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Also Known As: Orenthal James Simpson, O.J. Simpson Died:
Born: July 9, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: sports commentator, actor, football player

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Arguably one of the best running backs in NFL history, Simpson gained celebrity carrying the ball for the Buffalo Bills. With a broad handsome face and winning smile, his transition from sports hero to performer was a natural one. Simpson began his off-field assignments by hosting segments of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" and popping up in movies such as "The Klansman", opposite Richard Burton, and "The Towering Inferno" (both 1974), opposite everybody. He became less enchanted with football and more interested in showbiz though he continued to play the game until 1979. Simpson became best known to the general public as the spokesman for the Hertz car rental company in a series of popular TV ads which began airing in 1975. He was featured performing his patented broken-field running style--in a business suit--en route to a departing plane. These commercials soon became the hallmark of the company and kept Simpson in the public eye.After his retirement from football, Simpson ventured fulltime into broadcasting and acting, working as a commentator for ABC's "Monday Night Football" and NBC's "NFL Live" pre-game show. In 1986 he joined the cast of HBO's football sitcom, "1st & Ten" as fictional former...

Arguably one of the best running backs in NFL history, Simpson gained celebrity carrying the ball for the Buffalo Bills. With a broad handsome face and winning smile, his transition from sports hero to performer was a natural one. Simpson began his off-field assignments by hosting segments of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" and popping up in movies such as "The Klansman", opposite Richard Burton, and "The Towering Inferno" (both 1974), opposite everybody. He became less enchanted with football and more interested in showbiz though he continued to play the game until 1979. Simpson became best known to the general public as the spokesman for the Hertz car rental company in a series of popular TV ads which began airing in 1975. He was featured performing his patented broken-field running style--in a business suit--en route to a departing plane. These commercials soon became the hallmark of the company and kept Simpson in the public eye.

After his retirement from football, Simpson ventured fulltime into broadcasting and acting, working as a commentator for ABC's "Monday Night Football" and NBC's "NFL Live" pre-game show. In 1986 he joined the cast of HBO's football sitcom, "1st & Ten" as fictional former running back great T.D. Parker, a part he played for five years. Simpson returned to features with a supporting role as the accident-prone officer Nordberg in "The Naked Gun--From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988) and its two sequels.

In June 1994, Simpson was detained and questioned by the LAPD regarding the murder of his estranged wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman. This occurred five years after Simpson pleaded no-contest to beating his wife, serving 200 hours of community service and paying a nominal fine. On July 17, 1994 Simpson was arrested and charged with two counts of murder after leading the LAPD on televised car chase throughout Los Angeles. On the Monday following his arrest Simpson pleaded not guilty to both murders, and the subsequent murder trial received a staggering amount of international publicity from the news and mass media. After a brief deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of "not guilty" on October 3, 1995. Two years later, however, a civil jury found him liable for damages in the murders.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 No Place To Hide (1993) Allie Wheeler
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 C.I.A. - Code Name Alexa (1992) Nick Murphy
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 Student Exchange (1987) Coach Seaver
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 Hambone and Hillie (1984) Tucker
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 Cocaine and Blue Eyes (1983) Michael Brennen
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Potrero Hill section of San Francisco
1969:
Signed to the Buffalo Bills as number one draft pick
1969:
Became one of the highest paid football players in history when signed to a $400,000 four-year contract
1969:
Played for the Bills for nine years
1973:
Broke the previous all-time record held by Jim Brown for yards run in a season with 2,003 yards
1974:
Feature acting debut, "The Klansman"
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Signed a six-figure deal as spokesman for car rental company, Hertz Corp.; Made commercials and advertisements for the company
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Worked as an anchor on ABC's "Wide World of Sports"
1976:
Signed a three-year contract with the Bills for $2.5 million over three years
1977:
TV debut (non-football related), "Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes"
1977:
TV acting debut, "Roots" (ABC)
1977:
First leading role, the TV-movie "A Killing Affair"
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Traded to the San Francisco 49ers
1979:
Retired from pro football
1979:
TV producing debut (as executive producer), "Goldie and the Boxer"
1983:
Worked as a commentator on Monday Night Football on ABC
1984:
Joined the cast of HBO's football series "1st & Ten"
1988:
Returned to features after a four-year absence with a supporting role in "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!"
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Reprised role for The Naked Gun sequels "The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear" (1991) and "Naked Gun 33?: The Final Insult" (1994)
1994:
Charged and arrested in the double murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman (June 17)
1994:
Led the LAPD on a car chase around Los Angeles for several hours before turning himself in (June 17)
1994:
Pleaded not guilty to the charges of double murder (June 20)
1995:
Acquitted of the double murder of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman (October 3)
1997:
Found guilty of the murder of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman by civil jury (February 4)
2007:
Simpson was charged with multiple felony counts, including kidnapping and robbery in a bungled attempt to recover memorabilia of his storied sports career (September)
2008:
Found guilty on all charges including kidnapping and robbery (October 3)
2008:
Simpson was sentenced to up to 33 years in prison (December 5)
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Education

Galileo High School: San Francisco , California -
City College of San Francisco: San Francisco , California - 1964 - 1966
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1968

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Marguerite Whitely. High school sweetheart; married on June 24, 1967; separated in October 1978; divorced in 1979.
wife:
Nicole Simpson. Former interior designer. Born on May 19, 1959; married on February 2, 1985; ; sued Simpson for divorce February 1992; divorce finalized in October 1992; murdered outside her Brentwood, California home on June 13, 1994.
companion:
Paula Barbieri. Actor; model. No longer together.
companion:
Christie Prody. Dated in 1999; made claim in September 2000 that Simpson broke into her house but did not file formal complaint; later made claims that Simpson had described in detail the murders of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman, charges Simpson vehemently denied.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Jimmy Lee Simpson. Former bank custodian. Separated from Simpson's mother and abandoned family c. 1951; died in 1986.
mother:
Eunice Simpson. Former nurse's aide. Died at age 80 on November 9, 2001.
brother:
Melvin Leon Simpson. Born in July 1946.
sister:
Carmelita Simpson. Born in September 1948.
daughter:
Arnelle L Simpson. Born in December 1968; mother, Marguerite Whitley.
son:
Jason L Simpson. Born in April 1980; mother, Marguerite Whitley.
daughter:
Aaren Lashone Simpson. Born in September 1977; died August 1979 in a pool accident; mother, Marguerite Whitley.
daughter:
Sydney Simpson. Born on October 17, 1985; mother, Nicole Brown Simpson.
son:
Justin Ryan Simpson. Born on August 6, 1988; mother, Nicole Brown Simpson.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"I Want To Tell You: My Response To Your Letters, Your Messages, Your Questions" Little, Brown

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