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Archie Moore
Original name: Archibald Lee Wright
Birth: Dec. 13, 1913
Death: Dec. 7, 1998

World's Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Character Actor. He pummeled and was pummeled by many opponents while enduring a boxing career which began in Hot Springs, Arkansas at 22 and ended at age 49, considered one of the most amazing examples of longevity in sports. He held the light heavyweight boxing title for 11 of the 27 years in the ring. He fought 234 times, winning 199, with eight draws Late in life, he had a fling at Hollywood debuting as the runaway slave "Jim" while acting and then singing in MGM's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Others..."Carpetbaggers" "The Hanged Man" "The Outfit" and "Breakheart Pass." Notable TV Guest Appearances..."Perry Mason" "Wagon Train" "Batman" "Shane" "Family Affair" and "The Fall Guy." He was born in Benoit, Mississippi as Archibald Lee. His father deserted the family when he was an infant and his mother was but thirteen. He was raised by an aunt and uncle,Willie Pearl and Cleveland Moore in St. Louis subsequently using their name as his own. He had some talent as a musician but at age 15, after a brief stay in reform school where he learned to box, he pursued a career in that sport. Archie was a classic throwback to the early days of boxing in the old West. He would fight anyone, anywhere and move from town to town to his next bout. He moved up on occasion, put on weight, and fought as a heavyweight. His bout with Rocky Marcano for the heavyweight title in 1955 staged at Yankee Stadium with 61,574 paying, looked on as it took Rocky nine rounds to knock out old man Moore who gave the champ the fight of his career. Life after boxing was productive for Archie. He did not drift far from the sport, serving as a trainer and manager. He was George Foreman's advisor and cornerman when he took the heavyweight championship from Joe Fracier in 1973 and 3 years later, served as the coach of the Nigerian boxing team in the Olympics. He had a budding acting career. Archie lived modestly in San Diego in a home near Interstate 15 on "C" street which he referred to as "Easy Street" with a distinguishing feature, a swimming pool shaped like a boxing glove. Although his schooling was dismal and limited, he developed on his own, a talent as a speaker and the ability to write. Never a smoker nor a drinker, he traveled the world as an ambassador for the sport, a model for youngsters, giving motivation speeches to underprivileged youngster imploring them to stay in school while enlarging on the evils of alcohol and drugs. He also opened a restaurant, a gym that trained boxers and a pet project started in 1965, his "Any Boy Can" program, which encouraged at -risk youngsters to stay away from drugs and violence. His expertise was sought by none other than President Eisenhower, who invited Moore to the White House to join a group fighting juvenile delinquency. The champion had a soft spot for youth, having learned from his own stretch in a reformatory. He experienced major health problems in 1994, undergoing a triple bypass which slowed him. In extremely poor health, he was taken to a San Diego Hospice where a heart attack claimed him a few days prior to his 85th birthday. A memorial service officiated by San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender was held and his biographer Mike Fitzgerald detailed Moore's life and generosity over the years. His body was cremated according to his wishes and his elaborate urn is displayed in a glass-fronted niche at Cypress View Mausoleum. Legacy...Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1980 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 1990. He co-authored his autobiography with Mike Fitzgerald; "The Ageless Warrior: The Life of Boxing Legend Archie Moore." He attempted a run at politics throwing in his hat for the post of a city councilman. Archie Moore Road located outside of Ramona, California bears his name.. The County honored him by naming this once dirt road after him in deference to a ranch he once owned here and developed into a boxing training site, which he called the "Salt Mine." Finally on a personal note...Remembering as a student in a middle class, all white high school, Archie, who was then world champion, addressed my school assemblage with his halting, ghetto, error prone English, imploring everyone to stay in school and outlining the evils of drink. Then this gracious, extraordinary man thanked everyone for the gift he received for his troubles-a cheap suitcase hastily purchased from the local J.C. Penny store saying, "I will remember you every time I use this trunk in my travels." Sadly, he had to be fed in the school cafeteria as all the restaurants in town were segregated. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 

Cause of death: Heart failure
 
Burial:
Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: Apostle Gallery, niche 401, in an urn
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 02, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 4247
Archie Moore
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