OJ Simpson is a former American football player, broadcaster, actor, and advertising spokesman. He was very popular during his time when he played as a running back for eleven seasons with the ‘Buffalo Bills’ in the ‘National Football League’ (NFL). The fame and recognition he gained from football paved the way for other opportunities like acting and broadcasting. He continued with other ventures after his retirement from football.
OJ Simpson had kept the tabloids busy with his professional and personal life, which are always subject to media attention. The trial of OJ Simpson grabbed the eyeballs of the people and media and was popular in the popular culture when he was arrested on charges of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994. He was also involved in many criminal activities including the famous Las Vegas robbery, Drug trafficking, and Speeding to name a few. He is currently serving his jail term and is expected to be released on parole tentatively in the first week of October this year.
OJ simpson Biography
OJ Simpson was born on the 9th of July 1947, in San Francisco, California, United States of America. He is currently 75 years old
|Birth Name||Orenthal James Simpson|
|Nickname||O. J., The Juice|
|Date of Birth||July 9, 1947|
|Place of Birth||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Age||75 years old|
|Profession||Former Professional NFL Player, Broadcaster, Actor, and Advertising Spokesman|
- Father – Jimmy Lee Simpson (Bank Custodian and Chef)
- Mother – Eunice Simpson (Hospital Administrator)
- Siblings – Melvin Leon “Truman” Simpson (Brother), Shirley Simpson-Baker (Sister), Carmelita Simpson-Durio (Sister) (Died in 2009)
OJ Simpson attended Galileo High School (now Galileo Academy of Science and Technology) in San Francisco.
He was enrolled at City College of San Francisco in 1965. He then attended the University of Southern California (USC), which he had admired as a young football fan, and the University of Utah.
OJ Simpson Personal Life
Simpson married his high school sweetheart Marguerite L. Whitley on June 24, 1967, after dating for quite a few years. Simpson was just 19 years old and was a freshman at the University of Southern California (USC). They have three children: Arnelle in 1968, Jason in 1970, and Aaren in 1979. Aaren died shortly after his second birthday due to drowning in the pool. Simpson gradually attained fame and started dating Nicole Brown which led to differences between them. The couple eventually got divorced in 1979.
Simpson began dating Nicole Brown in 1977 while he was still married to his first wife Marguerite. After his first marriage crumbled, he eventually married Brown on February 2, 1985. Together, they have two children, Sydney Brooke Simpson, born in 1985, and Justin Ryan Simpson in 1988. The marriage only lasted up to seven years when Nicole Brown filed for divorce on February 25, 1992, citing irreconcilable differences. During the course of their marriage, Simpson used to abuse her. In one such incident, Brown called 911 where the responding officer found her hiding in the bushes with her face all swollen up and she even had an imprint on one side of her face and forehead. He pleaded no contest to the charges of spousal abuse.
Post that, Simpson had short-lived relationships with actress Tawny Kitaen and cosmetic surgeon Skylar Satenstein in 1993.
In 1992, Simpson began dating former Victoria’s Secret model Paula Barbieri, however, she called it off the morning of the day the murders of Brown and her friend were committed. She went to Los Vegas the same day but she returned after he was charged with murders to be by his side. In 1997, she released her book, The Other Woman: My Years with O.J. Simpson, in which she talked about her relationship with a former NFL star and talked about his obsession with Nicole.
Simpson’s last known relationship was with Christie Prody who was just 21 in 1997. In her 2013 interview, Christie revealed that Simpson was obsessed with his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson, long after her death. They were together until he was taken into custody on charges of armed robbery. On December 5, 2008, Simpson was sentenced to a total of thirty-three years in prison, with the possibility of parole after nine years.
|Height||Feet – 6 feet 1 inch|
Centimeters – 185 cm
Meters – 1.85 m
|Weight||Kilograms – 95 kg|
Pounds – 210 lbs
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Shoe Size||12 (US)|
Simpson forayed into the entertainment industry with the 1969 horror mystery film, The Dream of Hamish Mose, in which he was seen in a supporting role.
OJ Simpson made his debut TV appearance as himself in the comedy music show, The Ed Sullivan Show.
Simpson has been associated with a number of brands and products, including Hertz Rental Car Agency, TreeSweet orange juice, RC Cola, HoneyBaked Ham, pX Corporation, and Napa Naturals soft drinks among others. He has also appeared in many TV commercials and print ads.
OJ Simpson Net Worth
Simpson has an estimated net worth of $3 million US dollars as of 2023. After he was convicted in the murders of Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman, he was ordered to pay $33.5 million as compensation for damages to their families. It is said that he had paid only $500,000 to this date.
Though Simpson is a retired football player, he is still the richest NFL star in the USA. He once had a White Ford Bronco that became infamous in 1994 when he was involved in a two-hour low-speed chase by the Los Angeles Police. He also has about half a dozen exotic cars from world-famous brands.
He has had a very successful life in and off the football fields. Simpson bought a mansion in Rockingham in 1977 for $650,000 and lost the estate to foreclosure 20 years later. He is currently serving his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Centre, Nevada.
OJ Simpson Facts
Simpson was so notorious in his early teens that made him join a local group called Persian Warriors and was involved in crimes. He was briefly confined at the ‘San Francisco Youth Guidance Center’.
In 1973, he became the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season. He holds the record for the single-season yards-per-game average, which stands at 143.1. He is the only player to ever achieve that in the 14-game regular season NFL format.
He selected the ‘University of Southern California’ from the fifty colleges that wanted to recruit him. He played professionally in the NFL as a running back for 11 seasons, primarily with the Buffalo Bills from 1969 to 1977.
In 1975, People magazine described Simpson as “the first black athlete to become a bona fide lovable media superstar”
In 1977, he was the first footballer to grace the cover of the prestigious magazine, Rolling Stones.
Simpson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
He tried to register ‘The Juice’, ‘O.J.’, and ‘O.J. Simpson’ as trademarks for a wide range of goods during the 90s. Later in 2000, he gave in after William B. Ritchie opposed his move.
He was charged with murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994. The trial into the murder of Nicole and Goldman was dubbed as “trial of the century” and after 11 months, Simpson was found “not guilty” of two murders by the jury.
In February 1997, the civil jury found Simpson liable for the wrongful death and battery against Goldman, and battery against Brown. The court also asked him to pay damages amounting to $33,500,000.
In February 2001, he was arrested in Miami-Dade County on charges of battery and burglary in relation to a dispute with another motorist, which resulted in Simpson yanking off the motorist’s glasses. He was acquitted of both charges.
In December 2001, his house was raided by the FBI on suspicion of money laundering and ecstasy possession. After searching his house thoroughly for two hours, they didn’t find any illegal drugs.
In September 2007, he was arrested in Las Vegas with several charges including kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, assault, and armed robbery, and after trial on December 5, 2008, he was sentenced to 33 years of imprisonment. The judgment includes a no-parole condition for a minimum of 9 years. Presently he is imprisoned in the ‘Lovelock Correctional Center’.
His Ford Bronco which became infamous for police chase is on display in Pigeon Forge’s Alcatraz East Crime Museum.