|Real name||Charley Belanger|
|Rated at||Light Heavyweight|
|Birth place||Leonard's Bridge, CT|
|Death date||March 6, 1976 (aged 71)|
|Wins by KO||19|
Max Everitt Rosenbloom, known as Slapsie Maxie (born September 6, 1903, in Harlem, New York City – died March 6, 1976, in South Pasadena, California), was a boxing champion, film actor, and television personality.
Growing up in a tough New York neighborhood, Rosenbloom learned to defend himself. He was considered a clever boxer. Not a heavy puncher, as a professional he relied on hitting and moving to score points. He was very difficult to hit cleanly with a power punch and his fights often went the full number of required rounds.
Opinions over his nickname vary. He may have been called Slapsie Maxie because at times he seemed to slap his opponent with open gloves rather than punch. But "Slapsie" was a common term for punch-drunk, and Rosenbloom played that character with great popular success both in the ring, and later in films. This seems the more likely reason for the name.
Rosenbloom was extremely popular, and enjoyed gala parties, the company of movie actors, women, and even gamblers.
In his boxing matches he suffered thousands of head punches, which eventually led to the deterioration of his motor functions.
In 1937, he accepted a role in a Hollywood film. He became a character actor, portraying comical "big guys," in movies that included Each Dawn I Die. After retiring from boxing in 1939 he operated nightclubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He continued acting on radio, television, and in a number of films, usually playing comedy roles as a big, clumsy, punch-drunk -- but lovable -- lout.
Rosenbloom played an important part in television's first 90-minute drama, Requiem for a Heavyweight, written by Rod Serling, and starring Jack Palance as a boxer at the end of his career. Rosenbloom played an ex pug, whose life revolved around retelling old boxing stories night after night to other ex-pugs in a down and out bar. It is the fate that looms for Palance (as "Mountain McClintock") if he cannot adjust to a new life outside the ring.
Halls of Fame
Rosenbloom was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1972.