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Eddie "The Animal" Lopez is Still Around


Contrary to popular belief, former heavyweight boxing contender Eddie "The Animal" Lopez is not in jail and he is certainly not dead. When he does decide to venture out in public, he can usually be found riding his beach cruiser in Highland Park. To persons not partial to the boxing world, Lopez is best known for his three feature film roles, all released in 1979, in which he played himself. He was a boxer at a kid's camp in "The Main Event" starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal. He was also given the role of a corner man in "The Champ" starring Jon Voight and Faye Dunaway. In his third and most famous role that year, Lopez played a boxer in a speaking role he landed in "Rocky II." Lopez says the Rocky II role is his proudest. "They were really good people," he says. "I hung out with Sylvester Stallone off set and I forged a really good friendship with Burgess Meredith back then." 


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