Randall "Tex" Cobb
|Randall "Tex" Cobb|
|Born||Randall Craig Cobb|
May 7, 1950
Bridge City, Texas, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Rank||Black belt in Karate|
|Years active||1975 – 2001|
|Professional boxing record|
Randall Craig "Tex" Cobb (born May 7, 1950) is an American actor, martial artist, and former professional boxer who competed in the heavyweight division. Widely considered to possess one of the greatest chins of all time, Cobb was a brawler who also packed considerable punching power. He began his fighting career in full contact kickboxing in 1975 before making the jump to professional boxing two years later. He challenged Larry Holmes for the WBC heavyweight title in November 1982, losing a one-sided unanimous decision. Cobb took wins over notable heavyweights of his era such as Bernardo Mercado, Earnie Shavers, and Leon Spinks. He was ranked in the global top 10 heavyweight boxers by the Ring (in 1981 and 1982) and BoxRec (in 1982).
In addition to his fighting career, he has also acted in numerous films and television series, usually appearing as a villain or henchman. Examples include roles in the Coen brothers film Raising Arizona and the popular programs Miami Vice and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Randall Cobb was born in Bridge City, Texas, the son of Norma Grace (née Alexander) and Williard Glynn Cobb, a factory foreman. He was raised in Abilene, Texas, and attended Abilene High School, where he played on the football team. Cobb later studied at Abilene Christian University, but dropped out at the age of 19, and began karate training. He lived in the dojo, cleaning the mats to earn his keep. After earning his black belt, he craved full-contact competition, thus took up kickboxing, fighting in an era when only full contact rules were used in the United States. He won his first nine matches, going 9–0 with all knockouts.
He TKO'd El Paso Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion and karate black belt, David Ochoa, in the first-ever professional kickboxing event in El Paso, Texas, in 1975. The promoters were Robert Nava and boxing trainer Tom McKay under the guidance of boxing guru and matchmaker, Paul Clinite. Clinite signed Randall to a professional-boxing contract a few weeks later. He also signed Ochoa, who had fought amateur under the guidance of McKay as his trainer. Clinite provided films of heavyweight boxers to study to get the huge Cobb a good style. After a few days, it was decided that Randall should work at learning the "Joe Louis shuffle". Randall, Paul, and Tom spent a few months at El Paso's San Juan Boxing Gym just doing the simple basics. A few months later, Clinite made arrangements for Randall to be sent to Joe Frazier's gym in Philadelphia.
After nine straight wins as a kickboxer, Cobb lost his first two amateur bouts. In his professional-boxing debut on January 19, 1977, in El Paso, he knocked out Pedro Vega. He went on to win 13 straight fights by 1979, all by knockout. Cobb was a fighter who had hitting power, as shown by his eighth-round knockout victory over Earnie Shavers in 1980. He lost his two following bouts to Ken Norton and Michael Dokes, respectively, but soon bounced back to earn a shot at Larry Holmes' WBC World Heavyweight Championship. On November 26, 1982, at Houston's Astrodome, Cobb was defeated in a unanimous decision by Holmes, who won all 15 rounds on two of three scorecards. The bloody one-sidedness of the fight, which came 13 days after the bout between Ray Mancini and Duk Koo Kim that led to Kim's death four days later due to brain trauma, horrified sportscaster Howard Cosell so much that he vowed never to cover another professional match, which Cobb jokingly referred to as his "gift to the sport of boxing." When prodded further regarding Cosell's remarks, Cobb observed, "Hey, if it gets him to stop broadcasting NFL games, I'll go play football for a week, too!" When asked if he would consider a rematch, Cobb replied that he did not think that Holmes would agree, as Holmes' "hands could not take it." In an interview after the Holmes fight, he was asked how he could fight someone whose arms were a foot longer than his were, to which he replied, "Oh, it seemed that way to you too?"
He made a brief return to kickboxing on May 5, 1984, to challenge John Jackson for the Professional Karate Association United States Heavyweight title in Birmingham, Alabama, losing on points. Between late 1984 and 1985, he lost four straight fights, the last of which was a knockout at the hands of Dee Collier, the only time he was ever KO'd. After a two-year hiatus, he made a return to the ring and went on a 20-fight undefeated streak against lightly regarded opponents (including a win over past-his-prime former champ Leon Spinks in 1988) before retiring again rather suddenly in 1993. A 1993 Sports Illustrated article alleged that Cobb had participated in a fixed fight with Sonny Barch and had used cocaine with Barch and promoter Rick "Elvis" Parker before and after the fight. Cobb said the magazine libeled him, and he sued for US$150 million. In 1999, a jury awarded Cobb $8.5 million in compensatory damages and $2.2 million in punitive damages. However, the verdict was overturned in 2002 by a federal appeals court, which said that the article was not published with "actual malice". The magazine did not interview the referee and other ringside officials who were at the match, which tends to show that the magazine "might not have acted as a prudent reporter would have acted", the ruling stated. "But the actual malice standard requires more than just proof of negligence".
As a Hollywood actor, Cobb has played a series of villainous roles in films such as Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, Blind Fury, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, The Golden Child, Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, Fletch Lives, and Ernest Goes to Jail. He has made guest appearances on several television shows, including Miami Vice, Highlander: The Series, Married... with Children, Moonlighting, Walker, Texas Ranger, MacGyver (as the character Earthquake), and The X-Files.
Cobb's other appearances include the 1983 film Uncommon Valor, in which he played a rare heroic role; the 1987 movie Critical Condition, in which he plays a character in the psych ward who thinks he is a "brother" (an African American); The Champ, which referred to his boxing career by casting Cobb as a boxer who fights the title character, Billy Flynn; and Diggstown, in which he plays a prison inmate who fights at the behest of a con man. One of his more memorable roles is the menacing outlaw biker/bounty hunter Leonard Smalls in the 1987 Coen Brothers film Raising Arizona. Joel Coen later described Cobb as difficult to work with: "he's less an actor than a force of nature".
In 1992, he appeared in Vince Gill's music video for his song Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away.
Cobb lives in Philadelphia, and maintained a friendship with Philadelphia Daily News columnist Pete Dexter, who frequently commented on boxing. In a notorious 1981 Grays Ferry incident, Cobb came to the defense of Dexter, who during the course of a bar brawl, was severely beaten. Cobb rescued him and endured a broken arm, costing him a scheduled fight with Muhammad Ali. Ali then fought Trevor Berbick and lost.
Cobb's eldest son Bo was killed in an accident in early 2001. His younger son Joshua pursued a short career as a boxer.
In January 2008, at age 57, Cobb graduated magna cum laude from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in sport and recreation management. He remarked that it was odd to hear the cheers of a packed arena without being in a boxing ring. "It was nice to have that opportunity to wear a robe, to step up there and not have to worry about bleeding", Cobb said.
|42 Wins (35 knockouts, 7 decisions), 7 Losses (1 knockout, 6 decisions), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest|
|Win||42–7–1 (1)||Andre Smiley||TKO||2 (8)||1993-06-07||Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|Win||41–7–1 (1)||Mike Acklie||TKO||6 (8)||1993-05-01||Lincoln, Nebraska|
|Win||40–7–1 (1)||Guile Wilkinson||PTS||6 (6), 3:00||1993-04-19||Saint Louis, Missouri|
|Win||39–7–1 (1)||John Warrior||KO||1 (?)||1993-03-30||Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri|
|Win||38–7–1 (1)||Mike Smith||KO||1 (?)||1993-03-01||Allis Plaza Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri|
|Win||37–7–1 (1)||Paul Lewis||KO||3 (?)||1993-01-19||Boise Centre, Boise, Idaho|
|Win||36–7–1 (1)||Jim Taylor||KO||1 (?)||1992-12-03||Myriad Convention Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Win||35–7–1 (1)||Rick Kellar||TKO||4 (?)||1992-11-28||North Platte, Nebraska|
|Win||34–7–1 (1)||Jeff May||TKO||1 (10)||1992-10-27||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan|
|NC||33–7–1 (1)||Sonny Barch||NC||1 (10), 1:10||1992-09-15||War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida||Originally a TKO win for Cobb, overturned to a no contest after both fighters tested positive for cocaine|
|Win||33–7–1||Leon Spinks||MD||10 (10), 3:00||1988-03-18||Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee|
|Win||32–7–1||Michael Johnson||KO||6 (?)||1987-05-29||Birmingham, Alabama|
|Win||31–7–1||Aaron Brown||KO||5 (?)||1987-05-11||Finkey's Bar, Daytona Beach, Florida|
|Draw||30–7–1||Bill Duncan||TD||1 (?)||1987-04-17||Springfield, Missouri|
|Win||30–7||Rick Kellar||TKO||2 (10), 2:26||1987-04-07||Lincoln, Nebraska|
|Win||29–7||Louis Pappin||TKO||1 (10)||1987-04-06||Terre Haute, Indiana|
|Win||28–7||Frank Lux||TKO||2 (10), 0:55||1987-03-31||Madison Central High School, Richmond, Kentucky|
|Win||27–7||Stan Johnson||KO||1 (10)||1987-03-26||Fayetteville, Arkansas|
|Win||26–7||Frank Lux||KO||2 (?)||1987-03-21||Springfield, Missouri|
|Win||25–7||Phil Rendine||KO||2 (?)||1987-03-12||Hot Springs, Arkansas|
|Loss||24–7||Dee Collier||KO||1 (10), 2:33||1985-10-29||Reseda Country Club, Reseda, California|
|Loss||24–6||Eddie Gregg||UD||10 (10), 3:00||1985-05-20||Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada|
|Loss||24–5||Michael Dokes||TD||4 (12), 1:03||1985-03-15||Riviera, Las Vegas||For the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Championship, the bout was stopped due to an accidental foul.|
|Loss||24–4||James Douglas||MD||10 (10), 3:00||1984-11-09||Riviera, Las Vegas|
|Win||24–3||Mark Lee||MD||10 (10), 3:00||1984-09-13||Houston|
|Win||23–3||Ernie Smith||KO||1 (?)||1984-08-17||Houston|
|Win||22–3||Ruben Williams||UD||10 (10), 3:00||1984-02-22||Civic Auditorium, Bakersfield, California|
|Win||21–3||Mike Jameson||UD||10 (10), 3:00||1983-09-29||Circle Star Theater, San Carlos, California|
|Loss||20–3||Larry Holmes||UD||15 (15), 3:00||1982-11-26||Reliant Astrodome, Houston||For the WBC World Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||20–2||Jeff Shelburg||TKO||7 (10)||1982-04-19||Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Win||19–2||Bernardo Mercado||PTS||10 (10), 3:00||1981-11-06||Civic Arena, Atlantic City|
|Win||18–2||Harry Terrell||KO||5 (10)||1981-05-21||HemisFair Arena, San Antonio|
|Loss||17–2||Michael Dokes||MD||10 (10), 3:00||1981-03-22||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas|
|Loss||17–1||Ken Norton||SD||10 (10), 3:00||1980-11-07||HemisFair Arena, San Antonio|
|Win||17–0||Earnie Shavers||TKO||8 (10), 2:19||1980-08-02||Joe Louis Arena, Detroit|
|Win||16–0||Robert Echols||KO||1 (?)||1980-05-31||El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas|
|Win||15–0||Roy Wallace||UD||10 (10), 3:00||1980-05-09||El Paso, Texas|
|Win||14–0||Eusebio Hernandez, Jr.||KO||1 (?)||1980-03-21||El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas|
|Win||13–0||Terry Mims||KO||5 (?)||1979-10-24||Scranton, Pennsylvania|
|Win||12–0||Don Halpin||KO||3 (?)||1979-08-28||Atlantic City|
|Win||11–0||Jesse Crown||KO||2 (?)||1979-04-27||Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, New Jersey|
|Win||10–0||Zack Ferguson||TKO||1 (?), 2:54||1979-04-03||Spectrum, Philadelphia|
|Win||9–0||Rodell Dupree||TKO||6 (10)||1978-11-11||Boston Garden, Boston|
|Win||8–0||Paul Solomon||KO||2 (?)||1978-04-07||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|Win||7–0||Don Hinton||KO||1 (?)||1978-03-29||Silver Slipper, Las Vegas|
|Win||6–0||Dave Martinez||KO||1 (10)||1978-03-17||The Aladdin, Las Vegas|
|Win||5–0||David Wynne||KO||2 (?)||1977-07-08||San Diego Coliseum, San Diego|
|Win||4–0||Ernie Smith||TKO||3 (?)||1977-05-10||El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas|
|Win||3–0||Trinidad Escamilla||KO||1 (?), 1:56||1977-04-02||San Antonio Convention Center, San Antonio|
|Win||2–0||Tyrone Harlee||KO||2 (?)||1977-03-11||Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia|
|Win||1–0||Pedro Vega||TKO||1 (4)||1977-01-21||El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas|
9 wins (9 KOs), 2 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
|Braker||R.E. Packard||Television film|
|1986||The Golden Child||Til|
|The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission||Eric "Swede" Wallan||Television film|
|Raising Arizona||Leonard Smalls|
|Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol||Zack|
|Buy & Cell||Wolf|
|1989||Fletch Lives||Ben Dover|
|1990||Ernest Goes to Jail||Lyle|
|1991||Raw Nerve||Blake Garrett|
|1994||Ace Ventura: Pet Detective||Gruff Man|
|Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult||Big Hairy Con|
|1998||The Next Tenant|
|1985||Code of Vengeance||Willard Singleton|
|Hardcastle and McCormick||Dennis "Corky" Conklyn||Episode: "The Career Breaker"|
|1987||Miami Vice||Moon||Episode: "Down for the Count (Part 1)"|
|Moonlighting||Big guy in gas station||Episode: "Sam & Dave"|
|Frank's Place||Cyrus Litt||Episode: "Food Fight"|
|1988||MacGyver||Daniel Royce "Earthquake" Toberman||Episode: "The Spoilers"|
|1990–91||In the Heat of the Night||Frank Kloot||Episodes: "A Problem Too Personal" and "No Other Road"|
|1993||Married... with Children||The Burglar||Episode: "Un-Alful Entry"|
|Shaky Ground||Ned||Episode: "Stayin' Alive"|
|1994||Highlander: The Series||Kern||Episode: "Line of Fire"|
|1998||Walker, Texas Ranger||Dwight Trammel||Episode: "Survival"|
|2000||The X-Files||Bert Zupanic||Episode: "Fight Club"|
|2001||Walker, Texas Ranger||Ross Dollarhide / 'flashbacks', Desperado||Episode: "The Final Showdown"|
- Pete Dexter. "The Weight Of Tex Cobb's Belief". The Stacks.
- Brent Brookhouse (11 October 2012). "UFC 153: Bonnar vs. Silva, Tex Cobb vs. Larry Holmes and courage through standing in front of a locomotive". Bloody Elbow.
- The Ring Annual Ratings: 1980s.
- BoxRec's Annual Rankings: Heavyweight Annuals.
- "WILL OF IRON: The Sport and Times of Randall "Tex" Cobb". Fitflex.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
- Maxim March 2000; Page 84.
- "Jury Awards 'Tex' Cobb $10.7M". CBS News. 1999-06-11. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
- Randall 'Tex' Cobb's IMBD profile... https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002012/
- Levine, Josh (2000). The Coen Brothers: The Story of Two American Filmmakers. Toronto, Canada: ECW PRESS. p. 54.
- Hiltbrand, David (November 4, 2003). – "A Return to His Old Stomping Grounds". – The Philadelphia Inquirer.
- "Randall 'Tex' Cobb earns degree from Temple University". The Philadelphia Inquirer. January 26, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- "Randall Cobb Professional boxing record". BoxRec.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05.