Greene appeared in a famous commercial for Coca-Cola that debuted on October 1, 1979, and was aired during Super Bowl XIV on January 20, 1980. The ad won a Clio Award in 1980 for being one of the best commercials of 1979. It is widely considered to be one of the best television commercials of all time. The commercial helped shift the public's perception of Greene as hostile and unapproachable, to a soft-hearted "nice guy".
While most well known for the Coca-Cola commercial, Greene has acted in other roles. One of his first acting roles was in The Black Six, a blaxploitation film starring other NFL players including fellow Hall of Famers Lem Barney, Willie Lanier, and Carl Eller. Greene also played himself in a TV movie on teammate Rocky Bleier, titled Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story, and in Smokey and the Bandit II.
- ↑ Shontell, Alyson (January 18, 2011) "The 10 Best Award-Winning TV Ads Everyone Must See". Business Insider
- ↑ Fowler, Scott (February 23, 1992). "Take it from Mean Joe: Famous ad wasn't easy". Philadelphia Inquirer.
- ↑ Mooney, Philip; Ryan, Ted; Nash, Helen (November 29, 2000). "Highlights in the History of Coca-Cola Television Advertising". Library of Congress. Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100308123331/http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ccmphtml/colahist.html.
- ↑ Butters, Gerald R. (2016). From Sweetback to Super Fly: Race and Film Audiences in Chicago's Loop. University of Missouri Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0826273291. https://books.google.com/books?id=QmxxDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA104&lpg#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved August 25, 2018.