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)
Wife: Marjorie "Marjie" Joseph (m. 1939) (annulled)
Wife: Edna Mae (Holly) (m. May 29, 1943*** - 1962) (divorced)
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
*** 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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