The Story Behind Muhammad Ali's Hollywood Star

Famed boxer and political activist Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74, and he leaves behind an incredible legacy, both in the sporting world and in the world of social justice. From the popularity of his most famous quotes to the impact he has made in navigating world peace, Ali's influence is easy to see, but there is one place where his stardom is particularly evident — just check out Muhammad Ali's Hollywood Walk of Fame star. The story behind this particular symbol of greatness is actually a really interesting one, and makes Ali stand out among the hundreds of other celebrities who have been granted the same honor throughout the years; unlike the other stars that pave Hollywood Boulevard, Ali's Hollywood star is the only one that hangs on a wall. The boxing great received his Hollywood star in 2002, and its positioning is notable. According to The Independent, Ali told organizers he wanted his star to be displayed on the wall outside the Dolby Theater, rather than embedded in the ground with the others, because he didn't want his named to be walked on. "I bear the name of our Beloved Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), and it is impossible that I allow people to trample over his name," he said.

Of all the 2,500 Hollywood stars that line the Walk of Fame, Ali's is the only one that is hanging, which just goes to show that the respect Ali demanded from his admirers is truly unique.

Ali's star was given to him after the Walk of Fame committee decided that boxing was a form of "live entertainment," and seeing as how Ali is one of the greatest boxers of all time, it only makes sense that he received one.


A funeral for Ali is expected to take place in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, but thousands of people will visit Ali's Hollywood star as they pay tribute to the legendary athlete.

Ali died at Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, after being admitted for a respiratory illness. The boxing great will truly be missed.