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Rocky Graziano

  • Original Name Thomas Rocco Barbella
  • Birth 1 Jan 1919 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 22 May 1990 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Locust Valley, Nassau County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 4563

Professional Boxer. Born Thomas Rocco Barbella, he held the title of Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World from 1947 to 1948. He is best remembered for 3 intense championship bouts with Tony "The Man of Steel" Zale within 21 months. In 1991, he and Zale were inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame together. He was portrayed by actor Paul Newman in the autobiographical movie, "Somebody Up There Likes Me" (1956). After his boxing career, he appeared as an actor in films, including "Tony Rome" (1967), and on television, including "Miami Undercover," (1961).


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 14 Feb 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4563
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rocky Graziano (1 Jan 1919–22 May 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4563, citing Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, Nassau County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .