“FAMILY LEGACY” THE BOOK by Jack O’Halloran
In this trilogy the author reveals the never-before told truths of some of the most tragic and controversial events of our lives, including the deaths of John and Robert Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Marilyn Monroe.
THE UNTOLD STORY BEHIND THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE LAST FIFTY YEARS, AS REVEALED BY THE SON OF MAFIA EXECUTIONER ALBERT ANASTASIA
Jack O’Halloran ~ Famed Actor and American ex-boxer.
During his career, O’Halloran defeated former title contenders Cleveland Williams and Manuel Ramos. He also defeated Danny McAlinden who won the bronze medal for boxing at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica and later became the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion. O’Halloran’s losses included defeats to future heavyweight champions George Foreman and Ken Norton.
In 1973, O’Halloran was close to attaining a match against Muhammad Ali when he was knockedout by Jimmy Summerville.This ended his chances to fight Ali. Although O’Halloran went on to defeat Summerville by K.O. in a rematch, with only three more wins and five losses he was never again a serious heavyweight contender.
The California Boxing Hall of Fame has listed O’Halloran as one of its inductees of the 2009 HOF class.
Retiring from boxing in 1974 with a record of 34-21-2 (17 knockout victories), O’Halloran turned to a career as an actor. He first won the role of ex-convict Moose Malloy in the 1975 film Farewell, My Lovely, featuring Robert Mitchum as private eye Philip Marlowe.
Superman film series
This led to other tough “henchmen” style roles which culminated in the role he is best known for, Non, the menacing-but-mute member of the trio of Kryptonian supervillains banished to the Phantom Zone by Jor-El (Marlon Brando) in Superman (1978) and inadvertently released, by the Man of Steel himself (Christopher Reeve), in Superman II (1980).
O’Halloran once stated in an interview that it was his idea to make Non a child-like character, having difficulty adjusting to his newfound powers and making sounds in the absence of voice. O’Halloran criticized Alexander and Ilya Salkind, the producers of the Superman films, for their mishandling of the franchise, believing that their firing of director Donner was a huge blow to the series and the cause of its downturn in quality, a sentiment that was shared by Gene Hackman, who refused to reprise his Lex Luthor role in the third film, and Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane.
In an interview with Starlog Magazine in October 2006, O’Halloran stated that he and Christopher Reeve did not get along during the making of Superman II. One incident in particular nearly led to a fight between the two actors, in which O’Halloran choked Reeve, only to be stopped by Donner. Despite the clash between them, O’Halloran stated that his heart went out to Reeve after his 1995 accident, and commended him for helping others with spinal cord injuries.
According to O’Halloran, the reaction he gets most often from fans is “My God, he can talk!”. He is also an active participant on his own messageboard on the Internet Movie Database.
Other acting roles
O’Halloran has also played supporting roles in King Kong (1976), March or Die (1977) and Dragnet (1987), as well as The Baltimore Bullet (1980), Hero and the Terror (1988) and Mob Boss (1990).
Shuttle Commander (voice)
2010 My Master’s Garden (short) (voice)
2009/IV Remembrance (short)
1994 The Flintstones
1994 Diagnosis Murder (TV series)
– Shaker (1994) … Mickey
1994 Huck and the King of Hearts
1991 Morton & Hayes (TV series)
Ooloo The Giant
– Oafs Overboard (1991) … Ooloo The Giant
1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter (TV movie)
The Big Man
1990 Mob Boss (video)
1988 Hero and the Terror
1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV series)
– Murder at the Oasis (1985) … Lou Ross
1985 Knight Rider (TV series)
– Knight Strike (1985) … Rawleigh
1984 Hunter (TV series)
Charles ‘Hammer’ Turell
– Pen Pals (1984) … Charles ‘Hammer’ Turell
1982 Best of the West (TV series)
– Daniel Fights a Bully (1982)
1980 Superman II
1980 The Baltimore Bullet
1978 Flying High (TV series)
– Palm Springs Weekend (1978)
1977 March or Die
1976 King Kong
1975 Cannon (TV series)
– The Wrong Medicine (1975) … Wally
1975 Farewell, My Lovely