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Also Known As: Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Died:
Born: April 16, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA Profession:

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Widely considered to be one of the greatest NBA players of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent 20 years with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, helping both teams win a combined six championships while becoming the league's all-timing leading scorer with over 38,000 points. Towering over others at 7-feet-2-inches tall, Abdul-Jabbar used his height and exceptional athleticism to develop his famed skyhook, a shot that incorporated the entirety of his frame and was nearly impossible to block. Able to shoot the skyhook with either hand from virtually any point on the court, Abdul-Jabbar emerged as a potent offensive threat that created both fear and frustration among opponents. While an imposing force on the court, Abdul-Jabbar developed a reputation for being introverted and standoffish off the court, particularly with the press. His enigmatic persona baffled some and angered others, all to the detriment of Abdul-Jabbar himself, who later regretted not engaging with sportswriters earlier in his career. He was, however, popular among fans, some of whom helped him rebuild his extensive jazz record collection after his home burned down in 1983. Because he played in the heart of Hollywood,...

Widely considered to be one of the greatest NBA players of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent 20 years with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, helping both teams win a combined six championships while becoming the league's all-timing leading scorer with over 38,000 points. Towering over others at 7-feet-2-inches tall, Abdul-Jabbar used his height and exceptional athleticism to develop his famed skyhook, a shot that incorporated the entirety of his frame and was nearly impossible to block. Able to shoot the skyhook with either hand from virtually any point on the court, Abdul-Jabbar emerged as a potent offensive threat that created both fear and frustration among opponents. While an imposing force on the court, Abdul-Jabbar developed a reputation for being introverted and standoffish off the court, particularly with the press. His enigmatic persona baffled some and angered others, all to the detriment of Abdul-Jabbar himself, who later regretted not engaging with sportswriters earlier in his career. He was, however, popular among fans, some of whom helped him rebuild his extensive jazz record collection after his home burned down in 1983. Because he played in the heart of Hollywood, Abdul-Jabbar naturally gravitated towards film and television, memorably appearing in "Airplane!" (1980) and "Fletch" (1985), while making cameos as himself on a variety of TV shows. With his a rehabilitated reputation post-retirement, Abdul-Jabbar enjoyed the comfort of having been one of professional basketball's best centers and arguably its greatest all-around player.

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 Baseketball (1998) Himself
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 Forget Paris (1995) Himself
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 Slam Dunk Ernest (1995)
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 D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) Celebrity At Party
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 Jake Spanner, Private Eye (1989) New Tenant In Sal'S Apartment
9.
 Troop Beverly Hills (1989) Himself
10.
 Fletch (1985)
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1965:
Played for four seasons at UCLA, three under famed coach John Wooden
1967:
Twice named Player of the Year
1968:
Boycotted Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexico due to racial discrimination against blacks in the U.S.
1968:
Led UCLA Bruins to win over University of Houston in match famously called "the Game of the Century"
1969:
Drafted first overall pick by Milwaukee Bucks
1972:
Received first career NBA Most Valuable Player award
1975:
Traded to the Los Angeles Lakers
1978:
Made film debut opposite Bruce Lee in "Game of Death"; studied Jeet Kune Do martial arts under Lee
1980:
Made memorable appearance in "Airplane" as co-pilot Roger Murdock
1983:
Published memoir <i>Giant Steps</i>, co-written with Peter Knobler
1985:
Named <i>Sports Illustrated</i> magazine's "Sportsman of the Year"
1985:
Made cameo in crime comedy "Fletch"
1989:
Announced retirement after 20 years of playing professional basketball
1995:
Inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
1996:
Co-wrote historical book <i>Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement</i> with Alan Steinberg
2005:
Served as special assistant coach for the Lakers
2010:
Co-wrote documentary feature <i>On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of</i>
2012:
Statue unveiled in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
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Education

University of California Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1965 - 1969

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