I thought Cinderella Man was a really good film that was diminished by portraying Max Baer as he was. What was Ron Howard thinking? Braddock's story was a great story, and it was just plain dumb to create the Baer monster.
Having never seen Gentleman Jim Corbett live, I have no idea of what thespian abilities he may have had. I have seen some films of Dempsey outside of the ring, and while he certainly did seem to be most personable, I never saw anything of thespian nature. Dempsey was also famous for saying, "I can't sing and I can't dance, but I can lick any SOB in the house." Back in 1958, I met a man who told me he once saw and heard Dempsey make that statement at some staged event where he challenged all comers to fight for house money. I know one thing - those guys were a lot tougher than I.
After winning the heavyweight championship in 1959, Ingemar Johansson was featured in the 1960 film, All the Young Men. If I remember correctly, I do not think he was all that convincing in his role. He certainly was not the talent that was exhibited by Max Baer.
Concerning Baer's son, Max Baer Jr., he apparently had an acting career that went from 1960 to 1989, and he was probably best known for his role in The Beverly Hillbillies. In all fairness to Junior, I do not remember any of his work except The Beverly Hillbillies, and I hated that show and gave no credence to any of the actors in the show - including Buddy Ebsen who I liked in many other shows.
Yes, I think Max Baer Sr. really was a talented actor.
Here's a little trivia for you, since you said you give no credence to any of the actors on "The Beverly Hillbillies". Donna Douglas (who played Ellie Mae Clampett), guest starred with Clint Eastwood on an episode of "Mr. Ed". I told you this because I know you secretly wanted to know.
When I said I did not give credence to the actors on that show, I was admitting my prejudice. I did not say there was no talent; I simply said I did not recognize it as such because I was prejudiced in my opinion of the show. I thought it was hokey, and that is being kind in my opinion. I also think the same thing about Mr Ed, Petticoat Junction, The Dukes of Hazard, and other similar shows of such ilk.
I do not dislike comedy. I dislike dumb slapstick stuff some folks call comedy. Now if you want to talk about MASH, Barney Miller, Mary Tyler Moore Show, and a few others like them, then I am all for comedy.
In my opinion, neither Douglas nor Eastwood were acting in Mr Ed. I would say they were getting paid to be seen on TV, which almost seems like J. Fred Muggs was doing for Dave Garroway.
You ought to be ashamed to admit you watched those shows.