Kirk Kerkorian

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Birth Name: Kirk Kerkorian
Born: 06/06/1917
Birth Place: Fresno, California, USA

Born Kerkor Kerkorian in Fresno, CA, on June, 6, 1917, Kerkor (or 'Kirk', as he came to be known) was the son of Armenian immigrant parents. Not much of a student growing up, Kerkorian dropped out of school after the eighth grade to become a boxer. Under the tutelage of his older brother, Nish, (himself a former pro boxer), Kerkorian became a better-than-average pugilist himself and won a number of amateur matches under the alliterative moniker, "Rifle Right" Kerkorian. Soon after winning the Pacific amateur welterweight title, Kerkorian briefly considered going pro, but thought better of it after getting a stable job installing wall furnaces.

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