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      Kareem Abdul-Jabaar

      Kareem Abdul-Jabaar

      Highest Rated: 97% Airplane! (1980)

      Lowest Rated: 80% John Bronco (2020)

      Birthday: Apr 16, 1947

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Born in New York City in 1947, Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor (Lew Alcindor) was always tall. He was 6 feet 8 inches tall before entering high school, where his team finished with a 79-2 record including a 71-game winning streak. Although NCAA rules prevented freshman from playing during the season, the Alcindor-led freshman team at UCLA beat the varsity team that went on to win the National Championship, beginning a renowned college career that resulted in an unprecedented three consecutive National Championships of his own and an 88-2 record, as well as earning his BA in History. In 1968, Alcindor converted to Islam and in 1969 was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the first pick in the NBA draft. In his second year in the league, Alcindor won fist first NBA MVP award, and led the Bucks to their first NBA Championship, where he was named the finals MVP. The day after winning the finals, Alcindor began publicly using his Arabic name, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The same year, he made his first appearance as an actor, on the private eye show "Mannix" (CBS, 1967-1975). In 1975, Abdul-Jabbar was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he was joined, in 1979, by Magic Johnson. The pair ushered in the Lakers basketball dynasty, appearing in the NBA finals 8 times, winning 5. Abdul-Jabbar earned his record sixth NBA MVP award in 1980. Abdul-Jabbar continued to appear occasionally in film and TV; most notably he had a memorable cameo in the classic slapstick comedy "Airplane" (1980). When he retired in 1989 after 20 years in basketball, Abdul-Jabbar was considered the greatest player of all time. After his basketball career, Abdul-Jabbar was a frequent writer and activist for racial equality. In 1986, he published his first novel of History, Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement. He has also co-written a pair books, Mycroft Holmes and Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes, which take the famous character on new adventures. Abdul-Jabbar also produced and directed "On the Shoulders of Giants" (2011) about a legendary but overlooked basketball team from 1930s Harlem. In 2018 it was announced that he would add screenwriter to his resume, as he was named as one of the writers on the series reboot of "Veronica Mars" (The CW, 2004-07).

      Highest rated movies

      Airplane! John Bronco

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      AIRPLANE!, Kareem Abdul-jabbar, 1980. ©Paramount GAME OF DEATH, Kareem Abdul-Jabbaar, Bruce Lee, 1978 Splash, from left: Rory Bushfield, Nicole Eggert, Chuy Bravo, Ndamukong Suh, Kendra Wilkinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Louie Anderson, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Drake Bell, Katherine Webb, 'Episode 101', Season 1, Ep. #1, 03/19/2013, ©ABC GAME OF DEATH, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee, 1979, (c) Columbia Pictures GAME OF DEATH, Bruce Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbaar, 1978 Real Time with Bill Maher, Ziggy Marley (L), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (R), 'Episode 316', Season 12, Ep. #14, 05/02/2014, ©HBO Splash, from left: Charissa Thompson, Joseph Lawrence, Rory Bushfield, Greg Louganis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kendra Wilkinson, 'Episode 108', Season 1, Ep. #8, 05/07/2013, ©ABC Splash, Joseph Lawrence (L), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (C), Drake Bell (R), 'Episode 106', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/23/2013, ©ABC Splash, from left: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rory Bushfield, Drake Bell, Nicole Eggert, 'Episode 106', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/23/2013, ©ABC Splash, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L), Drake Bell (R), 'Episode 106', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/23/2013, ©ABC Splash, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L), Louie Anderson (R), 'Episode 103', Season 1, Ep. #3, 04/02/2013, ©ABC Splash, from left: Louie Anderson, Drake Bell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nicole Eggert, Rory Bushfield, 'Episode 105', Season 1, Ep. #5, 04/16/2013, ©ABC Splash, Louie Anderson (L), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (R), 'Episode 105', Season 1, Ep. #5, 04/16/2013, ©ABC Splash, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 'Episode 106', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/23/2013, ©ABC Splash, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 'Episode 106', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/23/2013, ©ABC Splash, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 'Episode 106', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/23/2013, ©ABC Splash, Joseph Lawrence (L), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (R), 'Episode 105', Season 1, Ep. #5, 04/16/2013, ©ABC Splash, Louie Anderson (L), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (R), 'Episode 103', Season 1, Ep. #3, 04/02/2013, ©ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 01/26/2003, ©ABC Splash, from left: Charissa Thompson, Joseph Lawrence, Rory Bushfield, Greg Louganis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kendra Wilkinson, 'Episode 108', Season 1, Ep. #8, 05/07/2013, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Patriots: Heroes of the Civil War Narrator,
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Iceman Self - 2022
      88% 41% A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks Self - 2021
      80% 91% John Bronco Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Character) - 2020
      93% 100% Be Water Self - 2020
      No Score Yet 79% On the Shoulders of Giants Narrator,
      Writer,
      Executive Producer
      - 2010
      No Score Yet 67% 1 Love Unknown (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 91% Bruce Lee - A Warrior's Journey Unknown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 31% Slam Dunk Ernest The Archangel of Basketball (Character) - 1995
      97% 89% Airplane! Roger Murdoch (Character) - 1980

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 24% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2023
      82% 95% Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers Self 2022
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2020 2022
      100% 85% Dear... Self 2022
      100% 75% Muhammad Ali Self 2021
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Guest 1992 2013 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2019
      91% 78% Veronica Mars Writer 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Name: Muhammad Ali Unknown (Character) 2019
      92% 69% iZombie Zed (Guest Star) 2019
      81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Himself (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2018
      94% 80% Fresh Off the Boat Self (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beat Shazam Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Contestant 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud Guest 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2014
      54% 67% The Crazy Ones Himself (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Generation Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Splash Contestant 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
      95% 85% New Girl Himself (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Unknown (Character),
      Guest
      2008 2011
      85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 1995 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Apprentice Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      83% 86% Scrubs Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The War Next Door Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      93% No Score Yet The Gregory Hines Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      33% No Score Yet Boston Common Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Living Single Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 85% Everybody Loves Raymond Himself (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet 92% Martin Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      85% 81% The Critic Unknown (Guest Voice) 1994-1995
      No Score Yet 81% Full House Self 1995
      No Score Yet 91% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 21 Jump Street Wesley Williams (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1982 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Jeff (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Buddies Self