Jack O'Halloran (born April 8, 1943) is an American former boxer and actor. O'Halloran is best known for such films as Superman: The MovieSuperman IIand Dragnet.[1]

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Boxing[edit] Edit

O'Halloran was born in Philadelphia and lived in Runnemede, New Jersey.[2] Fighting as "Irish" Jack O'Halloran out of Boston, he was a heavyweight boxing contender active from 1966 to 1974. The 6-foot, 6-inch O'Halloran was undefeated throughout his first 16 professional fights.

During his career, O'Halloran defeated former title contenders Cleveland Williams and Manuel Ramos. He also defeatedDanny McAlinden who won the bronze medal for boxing at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica and later became the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion. O'Halloran's losses included defeats toJoe Bugner, Ron Lyle, and future heavyweight champions George Foreman and Ken Norton.

In 1973, O'Halloran was close to attaining a match against Muhammad Ali when he was knocked out by Jimmy Summerville.[3]This ended his chances to fight Ali. Although O'Halloran went on to defeat Summerville by K.O. in a rematch, with only three more wins and five losses he was never again a serious heavyweight contender.

The California Boxing Hall of Fame has listed O'Halloran as one of its inductees of the 2009 HOF class.[4]

Acting career[edit] Edit

Retiring from boxing in 1974 with a record of 34-21-2 (17 knockout victories),[4] O'Halloran turned to a career as an actor. He first won the role of ex-convict Moose Malloy in the 1975 film Farewell, My Lovely, featuring Robert Mitchum as private eyePhilip Marlowe.

After Farewell, My Lovely O'Halloran was offered other roles, some of which he turned down, including the role of Jaws inThe Spy Who Loved Me which went to Richard Kiel.[5]

Superman film series[edit] Edit

This led to other tough "henchmen" style roles which culminated in the role he is best known for, Non, the menacing-but-mute member of the trio of Kryptonian supervillains banished to the Phantom Zone by Jor-El (Marlon Brando) in Superman(1978) and inadvertently released by Superman in Superman II (1980).

O'Halloran once stated in an interview that it was his idea to make Non a childlike character, having difficulty adjusting to his newfound powers and making sounds in the absence of voice. O'Halloran criticized Alexander and Ilya Salkind, the producers of the Superman films, for their mishandling of the franchise, believing that their firing of director Donner was a huge blow to the series and the cause of its downturn in quality, a sentiment that was shared by Gene Hackman, who refused to reprise his Lex Luthor role in the third film, and Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane.[citation needed]

In an interview with Starlog Magazine in 2006, O'Halloran stated that he and Christopher Reeve did not get along during the making of Superman II. On one occasion, he had Reeve against a wall, but Richard Donner intervened and dissuaded him from hitting Reeve.[6] (He also later discussed this incident on the How Did This Get Made? podcast's Episode 24.1.)[7]Despite the clash between them, O'Halloran stated that his heart went out to Reeve after his 1995 accident, and commended him for helping others with spinal cord injuries.[8]

According to O'Halloran, the reaction he gets most often from fans is "My God, he can talk!".[3] He is also an active participant on his own messageboard on the Internet Movie Database.

Other acting roles[edit] Edit

O'Halloran has also played supporting roles in King Kong (1976), March or Die (1977) and Dragnet (1987), as well as The Baltimore Bullet (1980), Hero and the Terror (1988) and Mob Boss (1990).

Business[edit] Edit

In 2008, O'Halloran announced plans to partner with veteran Hollywood executive Jay Samit to create Long Beach Studios, a chain of film studio facilities throughout the United States.[9][10]

Writing[edit] Edit

In 2010, O'Halloran released Family Legacy. The book also outlines O'Halloran's relationship with his claimed father, a former boss of the Gambino crime family, Albert Anastasia.[11]