48 Facts About Ali

1. Mahershala Ali got his big break starring in television series The 4400, but it was his Oscar-winning turn in 2016 film Moonlight that really made him a household name.

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2. Outside the ring, Ali attained success as a musician, where he received two Grammy nominations.

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3. Ali was born in Bolingbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, to a mother from India and a father from Pakistan.

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4. Ali was involved in some of the most famous fights in history from the "Rumble in the Jungle" vs George Foreman to the "Thrilla in Manila" vs Joe Frazier during a career that spanned 21 years.

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5. Muhammad Ali lands a left hook knocking out George Foreman during the "Rumble in the Jungle" fight in 1974.

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6. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Ali won the gold medal for boxing in the light heavyweight division.

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7. Muhammad Ali is one of the most important athletes and cultural figures in American history.

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8. In 2017, Ali lost to fifth district councilman Dennis Cyr by one vote.

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9. Mahershala Ali is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood right now.

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10. Mahershala Ali stars as Wayne Hays, a Vietnam veteran turned detective.

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11. Mahershala Ali recently shared how he balances taking on work with supporting his wife and the time she needs for her career, in an interview with The Guardian.

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12. Ali was buried at the Cave Hill National Cemetery in Louisville.

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13. Muhammad Ali started a different kind of fight with his outspoken views against the Vietnam War.

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14. Muhammad Ali joined the black Muslim group the Nation of Islam in 1964.

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15. In 2005, Ali sold the rights to his name and image to Robert Sillerman for $50 million for 20 percent interest in the business.

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16. In 1960, boxer Muhammad Ali won a spot on the US Olympic Boxing Team, returning home that year with a gold medal.

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17. Mahershala Ali sits down for an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday in Hollywood.

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18. On February 15, 1978, an aging Ali lost his title to Leon Spinks in a 15-round split decision.

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19. Muhammad Ali was an American former heavyweight champion boxer and one of the greatest sporting figures of the 20th century.

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20. In 2002, Ali was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the entertainment industry.

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21. In 1979, Ali guest-starred as himself in an episode of the NBC sitcom Diff'rent Strokes.

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22. Ali was the subject of the British television program This Is Your Life in 1978 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews.

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23. Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act was introduced in 1999 and passed in 2000, to protect the rights and welfare of boxers in the United States.

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24. On July 27, 2012, Ali was a titular bearer of the Olympic flag during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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25. In 2000, Ali worked with the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease to raise awareness and encourage donations for research.

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26. In 1998, Ali began working with actor Michael J Fox, who has Parkinson's disease, to raise awareness and fund research for a cure.

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27. In 1994, Ali campaigned to the United States government to come to the aid of refugees afflicted by the Rwandan genocide, and to donate to organizations helping Rwandan refugees.

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28. In 1984, Ali announced his support for the re-election of United States President Ronald Reagan.

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29. Ali was unable to explain why the African countries should join the US boycott when it had failed to support the African boycott of the 1976 Olympics, and was unaware that the Soviet Union was sponsoring popular revolutionary movements in Africa.

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30. In 1980, Ali was recruited by President Jimmy Carter for a diplomatic mission to Africa, in an effort to persuade a number of African governments to join the US-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics.

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31. Ali was a resident of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, in the early 1970s.

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32. On June 26, 1976, Ali participated in an exhibition bout in Tokyo against Japanese professional wrestler and martial artist Antonio Inoki.

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33. On June 1, 1976, Ali removed his shirt and jacket and confronted professional wrestler Gorilla Monsoon in the ring after his match at a World Wide Wrestling Federation show in Philadelphia Arena.

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34. In March 1966, Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces.

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35. The company mainly handled Ali's boxing promotions and pay-per-view closed-circuit television broadcasts.

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36. In 1981, Muhammad Ali talked a Suicidal Man off a Ledge.

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37. Muhammad Ali was invited to North Korea in 1995 with a collection of other athletes.

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38. Mahershala Ali plays Arkansas investigator Wayne Hays at three times in his life, including as a 70-year-old in 2015.

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39. Ali was the cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the last prophet of Islam.

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40. Ali was wounded by ibn Muljam's poison-coated sword while prostrating in the Fajr prayer.

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41. Just a small minority of them believed that Ali was the best Muslim after Muhammad and the only one entitled to rule them, while the majority supported him due to their distrust and opposition to Muawiyah.

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42. Ali was therefore outwitted by Muawiyah and Amr ibn al-As.

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43. Ali was instructed to write down the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, the peace treaty between Muhammad and the Quraysh in 628.

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44. Ali was prominent at the Battle of Uhud, as well as many other battles where he wielded a bifurcated sword known as Zulfiqar.

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45. Ali was 22 or 23 years old when he migrated to Medina.

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46. Ali was the second person, after Khadija, to accept Islam.

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47. Ali was born two or three years after Muhammad married Khadijah bint Khuwaylid.

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48. Ali was the first male who accepted Islam, and, according to some authors, the first Muslim.

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