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Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson was an American Hall of Fame boxing champion who held the World welterweight championship (1946-51). He was a 5-time World middleweight boxing champion between 1951 and 1960, and ultimately retired with a record of 175 wins, 19 losses, 6 draws, 2 no contests and 109 knockouts. Following his retirement from boxing, he transitioned to a successful career in entertainment with a nightclub act and appearances in Paper Lion, TV's Mission: Impossible, The Mod Squad and The Fall Guy.

Biographical fast facts

Full or original name at birth: Walker Elliot Smith, Jr.*

Date and place of birth: May 3, 1921, at 9:00 p.m., McComb Street, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. **

Date, place and cause of death: April 12, 1989, Brotman Medical Center, Culver City, California, U.S.A. (Alzheimer's disease / Diabetes)

Marriage #1
Wife: Marjorie "Marjie" Joseph (m. 1939) (annulled)

Marriage #2
Wife: Edna Mae (Holly) (m. May 29, 1943*** - 1962) (divorced)

Marriage #3
Wife: Millie Bruce (m. May 25, 1965 - April 12, 1989) (his death)
Wedding took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Sons: Ronnie (Smith) Robinson (b. September 25, 1939)
Ray Robinson, Jr. (b. November 19, 1949)

Father: Walker Smith, Sr.
Mother: Leila (Hurst) Smith

Burial site: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California, U.S.A.

Error corrections or clarifications

* Sugar Ray was not born "Walter" Smith as some editions of the Daily Celebrity Almanac by Bob Barry erroneously assert.

** This is the date and place of birth Sugar Ray Robinson himself offers in his autobiography. However, there is some evidence his birth may have taken place on the same date a year earlier in Ailev, Georgia.
Sugar Ray was never particularly known for his accurate recall of dates, and even some of the dates he offers for major life events in his autobiography have been proven incorrect.
One example was the year of birth for his first son Ronnie, born September 25th, 1939, not "1938" as he remembered.

*** Some sources mistakenly state his marriage to Edna Mae took place on "July 3," and erroneously state the divorce was final in "1960." Sugar, in his autobiography, erroneously remembered the marriage year as "1944."

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