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Louis Zamperini

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He finished 8th in the 5000 meter competition in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin Germany. Then earned a Crimson Center medal after becoming held like a prisoner of battle in Ofuna, Japan during Globe Battle II. When he enrolled at Torrance SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in California, he hardly spoke British and other college students teased him. Then went on to wait the University or college of Southern California where he arranged a national university record for the mile, which he went in 4 moments and 8 mere seconds. After his battle career, he started a career like a Christian inspirational loudspeaker. He was created to Anthony Zamperini and Louise Dossi, a set of Italian immigrants, and elevated with a sibling called Pete and two sisters called Virginia and Sylvia. He was wedded to Cynthia Applewhite from 1946 to 2001. Laura Hillenbrand published a publication about his existence and it had been adapted right into a 2014 film known as Unbroken, aimed by Angelina Jolie.

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Full Name Louis Zamperini
Date Of Birth January 26, 1917
Died July 2, 2014, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Olean, NY
Height 1.75 m
Weight 60 kg
Profession War Hero
Education Torrance High School, University of Southern California
Nationality Italian, American
Spouse Cynthia Applewhite
Children Luke Zamperini, Cissy Zamperini
Parents Louise Dossi, Anthony Zamperini
Siblings Pete Zamperini, Sylvia Zamperini, Virginia Zamperini
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross, Prisoner of War Medal, Purple Heart, Air Medal
Movies Zamperini: Still Carrying the Torch
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1He was to be the Grand Marshal for the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade, held before the football playoff game in Pasadena, California. In response to Zamperini's July 2, 2014 death, the Tournament of Roses committee announced they are "committed to honoring him as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade".
2His wife Cynthia predeceased him. He was survived by his son, Luke Zamperini, his daughter, Cynthia Zamperini Garris, and a grandchild.
3He was a first generation American, the son of two Italian immigrants.
4University of Southern California's track & field stadium's entrance was named Louis Zamperini Plaza in 2004.
5During his World War II military service, he was a B-24 bombardier in a plane nicknamed the Green Hornet. While flying a rescue mission May 27, 1943, the Green Hornet had a mechanical failure and fell into the ocean. After 47 days floating in a rubber life-raft at sea with two other crew members (one of the others died after 33 days), he and the plane's co-pilot were rescued/captured by the Japanese, and he spent almost two years, frequently tortured, in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp.
6For his military service and time as a prisoner of war, he received the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the World War II Prisoner of War Medal.
7He attended Torrance High School, where he was a track star. In 1934, he set the national high school track record for the mile at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. His record time of 4 minutes 21.2 seconds held for 20 years. His efforts earned him a scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC).
8For his 81st birthday in January 1998, he returned to Japan to run a leg of the Olympic torch relay for the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano. He was also a torch bearer for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
9Inducted to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois, USA in October 2008.
10The home football, soccer, and track stadium for Torrance High School has been named Zamperini Stadium in his honor.
11Born in New York, his family moved to Torrence, California in 1920.
12In the 1950s, Tony Curtis approached Zamperini, after the release of Zamperini's first book, about making a film with Curtis portraying Zamperini.
13He is the subject of a 2010 biography by Laura Hillenbrand, "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption." A critical and popular success, it hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list in 2010.
14One of his fellow prisoner of war camp mates was Gregory H. 'Pappy' Boyington, writer of the book "Baa Baa Black Sheep," upon which "Black Sheep Squadron" (1976) (original title Black Sheep Squadron (1976)) was based.
15The Torrance airport was renamed Zamperini Field on December 7, 1946.
16Zamperini resided in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California at the time of his death.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
They Died with Their Boots On1941Soldier (uncredited)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame1939Street Urchin (uncredited)

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unbroken2014/Ibiographical advisor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unbroken2014/Iin memory of
Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War1998TV Series documentary special thanks to - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Glickman2013TV Movie documentary
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV SeriesHimself
Taking Flight: The History of Torrance Municipal Airport2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War1998TV Series documentaryHimself - POW in Japan, WWII
Zamperini: Still Carrying the Torch1992Video documentary short

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
On the Record w/ Brit Hume2014TV SeriesHimself

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