Coley Wallace, who once knocked out Rocky Marciano and played Joe Louis in two movies, died Jan. 30 in Manhattan of heart failure. He was 77.
Wallace had a six-year career as a pro, but his most memorable moment came as an amateur in 1948, when he defeated Marciano in the New York Golden Gloves tournament. It is believed that the tournament defeat was Marciano’s only loss. Marciano later won the heavyweight championship and was unbeaten in 49 pro fights.
Wallace is best known for portraying Joe Louis on film, in “The Joe Louis Story” in 1953 and again in Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” in 1980.
Wallace also starred in “Carib Gold” in 1957 and played a part in “Rooftops” in 1989.
He is survived by his wife, Pearlie-May, and a daughter.