Shots At Greatness: Muhammad Ali In Pictures With Famous People

By 03.29.12

While toying around on Tumblr and simultaneously having a conversation with David, I picked up on two things.

1. Before the paparazzi documented celebrities and star athletes every move for them, Muhammad Ali invited the cameras in to capture so many moments of his life.

2. You’re nobody if you haven’t taken a photo with the greatest boxer of all-time. Rack up all the accolades you want, win Nobel prizes, make a gazillion dollars but your fame isn’t cemented until you’ve taken a pic with Ali.

All of these pictures just highlight how much of a dynamic personality The Greatest was and still is. Ali is easily one of the most revered athletes and public figures of our lifetime, and it’s made evident by how many stars from all walks of life went out of their way to take pictures with him or just be in his presence. Combine that with the fact that Ali was such a media magnet and there are tons of pictures documenting these actions. If only I could be a fly on the wall for these conversations.


Ali with big bad Andre The Giant


Ali with his trainer Angelo Dundee


Ali and Dundee again


Ali alongside other boxing champs and Don King


Ali with the equally eloquent with words Howard Cosell


Ali with Cosell


Ali and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad


The king of the ring with the King of Rock & Roll


Ali and Elvis


Muhammad with late singer Etta James


With literary great Hunter S. Thompson


The man formerly known as Cassius Clay with the man formerly known as Detroit Red



Malcolm shoots a photo of Muhammad


Ali with Michael J. Fox


With the only boxer who caused as much fear in the hearts of opponents, Mike Tyson


Miley Cyrus and boyfriend Liam Hemsworth


Ali and Pele


With two basketball legends, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul Jabar


The champ trains Sammy Davis, Jr.


The Beatles


Down the go The Beatles


The Jacksons get The Beatles back


With the King of Pop


Ali and Dylan


Malcolm and Muhammad, again


With Bill Cosby


Stevie and Ali pose together


Superheroes


Yes, even Superman gets in on the action, thanks to Neil Adams


With the Terminator


The President stakes him claim to fame

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