Frank Bruno is one of Britain's best loved
sportsmen. Today, he faces the biggest fight of his life as
he deals with being committed to a psychiatric hospital for
depression. Bruno was renowned for his punches, but his fame
rested as much on his charm outside the ring as his power
Franklyn Roy Bruno was born at Hammersmith Hospital in London.
He was the youngest of 6 children from the union of his parents
Lynette & Robert Bruno. Michael, Eddie, Faye Joanne, and
Angela are his siblings.
His parents settled down in Wandsworth in London. His father
Robert who was from Dominica passed away in 1975, while his
mother Lynette is a district nurse and a Pentecostal lay preacher
Frank attended schools at Swaffield Primary and Oak Hill schools
in Sussex where he excelled in football and athletics. He
began boxing at 9 at the local Wandsworth Boys Club. During
his amateur career, he amassed a 20-1 career, losing to (and
eventually beating) Joe Christie while representing the Philip
Game Amateur Boxing Club. His amateur career culminated with
Frank boxing for Young England and becoming the youngest Amateur
British Champion at 18.
As a professional fighter he weighed 247lbs and stood 6'3"
tall. He amassed a record of 40-4 losing world title fights
to Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Tim Witherspoon, and James "Bonecrusher"
Smith; fighting a total of 167 rounds, winning 38 inside the
distance, and 17 of those by knockout. Frank's career peaked
on 3rd September 1995 when he beat Oliver McCall on points
at Wembley Stadium to become the World Boxing Council Heavyweight
Champion. He retired from boxing in August 1996.
Frank was awarded an MBE in 1990, and is a member of Equity.
He's an accomplished actor performing alongside Michael Barrymore
(with record box office sales), he played Robin Hood in Bristol
& Bradford, alongside British comedians Little & Large,
as well as Ringmaster in 'Goldilocks & the 3 Bears' in
Birmingham. He's divorced from ex-wife Laura Mooney &
kids Rachel, Nicola, & Franklyn.