Height of Randall “Tex” Cobb

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height: 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)


The height of Randall “Tex” Cobb is 6 ft 3 in (191 cm).

1. Where did Randall “Tex” Cobb come from ?

In addition to his fighting career, he has also acted in numerous movies and television series, usually appearing as a villain or henchman. Examples include acts in the Coen brothers movie Raising Arizona and the popular programs Miami Vice and Walker, Texas Ranger.

2. What could we know about Randall “Tex” Cobb besides his height ?

Randall Cobb was born in Bridge City, Texas, the son of Norma Grace (nĂ©e 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.

3. What are the projects of Randall “Tex” Cobb ?

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 movies 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.

4. Somme collaborations with Randall “Tex” Cobb ?

After nine straight wins as a kickboxer, Cobb lost his first two amateur bouts. In his professional-boxing start 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!”[citation needed] 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.”[citation needed] 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?”[citation needed]

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 acts in movies 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 movie Uncommon Valor, in which he played a rare heroic act; 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 acts is the menacing outlaw biker/bounty hunter Leonard Smalls in the 1987 Coen Brothers movie 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.

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