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Joe Kirkwood Jr. (1920–2006)

Best remembered as strapping comic strip boxer Joe Palooka on screen in the late 1940s and early 1950s, fair-haired, amiable-looking, exceedingly athletic Joe Kirkwood, Jr. may have been the son of renowned professional golfer and trick artist Joe Kirkwood, but he was actually born Reginald Thomas Kirkwood on May 30, 1920 in Melbourne, Australia, ... See full bio »

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 1961 The Marriage-Go-Round
Henry 'Doc' Granger
 1958 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Talbot
- Deadeye, the Indian Scout (1958) ... Mr. Talbot
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Chris Brand
- Shadows (1956) ... Chris Brand
 1954-1955 The Joe Palooka Story (TV Series)
Joe Palooka
- The Hard Way (1955) ... Joe Palooka
- The Fast Touch (1955) ... Joe Palooka
- Second Honeymoon (1955) ... Joe Palooka
- Clyde's Mistake (1955) ... Joe Palooka
- Below the Border (1955) ... Joe Palooka
 1951 Joe Palooka in Triple Cross
Joe Palooka
 1950 Joe Palooka in Humphrey Takes a Chance
Joe Palooka (as Joe Kirkwood)
 1950 Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey
Joe Palooka (as Joe Kirkwood)
 1949 Joe Palooka in The Counterpunch
Joe Palooka
 1949 Joe Palooka in the Big Fight
Joe Palooka (as Joe Kirkwood)
 1948 Joe Palooka in Winner Take All
Joe Palooka (as Joe Kirkwood)
 1948 Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad
Joe Palooka (as Joe Kirkwood)
 1947 Joe Palooka in the Knockout
Joe Palooka
 1946 Gentleman Joe Palooka
Joe Palooka
 1946 Night and Day
Classmate (uncredited)
 1946 Joe Palooka, Champ
Joe Palooka
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Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (3 credits)

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Joe Kirkwood


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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I tried using a double once during one of the films...and the fights just didn't look real. Now I tell the boxers who are cast against me to do their best because I'm ready for them and the better man is going to get the best shots. I don't mind getting knocked out as long as they revive me by waving my paycheck across my face. Achilles might have had his heel, but I've got a glass temple and ... See more »


He and second wife Joyce were married in 1980 but had lived together since 1958. See more »

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