Stan Shaw (born July 14, 1952) played the part of boxer "Big Dipper" in the first Rocky film in 1976. Stan would later become well known for his role as Alex Haley's maternal grandfather Will Palmer in the 1979 ABC-TV miniseries Roots: The Next Generations.
Life and acting career
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Stan is the son of Bertha Shaw and saxophonist Eddie Shaw, and cousin of the late soul singers Sam Cooke and Tyrone Davis, and the brother of Vaan Shaw (guitarist/wolfgang). Shaw started his acting career in the Chicago production of the Broadway musical Hair as well as the Broadway production of The Me Nobody Knows.
Shaw appeared in Rocky (1976) as Dipper, another boxer. In a deleted scene, Dipper, infuriated by the attention Rocky Balboa has received, challenges him before a television reporter. The fight ends in a victory for Rocky, but unfortunately, the scene was lost in a studio fire.