Abebe Bikila (1932–1973)

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Abebe Bikila was born on August 7, 1932 in Jato, Ethiopia. He was married to Yewibdar Giorghis. He died on October 25, 1973 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. See full bio »

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Known For

Tokyo Olympiad Himself
The Way It Was Himself
Sfide Himself


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 2016 Sfide (TV Series)
- La perfezione (2016) ... Himself
 1976 The Way It Was (TV Series)
- The 1960 Summer Olympics (1976) ... Himself
 1965 Tokyo Olympiad (Documentary)
 1963 Der Sport-Spiegel (TV Series documentary)
 1960 Rome 1960: Games of the XVII Olympiad (TV Mini-Series)
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 2009 The Athlete
 1976 Marathon Man
Himself (uncredited)

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Men of success meet with tragedy. It was the will of God that I won the Olympics, and it was the will of God that I met with my accident. I accepted those victories as I accepted this tragedy. I have to accept both circumstances as facts of life and live happily.


Came from a family of farmers and was member of the Imperial Guard member of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie before succeeding in military competitions. After his victory in Rome, Selassie offered him a car, an apartment, and a pension for the rest of his life. However, when rebellion arose in the Emperor's Palace, all the Guard were killed. Abebe Bikila escaped from death thanks to the Emperor's... See more »

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