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Gene Tunney (James Joseph Tunney)

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Biography

New York City, New York, USA
Gene Tunney's parents were Mary Jean (aka Rose) Lydon and John Tunney. Both of his parents were born in Mayo, Ireland, near Kiltimagh, and moved to New York City. He won the heavyweight boxing championship from Jack Dempsey in 1926 and successfully defended his title against Dempsey in 1927. In 1928, he successfully defended his title against Tom Heeney and then retired from the ring undefeated in 1928. He then married Andrew Carnegie's great niece, Mary Josephine Lauder (aka Polly) in October, 1928, went on an extensive honeymoon, then returned to the U.S. Read more...

Actor

Character: Gene Tunney

Young Man of Manhattan 1930

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Character: Himself - Champion Boxer

You Were Meant for Me 1948

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Character: Himself

Tyson 2008

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