L_R: Ali's brother, Rahman Ali; mother, Odessa Clay; and father, Cassius Clay Sr. stand behind the boxer, in the front.
Rahman Ali is the younger brother of Muhammad Ali, and a former heavyweight boxer as well, with a 14-3-1 (14 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw) record. In his career he knocked out seven opponents and was himself knocked out once.
Rahman released his autobiography on January 17, 2015, titled "That's Muhammad Ali's Brother! My Life on the Undercard," which was coauthored by H. Ron Brashear.
A film based on Rahman Ali's life has been put into development by Goalpost Film and producer Evan J. Bochetto, which will tell his life story which isn't entirely different from his late older brother's - humble beginnings in Louisville, successful professional boxing career, civil rights struggles, and, later, battle with Parkinson’s disease; although Rahman would take a back seat to support his brother's successes, dedicating his life to his brother’s career, and boxing as a sport overall.
The producers of the film will work with Rahman's wife, Caroline Ali, on the biopic.
“Rahman witnessed Ali in private, scared for his life during the turbulent 60’s,” added Bochetto. “Together, the brothers stood beside Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad in the verbal call-to-arms against racism in America. The brothers’ relationship is the key to unlocking the emotional struggles behind Ali’s incredible journey, with Rahman there every step of the way. As children, they faced racial injustices together and as adults, Rahman was of tremendous personal support to Ali through his life and career. It’s time Rahman’s story is told.”
Rahman Ali will be 74 years old this year (in July).
Screen International was first to report on the Rahman Ali biopic.