Richard DUNN (1945-)

Richard Dunn
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Richard Dunn, heavyweight boxer, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews on a building site in central London.


Richard’s professional career began with a win in a heavyweight eliminator competition in 1969. In 1973 he defeated Billy Aird in an eliminator for the British Heavyweight Championship but lost the final eliminator against Bunny Johnson after a tenth-round knockout in Manchester. However, when he faced the same opponent at Wembley for both the British and Commonwealth titles in September 1975, he prevailed on points after 15 rounds.


After winning the European Heavyweight title against Bernd August in April 1976, he was given the chance of fighting for the World titles against Muhammad Ali in Munich, Germany, and it’s just ahead of this fight that Richard is honoured on This Is Your Life.


“You’re kidding! What do you know!”

Screenshots of Richard Dunn This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 439
  • Subject No: 436
  • Broadcast live: Wed 28 Apr 1976
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 16
  • Edition: 25
  • Code name: Ring

on the guest list...

  • Janet - wife
  • George Biddles
  • Jim Docherty
  • Peter Collins
  • David Marshall
  • John Gibson
  • Veronica - mother
  • Walter - father
  • Pat – sister
  • Helen - sister
  • Kathleen - sister
  • Michael - brother
  • Paul - brother
  • Mary - sister
  • Maria - sister
  • Veronica – sister
  • Walter - brother
  • Philip – brother – via telephone
  • Muhammad Ali – live link
  • Malcolm Carter
  • Barry Bottomley
  • Raymond Bottomley
  • Leslie Steadman
  • Captain Bill Bell
  • George Phipps
  • Bernard Jones
  • Howard Otley
  • Bill Whitehead
  • Sergeant John Fargen
  • Jim Devaney – father-in-law
  • Lawrence Devaney – brother-in-law
  • Jimmy Devaney – brother-in-law
  • Winifred Waite
  • Derek Simpkin
  • Eddie Fenton
  • John Conteh
  • Richard - son
  • Karen - daughter
  • Gillian - daughter
  • Filmed tribute:
  • Building site workmates

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production team...

  • Researchers: Debbie Gaunt, Marilyn Gaunt
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Director: Mike Dormer
  • Executive Producer: Jack Andrews
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 16: Ronnie Dukes > Ray Milland > Mike Hailwood > Frank Windsor > Magnus Pyke > Bill Tidy > Gladys Mills > Andy Stewart > Windsor Davies > Ray Reardon > Patrick Mower > Alberto Remedios > Susan Masham > Betty Driver > Henry "Shrimp" Davies > Gwen Berryman > Vince Hill > Arnold Ridley > Beryl Reid > Alan Mullery > Percy Thrower > Gareth Edwards > June Whitfield > Terry Fincher > Richard Dunn > Norman Croucher