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Also Known As: Earvin Johnson (Magic), Earvin Johnson Jr., Ervin Johnson Died:
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An effervescent 6'9" point guard whose wizardry as a passer put a new dazzle in team play, Magic Johnson revolutionized the game of basketball with the Los Angeles Lakers during their 1980s dynasty. A Michigan native, Johnson led the Michigan State University Spartans to a national championship in 1979 in a ballyhooed shoot-out with Indiana State, led by hot-shooting forward Larry Bird. He left school early and was selected No. 1 in the National Basketball Association draft by the Lakers. Joining legendary center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson revived the franchise, helped propel it to an NBA title in his rookie season and earned the Finals MVP honor along the way. He would lead the Lakers to five championships through the '80s, with two against rival Bird's Boston Celtics. Johnson stunned the media with his announcement in 1991 that he had contracted HIV and was retiring. After two short-lived comeback attempts and a brief stint as the Lakers' coach, he settled into TV work and branched into entertainment-related business ventures that would include a famously awful late-night talk show for Fox. He remained in the limelight as studio analyst for NBA broadcasts, including ABC/ESPN. One of the most...

An effervescent 6'9" point guard whose wizardry as a passer put a new dazzle in team play, Magic Johnson revolutionized the game of basketball with the Los Angeles Lakers during their 1980s dynasty. A Michigan native, Johnson led the Michigan State University Spartans to a national championship in 1979 in a ballyhooed shoot-out with Indiana State, led by hot-shooting forward Larry Bird. He left school early and was selected No. 1 in the National Basketball Association draft by the Lakers. Joining legendary center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson revived the franchise, helped propel it to an NBA title in his rookie season and earned the Finals MVP honor along the way. He would lead the Lakers to five championships through the '80s, with two against rival Bird's Boston Celtics. Johnson stunned the media with his announcement in 1991 that he had contracted HIV and was retiring. After two short-lived comeback attempts and a brief stint as the Lakers' coach, he settled into TV work and branched into entertainment-related business ventures that would include a famously awful late-night talk show for Fox. He remained in the limelight as studio analyst for NBA broadcasts, including ABC/ESPN. One of the most prominent and inspirational figures living with HIV, Johnson played a pivotal role not only in the Lakers "Showtime" dynasty but in reviving the fortunes of the once moribund NBA.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Are We Done Yet? (2007)
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 Backstage (2000) Cameo Appearance
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 Grand Canyon (1991) (Uncredited Cameo Appearance) Basketball Player
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 3rd Annual BET Awards (2003) Featuring
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Nicknamed "Magic" by sportswriter Fred Stabley, Jr. while playing for Everett High School in Lansing, MI
1977:
Played for Michigan State University
1979:
Named NCAA Division I Tournament Most Outstanding Player
1979:
With Michigan State, first played against Larry Bird during NCAA Championships; team won over Bird's Indiana State
1979:
Drafted first overall by NBA team Los Angeles Lakers
1981:
Signed 25-year, $25-million contract with the Lakers, then the highest-paying contract in sports history
1984:
Shared friendly yet competitive rivalry with Boston Celtics player Larry Bird; their respective teams played each other in three out of four NBA finals from 1984-87
1987:
Won his first NBA Most Valuable Player award
1991:
Retired from professional basketball following announcement of HIV-positive status
1991:
Created the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat HIV
1992:
Joined star-studded squad dubbed "the Dream Team" at Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain; team won gold
1993:
Replaced Randy Pfund as Lakers head coach
1994:
Became minority owner of Lakers after purchasing five percent share of team; stepped down as coach
1994:
Opened chain of movie theaters named Magic Johnson Theatres
1998:
Hosted and executive produced short-lived late night talk show "The Magic Hour" (Fox)
2001:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
2002:
Inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
2002:
Executive produced romantic comedy "Brown Sugar"
2006:
Created contract food service with Sodexo USA called Sodexo-Magic
2008:
Joined "ESPN's NBA Countdown" as studio analyst
2009:
Published <i>When The Game Was Ours</i>, co-written with Larry Bird (with Jackie MacMullan)
2010:
Famous rivalry documented in HBO's "Magic and Bird"
2012:
Featured in documentary "The Dream Team"
2012:
Became co-owner of professional baseball team the L.A. Dodgers
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Education

Michigan State University: East Lansing , Michigan -

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