Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom, born this day in 1907, won the lightweight championship title of the world, a title he held until 1934. For the next 34 years or so, he was a familiar Hollywood character actor, in both films and tv, invariably playing a stupid, comical thug or mug. (You can see him in everything from Abbott and Costello and Jerry Lewis movies, to The Munsters). He is also famous for his eponymous show biz night clubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He passed away in 1976.
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[…] this: not only Sullivan and Corbett but Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, and Max Baer. Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom was too late for vaud so he went straight into films and started his own night […]