Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr.

Painting, Visual Artist

1912 – 1990

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Who was Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr.?

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr. was the father of American three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali and Rudolph Valentino Clay, who is now named Rahman Ali, and also was the grandfather of Muhammad's daughter Laila Ali. He married Odessa Grady Clay in the 1930s and worked as a painter and a musician. He was described as "a handsome, mercurial, noisy, combative failed dreamer" and a "hard-drinking, skirt-chasing dandy of a daddy". His son, Muhammad Ali, described him as "the fanciest dancer in Louisville."

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Born
Nov 11, 1912
Louisville
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  • United States of America
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  • Louisville
Died
Feb 8, 1990
Louisville

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on July 23, 2013

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