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Larry Merchant

  • Feb 11, 1931 (age 88)
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2014
Maravilla
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MovieApr 19, 2014

Maravilla

At 37 years old, time is not on his side. Sergio 'Marvelous' …
At 37 years old, time is not on his side. Sergio 'Marvelous' Martinez can drop the best boxers with his lightning strikes, floor the most beautiful women with his devastating looks, and has a hard-scrabble immigrant story and work ethic that make him the hero of the Latin street. But a willingness to call it the way he sees it and speak truth to power, has left him a virtual pariah in the notorious corrupt world of professional boxing. This is story of a man fighting to fight. But the clock is ticking. It may already be too late.
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2013
Grudge Match
MovieDec 16, 2013

Grudge Match

Henry "Razor" Sharp and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen are two …
Henry "Razor" Sharp and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen are two boxers who thirty years ago were rivals. Just before a big match Razor decides to retire because Billy slept with his girlfriend, Sally Rose and got her pregnant. Today a promoter, Dante Slate wants to have them fight each other but Razor doesn't want to. But when he loses his job and learns he's broke, he has no choice. So he trains under his old trainer. Billy while training, meets B.J., the son he had with Sally Rose and he asks B.J. to train him. And Sally Rose tries to get Razor to forgive her but he can't.
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2010
The Fighter
MovieDec 6, 2010

The Fighter

Known as the "Pride of Lowell (Massachusetts)", Dicky …
Known as the "Pride of Lowell (Massachusetts)", Dicky Eklund Jr.'s primary claim to fame is his 1978 boxing match with Sugar Ray Leonard, where Eklund knocked down Leonard, who eventually won the match. In 1996, Eklund, now a crack addict, is in front of the cameras as an HBO film crew is making a documentary about him, the focus he believes (falsely) to be his boxing comeback at close to age 40. For the past ten years, he has also acted as one of the two trainers for his decade younger half brother, Micky Ward, who is known primarily as a brawler used by other boxers as a stepping stone to better boxers. Both their careers are managed by their domineering mother Alice Ward who believes it better to keep it all in the family. Because of his crack addiction, Dicky is unreliable. A move by Dicky and Alice at one of Micky's fights makes Micky come to the realization that his boxing career is being stalled and perhaps even under-minded by the two, who are only looking out for themselves. This stance is fostered by Micky's new girlfriend, college drop-out and now local bartender Charlene Fleming. As Micky tries boxing life without Dicky and Alice - much to their anger - he has to figure out where they fit into his life, especially as they do not get along with Charlene, if at all. These decisions become all the more important as Micky moves up the ranks and is given a shot at the world welterweight championship.
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2009
30 for 30
TV ShowOct 6, 2009

30 for 30

30 for 30 is the title for a series of documentary films airing on …
30 for 30 is the title for a series of documentary films airing on ESPN, its sister networks, and online highlighting interesting people and events in sports history. This includes three "volumes" of 30 episodes each, a 13-episode series under the ESPN Films Presents title in 2011–2012, and a series of 30 for 30 Shorts shown through the ESPN.com website. The series has also expanded to include Soccer Stories, which aired in advance of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and audio podcasts.
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2006
Rocky Balboa
MovieDec 13, 2006

Rocky Balboa

When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex …
When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging the Itallian Stallion to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. With the odds stacked firmly against him, Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history, a hard-hitting, action-packed battle of the ages.
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2005
The Distance
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MovieSep 1, 2005

The Distance

The Distance released.
2004
ESPN 25: Who's #1?
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TV ShowJun 15, 2004

ESPN 25: Who's #1?

ESPN25: Who's #1? was designed to glitz up the 25th …
ESPN25: Who's #1? was designed to glitz up the 25th anniversary of a network that permanently altered sports journalism and sports in general. Their mission was to present, in crude cinema verité form, the good, bad, and ugly that have left its fingerprints in the sporting community since ESPN debuted September 7, 1979. All the lists are limited to ESPN's first quarter-century and thus are frozen in place.
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2003
Legendary Nights
TV ShowMar 5, 2003

Legendary Nights

Legendary Nights released.
2002
I Spy
MovieOct 23, 2002

I Spy

A professional athlete has to help a U.S. government agent …
A professional athlete has to help a U.S. government agent recover a missing jet.
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2001
Ocean's Eleven
MovieDec 5, 2001

Ocean's Eleven

Danny Ocean wants to score the biggest heist in history. He …
Danny Ocean wants to score the biggest heist in history. He combines an eleven member team, including Frank Catton, Rusty Ryan and Linus Caldwell. Their target? The Bellagio, the Mirage and the MGM Grand. All casinos owned by Terry Benedict. It's not going to be easy, as they plan to get in secretly and out with $150 million.
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Beyond the Glory
TV ShowJan 7, 2001

Beyond the Glory

Beyond the Glory is a documentary series that profiles some of …
Beyond the Glory is a documentary series that profiles some of the most legendary and controversial athletes in recent history. Executive produced by Steve Michaels and Frank Sinton and narrated by Jay Mohr, and later by Roy Firestone, the show used stock footage, on-camera interviews, and photographs of the athletes' lives, who grew up.
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1999
Play It to the Bone
MovieDec 25, 1999

Play It to the Bone

Two aging fighters in LA, friends, get a call from a Vegas …
Two aging fighters in LA, friends, get a call from a Vegas promoter because his undercard fighters for a Mike Tyson bout that night are suddenly unavailable. He wants them to box each other. They agree as long as the winner gets a shot at the middleweight title. They enlist Grace, Cesar's current and Vinnie's ex girlfriend, to drive them to Vegas. On the trip, we see flashbacks to their previous title shots, their competitive friendship, and Grace's motivational wiles. (She has her own entrepreneurial dreams.) The fight itself is historic: ten rounds of savagery and courage. Who will win, who'll get the title shot, who gets Grace, and where will she find venture capital?
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1995
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
TV ShowApr 2, 1995

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Real Sports with Bryant …
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel is a monthly sports newsmagazine on HBO that debuted on April 2, 1995. The show was "spawned by the fact that sports have changed dramatically, that it's no longer just fun and games, and that what happens off the field, beyond the scores, is worthy of some serious reporting," according to Bryant Gumbel, the host.
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1984
1st & Ten
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TV ShowDec 2, 1984

1st & Ten

1st & Ten is an American sitcom that aired between …
1st & Ten is an American sitcom that aired between December 1984 and January 1991 on the cable television network HBO. Featuring series regulars Delta Burke and veteran Reid Shelton, it was one of cable's first attempts to lure the lucrative sitcom audience away from the "Big Three", by taking advantage of their freedom to include occasional cursing and nudity.
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1973
HBO World Championship Boxing
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TV ShowJan 22, 1973

HBO World Championship Boxing

HBO World Championship …
HBO World Championship Boxing is an American sports television series on premium television network HBO, premiering on January 22, 1973. WCB's first event is fought in Kingston, Jamaica, where George Foreman defeated Joe Frazier in two rounds to win the world heavyweight championship.
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1968
The Dick Cavett Show
TV ShowMar 4, 1968

The Dick Cavett Show

The Dick Cavett Show was the title of several talk shows hosted …
The Dick Cavett Show was the title of several talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett on various television networks, including: ABC daytime ABC prime time ABC late night CBS prime time PBS USA Network prime time ABC late night CNBC TCM Cavett taped his programs in New York City.
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1931
Larry Merchant
BirthFebruary 1931

Larry Merchant

Larry Merchant was born.
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