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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



Among his many achievements during his illustrious career in Milwaukee and Los Angeles, six-time basketball MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the all-time leading scorer. In 1978, Abdul-Jabbar translated his popularity into a film career by appearing as a hulking foe to Bruce Lee in Game of Death. The ensuing battle royale between the diminutive martial arts master and the agile seven-foot hoopster remains a highlight of martial arts cinema. Other film appearances include a memorable turn as a co-pilot who tires of being mistaken for Abdul-Jabbar in 1980's Airplane. In most of his subsequent films, Abdul-Jabbar has stuck to making cameo appearances as himself; he did however have a supporting role in the television pilot for the Robert Mitchum series Jake Spanner, Private Eye in 1989, the year he retired from professional basketball. Since then, his film and television appearances as an actor have been increasingly sporadic. Abdul-Jabbar has, however, continued to use his legendary status as an example. He is a tireless worker for various philanthropic causes and has devoted a large amount of time to helping children and steering them toward getting a good education.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet On The Shoulders Of Giants
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Sons of the City: New York
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Black List: Volume One
  • Actor
2008
0% Weapons
  • P.J.
2007
No Score Yet Ali Rap
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Real: Rucker Park Legends---True Harlem Story
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet 1 Love
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Bruce Lee - A Warrior's Journey
  • Actor
2000
42% BASEketball
  • Himself
1998
No Score Yet Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Rebound: The Legend of Earl the Goat Manigault
  • Himself
1996
50% Forget Paris
  • Himself
1995
20% Slam Dunk Ernest
  • The Archangel of Basketball
1995
No Score Yet StrangerSmart
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet BullySmart
  • Actor
1995
21% D2: The Mighty Ducks
  • Celebrity at Party
1994
No Score Yet The Vernon Johns Story
  • Executive Producer
1994
No Score Yet Bruce Lee: The Curse of the Dragon
  • Actor
1993
8% Troop Beverly Hills
  • Himself
1989
No Score Yet NBA Home Video
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet NBA Awesome Endings
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Purple People Eater
  • Actor
1988
85% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Lakers '87: The Drive for Five
  • Actor
1987
75% Fletch
  • Himself
1985
97% Airplane!
  • Murdock
1980
No Score Yet The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
  • Himself
1979
75% Game of Death
  • Hakim
1978
No Score Yet Goodbye Bruce Lee: His Last Game of Death
  • Hakim
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
  • Mr. Wilkes
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
7% Guys with Kids
2012-2013
  • Himself
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Splash
2013
  • Reality cast member
55% The Crazy Ones
2013-2014
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Appearing
  • Actor
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
  • Himself
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Martin
1997
  • Dr. Skyhook
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Himself
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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