On today, July 9, O.J. Simpson celebrates his birthday from behind bars. Orenthal James Simpson better known as O.J. Simpson was born on July 9, 1947.
Simpson, a retired professional football player was also known as “The Juice.” During his professional career, Simpson also appeared briefly in film and worked as a football broadcaster. His acting career began with a role in the television mini-series, Roots (1997). From there, he moved to other box office hits such as The Towering Inferno (1974) and Capricorn One (1978).
During his football career, Simpson was the first African American football player to rush more than 2000 yards. His benchmark was set in 1973 and he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
By 1994, Simpson’s famed life hit a downward spiral. His ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered in June 1994. Simpson was the prime suspect but was acquitted of a double homicide and all criminal charges associated with the murder. However, after the acquittal Simpson a civil court revealed him as liable for the wrongful death of Ronald Goldman and the stabbing of Nicole Simpson. He was ordered to pay Goldman’s father 33.5 million dollars in damages.
In 2007, Simpson was arrested in Nevada and charged with kidnapping and robbery along with other felonies. He was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years. Simpson served nine years and will be celebrating this birthday a free man.