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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 6, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, lyricist, professional athlete

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Abandoned by his convict father before he was a year old, Shaquille O'Neal channeled his childhood anger into a remarkable career with the National Basketball Association. Drafted out of college by the Orlando Magic in 1992, he was named Rookie of the Year at the close of his first pro season. At 7'1" tall and 300 lbs., "Shaq" was a magnet for media attention. He made a credible dramatic debut in Paramount's college basketball drama "Blue Chips" (1994), but the film's poor reception set the tone for his critically savaged star turns in Disney's fantastical "Kazaam" (1996) and "Steel" (1997), an adaptation of the DC superhero comic book. Rebounding with a string of gold and platinum-selling rap albums, O'Neal scored on the basketball court with the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he led to three consecutive championships. Not satisfied with fame and wealth, or with leading the American Dream Team to Olympic gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics, O'Neal surprised his fans by becoming a reserve police officer after his trade to the Miami Heat in 2004. Plagued by injuries as a member of the Boston Celtics, O'Neal retired from professional sports in 2011. Colorful, larger than life, and largely untouched by off-court...

Abandoned by his convict father before he was a year old, Shaquille O'Neal channeled his childhood anger into a remarkable career with the National Basketball Association. Drafted out of college by the Orlando Magic in 1992, he was named Rookie of the Year at the close of his first pro season. At 7'1" tall and 300 lbs., "Shaq" was a magnet for media attention. He made a credible dramatic debut in Paramount's college basketball drama "Blue Chips" (1994), but the film's poor reception set the tone for his critically savaged star turns in Disney's fantastical "Kazaam" (1996) and "Steel" (1997), an adaptation of the DC superhero comic book. Rebounding with a string of gold and platinum-selling rap albums, O'Neal scored on the basketball court with the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he led to three consecutive championships. Not satisfied with fame and wealth, or with leading the American Dream Team to Olympic gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics, O'Neal surprised his fans by becoming a reserve police officer after his trade to the Miami Heat in 2004. Plagued by injuries as a member of the Boston Celtics, O'Neal retired from professional sports in 2011. Colorful, larger than life, and largely untouched by off-court scandal, Shaquille O'Neal distinguished himself in a multi-hyphenate career as a role model for disadvantaged youth and young athletes alike, and as the embodiment of a bona fide American success story.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lego Movie, The (2014)
2.
 Blended (2014)
3.
 Smurfs 2, The (2013)
4.
 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
5.
 Jack and Jill (2011)
6.
 When in Rome (2010)
7.
 House Bunny, The (2008)
8.
 Scary Movie 4 (2006)
9.
 Kid & I, The (2005)
10.
 After the Sunset (2004) Himself
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Milestones close milestones

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Reached an astonishing 6'6 by age 13
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Obtained basketball scholarship for Louisiana State University
1991:
Named first All American Player
1992:
Taken first overall in NBA draft by the Orlando Magic
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Became first rookie to win Player Of The Week honors
1993:
Named Rookie Of The Year
1993:
Released debut album <i>Shaq Diesel</i>
1994:
Made feature film debut in "Blue Chips"
1996:
Obtained gold medal with U.S. basketball team at Atlanta Olympic Games
1996:
Became free agent and joined the Los Angeles Lakers
1996:
Signed with Crystall Beach Entertainment to executive produce pilot for Fox
1996:
Landed first film starring role in "Kazaam"; also made executive producing debut
1997:
Starred in action feature film "Steel"
1998:
Signed with A&R Records
2000:
Became first unanimous Most Valuable Player in NBA history
2000:
Won NBA titles with the Lakers; named NBA Finals MVP three years in a row
2001:
Cast in feature comedy "The Wash"
2004:
Played for the Miami Heat; team won 2006 NBA Finals
2006:
Made cameo in horror spoof "Scary Movie 4"
2007:
Executive produced and starred on ABC reality series "Shaq's Big Challenge"
2008:
Played for the Phoenix Suns
2009:
Traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers
2010:
Signed with the Boston Celtics
2012:
Received Ed.D. degree in Human Resource Development at Barry University
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Education

Cole High School: San Antonio , Texas -
Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge , Louisiana - 2000

Notes

"There's a misconception that goes around about me, that I do a lot of things. But I really don't. Basketball is so easy for me. I just practice two hours a day during the season. During the summer is when I do all of my peripheral activities."--O'NealEonline.com

"I told Laker's owner Jerry Buss I would've come here for $50 million. Money is no inducement to me, because I am mentally rich. Materialism--all the clothes, all the cars, all the houses--they don't mean anything. I have five important things in my life, and family is number one. The best thing for me is when my mother and my friends tell me they love me, and my daughter says 'Da Da.' "--O'Neal Eonline.com

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Arnetta. Mother of daughter Taahirah.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Joseph Tooney. Abandoned family when Shaq was 6 months old; claimed to have had a drug problem.
mother:
Lucille O'Neal. Municipal worker.
step-father:
Sgt Philip Harrison. Military.
sister:
Lateefah. Father Philip Harrison.
sister:
Ayesha. Father Philip Harrison.
brother:
Jamal. Father Philip Harrison.
daughter:
Taahirah. Born on July 19, 1996; mother Arnetta.
son:
Shareef. Born c. 2000; mother Shaunie.
daughter:
Amirah. Born c. 2001; mother Shaunie.
step-son:
Myles. Born c. 1997; mother Shaunie.
son:
Shaquir Rashaun. Born April 19, 2003; mother Shaunie.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Shaq Talks Back: The Uncensored Word on My Life and Winning in the NBA"

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