Abandoned by his convict father before he was a year old, Shaquille O'Neal channeled his childhood anger into a remarkable career with the National Basketball Association. Drafted out of college by the Orlando Magic in 1992, he was named Rookie of the Year at the close of his first pro season. At 7'1" tall and 300 lbs., "Shaq" was a magnet for media attention. He made a credible dramatic debut in Paramount's college basketball drama "Blue Chips" (1994), but the film's poor reception set the tone for his critically savaged star turns in Disney's fantastical "Kazaam" (1996) and "Steel" (1997), an adaptation of the DC superhero comic book. Rebounding with a string of gold and platinum-selling rap albums, O'Neal scored on the basketball court with the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he led to three consecutive championships. Not satisfied with fame and wealth, or with leading the American Dream Team to Olympic gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics, O'Neal surprised his fans by becoming a reserve police officer after his trade to the Miami Heat in 2004. Plagued by injuries as a member of the Boston Celtics, O'Neal retired from professional sports in 2011. Colorful, larger than life, and largely untouched by off-court scandal, Shaquille O'Neal distinguished himself in a multi-hyphenate career as a role model for disadvantaged youth and young athletes alike, and as the embodiment of a bona fide American success story.