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Carlos Palomino

Carlos Palomino

Carlos Palomino, born in Mexico, has made his mark in the United States and the world as a champion athlete, a charismatic actor and a dedicated activist who donates generous amount of time to anti-substance abuse, anti-gang, and educational programs for young people.

Former WBC World Welterweight Boxing Champion from 1976 to 1979, Carlos Palomino took up boxing while in the army. In 1973 he turned pro and entered college. In 1976 he became the only boxer in history to simultaneously hold a college degree and a boxing championship. In 1989, Palomino was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame, one of the youngest boxers ever to receive the honor.

Keeping a promise to himself to retire from boxing at age thirty, Carlos took up a new career: acting. He first appeared in Peter Fonda's Dance of Dwarfs and followed with Stranger's Kiss, starring Peter Coyote and Victoria Tennant. Other film credits include If-Dog-Rabbit, directed by Matthew Modine, Geronimo: An American Legend, directed by Walter Hill, My Samurai, Fists of Steel and Rampage among others.

For television, Palomino has appeared on NYPD Blue, Deep Space Nine, Air America, Mike Hammer, Hill Street Blues, and Jake and the Fat Man.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Carlos Palomino Facts

BirthdayAugust 10, 1949 (74)
BirthplaceSan Luis, Mexico

Selected Filmography

Zeppo Marks Brothers
Death Match
Die Watching
Geronimo: An American Legend
Jungle Heat
Turn of Faith
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