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Top 5 Muhammad Ali Pop Culture Moments

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While the world mourns the loss of Muhammad Ali; a humanitarian, a cultural icon, and legendary boxing champion, it makes sense to look at some of those unforgettable moments where Ali made his impact on pop culture.

5. Ali’s appearance on Candid Camera

When he was away from the ring, Ali was always up for a good joke and especially if it involved kids. Check out this appearance that he made on the popular show Candid Camera.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUM8SQ_rSGk

 

4. Ali had his own animated series

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In 1977, Muhammad Ali voiced his own animated series I Am The Greatest: The Adventures Of Muhammad Ali. Here’s a clip from the show.

The animated series only lasted one season.

 

3. Awards Shows, Variety Shows, and Game Shows; Ali Appeared On them All

No matter what type of show, if you invited Muhammad Ali, he would show up and more than likely steal the show. Check out his appearance on the Jackson variety show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ_vE2z0GRA

Here’s Ali surprising Sylvester Stallone at The Academy Awards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FyP4gs0p4Q

Here he is on the popular game show This Is Your Life

 

2. Ali was always game to go on any talk show

Whether it was in his younger years or towards the latter part of his life, Muhammad Ali was always up for an interview with whomever.Check out his appearance with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOPsunhjKZc

Here’s Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, and  Ali on The Arsenio Hall Show talking about a variety of topics.

Then, of course, there was this appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-ZkpqvUbXE

1. Ali appeared on multiple TV shows and faced off against the Man Of Steel

While Muhammad Ali had many appearances on a multitude of TV Shows, the one that sticks out to this day is his appearance on the show Different Strokes. Check out this clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xZdFM3TcQs

He also went toe to toe in a boxing ring with Superman.

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Just seeing how far reaching Muhammad Ali’s effect was on pop culture puts into perspective why so many people are saddened by the loss of “The Greatest Of All Time.”

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Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
I'm a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and have been doing reviews for many years. My views on film are often heard in markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and satellite radio. My wife often tolerates my obsession for all things film related and two sons are at an age now where 'Trolls' is way cooler than dad. Follow me on twitter @mrsingleton.