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Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal is known as the Shaq Attack to professional basketball fans all over the world. Having only been with the NBA for five seasons, O'Neal has already enjoyed a celebrated basketball career. Despite a knee injury that kept him out of the starting lineup for 28 games this season, O'Neal lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 56-26 record, a second-place finish in the Pacific Division and a remarkable appearance in the Western Conference Semifinals. He has been honored with the 1993 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and been elected to the NBA All-Star team in each of his first three professional seasons, as well as being voted one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of all time. Recently, O'Neal played for the Gold Medal-winning United States Dream Team II at the Olympic Games in Atlanta and was also voted Favorite Male Athlete by kids across the country at the 1997 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

Off the court, Shaquille O'Neal has successfully ventured into feature films, music, television and the worldwide web. He made his motion picture debut opposite Nick Nolte in Blue Chips and starred as the wish-granting genie in Kazaam. O'Neal has been featured in cutting-edge global advertisements for Reebok, Pepsi and Taco Bell, among many others, and was recently voted the Most Wanted personality for endorsements by the Fortune 500 companies.

O'Neal launched his music career as a rap singer with his debut album, Shaq Diesel, which went platinum, followed by Shaq Fu: Da Return, which reached gold status. You Can't Stop the Reign, his current album and the first to be released by O'Neal's own record label, T.W.Is.M. (The World Is Mine), continues to climb the charts, propelled by his hit single, Strait Playin' (I Like Playin' on the West Side). O'Neal was also responsible for signing three new acts to the label: R&B sensations 1 Accord and S.H.E. (Soul, Heart Energy); and rapper Peter Gunz.

Despite his accomplishments in sports and entertainment and his worldwide status as a celebrity icon, Shaquille O'Neal manages to maintain his philanthropic activities by uplifting and helping those who are less fortunate. He became the national spokesperson for RIF (Reading Is Fundamental), a national organization that engages millions of people of all ages in literacy programs, and has affiliated himself with organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and AEFK (Athletes and Entertainers for Kids), among others.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Shaquille O'Neal Facts

Birth NameShaquille Rashaun O'Neal
OccupationBasketball Player
BirthdayMarch 6, 1972 (51)
BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA
Height7' 1" (2m16)  How tall is Shaquille O'Neal compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam
Shaquille O'Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live From Sin City
Shaquille O'Neal Presents All Star Comedy Jam
Shaquille's O'Neal's All Star Comedy Jam
Shaquille O'Neal Presents All-Star Comedy Jam: Live From Sin City
Shaquille O'Neal's All Star Comedy Jam: Live From Las Vegas
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