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Rafer Johnson
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    (August 18, 1935- )
    Born in Hillsboro, Texas
    Moved at age 9 to Kingsburg, California
    Gold Medalist in the Decathalon at the 1960 Summer Olympics and Silver Medalist in the Decathalon at the 1956 Summer Olympics
    Gold Medalist in the Decathalon at the 1955 Pan American Games
    Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1958)
    James E. Sullivan Award winner for best amateur athlete (1960)
    Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year (1960)
    Was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams as a running back in 1959
    Thanks to the subpar conditions he experienced as a child in Texas, he has stated he would never go back to Texas.
    As a matter of fact, he has stated that if he stayed there, he would not even go to college.
    He branched out into acting after he was done as a decathlete.
    A lot of these acting gigs were guest spots on shows such as 'Dragnet,' 'Lassie,' 'The Six Million Dollar Man,' ' Quincy, M.E.' and 'Mission: Impossible.'
    He, a decathlete, once stated that 'The whole decathlon is ridiculous, but the 1,500 meters (the final event in the decathalon) is insanity.'
    He held the decathalon world record on three separate occasions.
    He was the US flagbearer at the Opening Ceremonies of the 1960 Summer Olympics and lit the Olympic Flame at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
    As someone who worked on Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 Presidential campaign, he helped pin down Sirhan Sirhan right after Sirhan assassinated Kennedy.
    He was among the first to be inducted into both the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
    He helped found the Southern California chapter of the Special Olympics.

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