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Born: June 30, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession:

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One of the most accomplished and notorious figures in professional sports, Mike Tyson was a one-time heavyweight champion boxer whose success in the ring was largely undone by his excesses outside of it. Known for his menacing demeanor and devastating power, Tyson was capable of defeating opponents with a single blow, which quickly sent him to the top of his profession, while immortalizing him in pop culture as the "baddest man on the planet." A childhood spent in poverty and violence did not prepare him for the scrutiny he endured in the public eye, and poor judgment and criminal behavior helped to unseat him from his position at the peak of his powers in the late 1990s. Stints in jail for rape charges were followed by a string of bizarre behavior, most notably the biting of opponent Evander Holyfield's ear; by the new millennium, the world had written off Tyson as a damaged animal, incapable of existing outside the ring. After each incident, Tyson attempted to make amends by devoting his energies to improving himself, but financial ruin forced him to continue boxing long after his skills had left him. Mike Tyson's spectacular power, terrible fall from grace and numerous attempts to reclaim his life...

One of the most accomplished and notorious figures in professional sports, Mike Tyson was a one-time heavyweight champion boxer whose success in the ring was largely undone by his excesses outside of it. Known for his menacing demeanor and devastating power, Tyson was capable of defeating opponents with a single blow, which quickly sent him to the top of his profession, while immortalizing him in pop culture as the "baddest man on the planet." A childhood spent in poverty and violence did not prepare him for the scrutiny he endured in the public eye, and poor judgment and criminal behavior helped to unseat him from his position at the peak of his powers in the late 1990s. Stints in jail for rape charges were followed by a string of bizarre behavior, most notably the biting of opponent Evander Holyfield's ear; by the new millennium, the world had written off Tyson as a damaged animal, incapable of existing outside the ring. After each incident, Tyson attempted to make amends by devoting his energies to improving himself, but financial ruin forced him to continue boxing long after his skills had left him. Mike Tyson's spectacular power, terrible fall from grace and numerous attempts to reclaim his life as his own made him at once one of the most vilified and tragic figures in American sports history.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Champs (2014)
3.
 Grudge Match (2013)
4.
 Scary Movie 5 (2013)
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 Hangover, The (2009)
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 Tyson (2008)
8.
 Chavez (2007)
9.
 Rocky Balboa (2006)
10.
 Outsider, The (2006)
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Met Cus D¿Amato, the legendary boxing trainer who had schooled fighters like Floyd Patterson and Jose Torres; D¿Amato also became Tyson's legal guardian after Lorna Smith died when he was 16
1982:
Won gold at the 1982 Junior Olympics after achieving a knockout in eight seconds, the fastest in the competition's history
1985:
Made his professional boxing debut on March 4, 1985, opposite Hector Mercedes
1999:
Appeared in the drama "Black and White," opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Scott Caan
1999:
Made a cameo in the comedy "Play It to the Bone," starring Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson
2005:
Announced his retirement from professional boxing
2008:
Became the subject of an eponymous documentary titled "Tyson" by filmmaker James Toback, who had previously directed him in the feature "Black and White"
2009:
Made a hilarious and memorable cameo in the comedy blockbuster "The Hangover," opposite Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis
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