In 1990, Morrison made his acting debut in ‘Rocky V,’ as Tommy ‘Machine’ Gunn, a young and talented street fighter that becomes a protege of Rocky Balboa. You can see the clip of the movie above.
‘Rocky’ star Sylvester Stallone reportedly saw one of Marrison’s real life boxing matches and arranged for him to audition for the role.
3. He was Diagnosed with HIV in 1996
According to TMZ, Morrison tested positive for the AIDS virus in 1996. The illness ended his boxing career leading him to deny having the illness later in life, however Morrison was denied official entry back into professional boxing.
4. He Only Lost 3 of 52 Professional Fights
According to Morrison’s boxing record, the former heavyweight champion had an incredibly record consisting of 48 wins, 3 losses, and one draw.
Many of Morrison’s matches, including his championship fight against George Foreman, ended with a Unanimous Decision, meaning the three judges have all decided on the same winner.
5. His Boxing Nicknames was ‘The Duke.’
Like many boxers, Tommy Morrison had a catchy fighting nickname. He earned the title “The Duke” early due to his relation to film legend John Wayne. Morrison is the grandnephew of the real “Duke,” John Wayne’s famous nickname.