Born in Mexico, "Fists of Steel" star Carlos Palomino has made his mark in the United States and the world as a champion athlete, a charismatic actor, and a dedicated activist who donates generous amounts of time to anti-substance abuse, anti-gang, and educational programs for young people.
Athlete: Carlos Palomino, is well known to sports enthusiasts for winning and holding the world welterweight boxing championship from 1976-1979. A latecomer to the sport, he took to boxing while in the army during the early 1970's. He turned pro in 1973 and entered college the same year. Three years later he celebrated both his championship victory and the award of his bachelor's degree in recreation administration from California State University, Long Beach, becoming the only boxer in history to simultaneously hold a college degree and a boxing championship. In 1989, Palomino was one of the youngest boxers ever to be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
Actor: Keeping in promise to himself to retire from boxing at age thirty, Carlos took up a new career in 1979, acting. Since that time, he has appeared in seven feature films, seven television series, theater productions, and commercials for products such as Miller Lite and V-8 juice. He first appeared in Peter Fonda's "Dance of the Dwarfs", "Fists of Steel" and "Down and Dirty". he has also co-starred in television hits "Hills Street Blues", "Buck Rogers" and "Taxi".
Activist: With three children of his own and ten brothers and sisters, Carlos Palomino has always enjoyed working with young people. for many years he has been active in counseling kids from the barrios of Los Angeles, encouraging them to stay in school and away from drugs and gangs. He is active in the Narconon program within the school system, visiting classes and speaking to students about his boxing career experience with providing the insight necessary to reach young people. He has received numerous awards for his charitable work and has also been recognized by several community organizations and leaders.