Mike Tyson Decoded: How He Earned (And Squandered) a $300 Million Fortune

Once the king of the ring, Mike Tyson has had many ups and downs in his storied career

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A NEW BEGINNING

“This guy’s so unpredictable. You don’t know if he’s going to take you out to dinner or stab you with a fork.”

In an attempt to reinvent his tattered image (and pay his bills), Tyson took to Hollywood for a career in acting. Tyson, his self-titled documentary, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and received a 10-minute standing ovation. The film was released in the U.S. in April 2009, and went on to gross almost $1 million worldwide. That same year, Tyson tickled funny bones in the blockbuster comedy, The Hangover; he was reportedly paid $100,000 for his small cameo role.

2011 proved to be a busy year for the comeback kid. Tyson made $200,000 for his work in The Hangover Part II, and launched his reality show, Taking on Tyson, which explored Tyson’s love of all things pigeons, including auctions, rearing and competitive racing. The show’s premiere ratings were below average with only 560,000 viewers

Tyson continues his renaissance this month at the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas as he takes the stage for his one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth – Live on Stage. Tickets start at $99, and are reportedly selling well.  If the show is a success, he plans to take it on tour and then to Broadway. Inarguably the most outrageous character in modern sports history, Tyson is on a mission to show the world that just beneath the ferocious, hothead, who lived a life plagued with troubles, is a repurposed man with an inspiring tale of triumph and survival.

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