Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Widely considered to be one of the greatest NBA players of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent 20 years with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, helping both teams win a combined six championships while becoming ... Read more »
Born: 04/15/1947 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

Fathers of the Sport 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Crazy Ones 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Splash 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys With Kids 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Girl 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

On The Shoulders of Giants 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Narrator

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Black List: Volume One 2008 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The Sarah Silverman Program 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Americanizing Shelley 2007 (Movie)

Ryder (Actor)

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scrubs 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The War Next Door 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Baseketball 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Brandon Lee: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gregory Hines Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sixth Annual Trumpet Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Common 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Living Color 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

NBA at 50 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rebound: The Legend of Earl 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Critic 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Idols of the Game 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Coaches: Men of Vision and Victory 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Forget Paris 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Salute to the Newport Jazz Festival 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruce Lee 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

D2: The Mighty Ducks 1994 (Movie)

Celebrity at Party (Actor)

Phenom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Slam Dunk Ernest 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stephen King's The Stand 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Matrix 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Ones: The National Sports Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rich and Famous 1993 World's Best 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (12/11/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

New Kids on the Block at Walt Disney World 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Oriental Rugs 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

History of the NBA 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Malcolm Takes a Shot 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sports Comedy Network 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Superstars and Their Moms 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Star-Spangled Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Champions 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock 'n' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Fletch 1985 (Movie)

As Himself (Actor)

The Hero Who Couldn't Read 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

Murdock (Actor)

Game of Death 1978 (Movie)

Hakim (Actor)

Alis 65 (TV Show)

Actor

Ask Max (TV Show)

Actor

Jake Spanner, Private Eye (TV Show)

Actor

Shooting Stars (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Vernon Johns Story 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Widely considered to be one of the greatest NBA players of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent 20 years with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, helping both teams win a combined six championships while becoming the league's all-timing leading scorer with over 38,000 points. Towering over others at 7-feet-2-inches tall, Abdul-Jabbar used his height and exceptional athleticism to develop his famed skyhook, a shot that incorporated the entirety of his frame and was nearly impossible to block. Able to shoot the skyhook with either hand from virtually any point on the court, Abdul-Jabbar emerged as a potent offensive threat that created both fear and frustration among opponents. While an imposing force on the court, Abdul-Jabbar developed a reputation for being introverted and standoffish off the court, particularly with the press. His enigmatic persona baffled some and angered others, all to the detriment of Abdul-Jabbar himself, who later regretted not engaging with sportswriters earlier in his career. He was, however, popular among fans, some of whom helped him rebuild his extensive jazz record collection after his home burned down in 1983. Because he played in the heart of Hollywood, Abdul-Jabbar naturally gravitated towards film and television, memorably appearing in "Airplane!" (1980) and "Fletch" (1985), while making cameos as himself on a variety of TV shows. With his a rehabilitated reputation post-retirement, Abdul-Jabbar enjoyed the comfort of having been one of professional basketball's best centers and arguably its greatest all-around player.

Relationships

Habiba Abdul-Jabbar

Wife
Married May 28, 1971 Divorced 1978

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar II Actor

Son
Born Aug. 23, 1976; mother, Habiba Abdul-Jabbar

Habiba Abdul-Jabbar

Daughter
Mother, Habiba Abdul-Jabbar

Sultana Abdul-Jabbar

Daughter
Mother, Habiba Abdul-Jabbar

Amir Abdul-Jabbar

Son
Mother, Cheryl Pistono

EDUCATION

University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1965 - 1969

Milestones

2012

Statue unveiled in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA

2010

Co-wrote documentary feature On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of

2005

Served as special assistant coach for the Lakers

1996

Co-wrote historical book Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement with Alan Steinberg

1995

Inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

1989

Announced retirement after 20 years of playing professional basketball

1985

Made cameo in crime comedy "Fletch"

1985

Named Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year"

1983

Published memoir Giant Steps, co-written with Peter Knobler

1980

Made memorable appearance in "Airplane" as co-pilot Roger Murdock

1978

Made film debut opposite Bruce Lee in "Game of Death"; studied Jeet Kune Do martial arts under Lee

1975

Traded to the Los Angeles Lakers

1972

Received first career NBA Most Valuable Player award

1968

Drafted first overall pick by Milwaukee Bucks

1968

Boycotted Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexico due to racial discrimination against blacks in the U.S.

1968

Led UCLA Bruins to win over University of Houston in match famously called "the Game of the Century"

1967

Twice named Player of the Year

1965

Played for four seasons at UCLA, three under famed coach John Wooden

Bonus Trivia

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In November 2009, Abdul-Jabbar announced that he was suffering from a form of leukemia. Two years later, he revealed on Twitter that he was "100 percent cancer free."

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He was named cultural ambassador for the U.S. by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2012.

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