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William Russell

William Russell (College sports.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Apr. 12, 1884; died, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 18, 1929.)  A standout all-around athlete at Fordham under his birth name William Lerche, William Russell became a leading movie star in the silent film era.  Russell mixed a modest boxing career with some vaudeville and stage work before […]

Mike Mazurki

Mike Mazurki (College football. Born, Tarnopal, Austria, Dec. 25, 1909; died, Glendale, CA, Dec. 9, 1990.) From a six-year-old immigrant boy to college football player to a movie acting career that spanned nearly half a century, Mikhail Mazurwski began his life in a small village in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Mazurki came to America at age […]

Nat Pendleton

Nat Pendleton (College wrestling.  Born, Davenport, IA, Aug. 9, 1895; died, LaJolla, CA, Oct. 11, 1967.)  A college wrestling champion and Olympic medalist, Nathaniel Greene Pendleton was among the first athletes to become a successful motion picture star.  Pendleton, wrestling for Columbia, won the E.I.W.A. championship at 175 pounds in 1914 and 1915.  He was […]

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