 The Apprentice
  • 2007 Ali's 65
  • 2006 Ali Rap
  • 2006 ESPN 25: Who's #1?
  • 2006 The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
  • 2006 The Real: Rucker Park Legends
  • 2006 Scrubs
  • 2006 Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith
  • 2006 ESPN Hollywood
  • 2006 The Drop
  • 2005 Untitled David Diamond/David Weissman Project
  • 2005 ESPN SportsCentury
  • 2004 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn
  • 2004 Dennis Miller
  • 2004 The Daily Show
  • 2004 Hollywood Squares
  • 2003 2003 Trumpet Awards
  • 2000 Bruce Lee in G.O.D.: Shibôteki yûgi
  • 2000 Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey
  • 2000 Late Night with Conan O'Brien
  • 2000 The Brian Benben Show
  • 1999 Famous Families
  • 1998 Saved by the Bell: The New Class
  • 1998 BASEketball
  • 1998 The Gregory Hines Show
  • 1998 The Path of the Dragon
  • 1997 Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz
  • 1997 Biography
  • 1997 Boston Common
  • 1997 Living Single
  • 1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault
  • 1996 Everybody Loves Raymond
  • 1996 The 68th Annual Academy Awards
  • 1996 Buddies
  • 1996 The Critic
  • 1995 Forget Paris
  • 1995 A Night to Die for
  • 1995 Full House
  • 1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • 1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks
  • 1994 In Living Color
  • 1994 Phenom
  • 1994 The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson
  • 1993 Third Annual Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam
  • 1993 The Curse of the Dragon
  • 1992 One on One with John Tesh
  • 1991 New Kids on the Block at Disney-MGM Studios: Wildest Dreams
  • 1991 Good Sports
  • 1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special
  • 1990 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
  • 1989 All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • 1989 Troop Beverly Hills
  • 1989 The Arsenio Hall Show
  • 1989 21st NAACP Image Awards
  • 1989 NBA Awesome Endings
  • 1988 Ebony/Jet Showcase
  • 1988 1988 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1987 Stingray
  • 1987 1987 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1986 Ask Max
  • 1986 The New Hollywood Squares
  • 1986 The 7th Annual Black Achievement Awards
  • 1985 Rock 'n' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular
  • 1985 Fletch
  • 1984 Pryor's Place
  • 1984 Olympic Gala
  • 1984 ABC Afterschool Specials
  • 1984 1984 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1983 1983 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1982 1982 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1980 Games People Play
  • 1979 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
  • 1979 Stridulum
  • 1977 Dinah!
  • 1977 The Way It Was
  • 1977 1977 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1976 Cos
  • 1976 1976 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1975 1975 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1974 1974 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1973 Cavalcade of Champions
  • 1972 1972 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1971 1971 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1970 1970 NBA All-Star Game
  • 1967 The Bob Hope Show

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Movies

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City HunterCity Hunter

Sing Si Lip Yan

as Fighter on Film #2 in Ship's Theater
(archive footage) (uncredited)

Year: 1993

 




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