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Rocky Graziano

Rocky GrazianoAKA Thomas Rocco Barbella

Born: 1-Jan-1919 [1]
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 22-May-1990
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Boxing

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Middleweight boxing champ

Military service: US Army (1942-43, dishonorably discharged)

[1] This date is often given as 7 June 1922, which is apparently a date Graziano himself gave to the US Army (he deserted, and served a year in prison as a result). The date on his tombstone in Locust Valley is 1 January 1919. He gives yet a third date in his autobiography, Somebody Up There Likes Me (1955), page 7: "On the other hand, maybe I had been on my way ever since the midwife brought me into the world on New Year's Day, 1921."

Father: Nick Bob
Wife: Norma Unger (m. 1943, two daughters)
Daughter: Roxie (b. 1948)

    Hamm's Brewing
Reagan-Bush '84 Member, Reagan-Bush All-Stars
    Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame 2007
    Dishonorable Discharge
    Stroke Apr-1990
    AWOL multiple

    Tony Rome (10-Nov-1967)
    Teenage Millionaire (Aug-1961)
    Mister Rock and Roll (16-Oct-1957) · Himself

Author of books:
Somebody Up There Likes Me: The Story of My Life Until Today (1955, memoir)

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