Coca-Cola commercial[edit | edit source]

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.[1] It is widely considered to be one of the best television commercials of all time.[2][3] The commercial helped shift the public's perception of Greene as hostile and unapproachable, to a soft-hearted "nice guy".

Acting career[edit | edit source]

Other roles[edit | edit source]

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.[4] 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.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Shontell, Alyson (January 18, 2011) "The 10 Best Award-Winning TV Ads Everyone Must See". Business Insider
  2. Fowler, Scott (February 23, 1992). "Take it from Mean Joe: Famous ad wasn't easy". Philadelphia Inquirer.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
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