'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 New Cast Revealed

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Sugar Ray Leonard, the only boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes, was host and mentor for the first three seasons of the series "Contender" on NBC & ESPN. Ray recently appeared in the Paramount Pictures feature film "The Fighter," and served as a consultant on the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures film starring Hugh Jackman, "Real Steel," being released fall 2011. Ray will release his first autobiography, "The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring" on June 7. Having learned to box at age 14, Ray's career includes three National Golden Gloves titles, two Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships and the 1975 Pan-American Games crown. After winning a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympic Games, he turned professional to help his family deal with mounting medical bills incurred because of his father's illness. The late Howard Cosell called Ray the "new Mohammed Ali." In 1977, at age 20, he won his first professional fight, setting the stage for a collection of some of the most memorable fights in history. He went on to defeat some of the finest boxers of the modern era, including Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler, from whom Ray won the world middleweight title. During his 20-year professional career, he also won world titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, a record unmatched in professional boxing history. Ray has been a successful television broadcaster for NBC, ABC, HBO and ESPN. He is also among the most sought-after motivational/inspirational speakers in the world. His speech, entitled "POWER" (Prepare, Overcome, and Win Every Round), is consistently booked with major Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Ray has always been devoted to the community and for many years has been the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for a Cure. He also participates in a variety of national and international causes benefiting children's charities. Ray has four children and lives in Southern California with his wife, Bernadette.


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Ralph Macchio

An actor, writer, director and producer, Ralph Macchio first gained world recognition for playing the title role in the popular classic "The Karate Kid" and its successors, "The Karate Kid II" and "The Karate Kid III." His extensive list of film credits includes Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" and the hit film "My Cousin Vinny." Among his multiple television credits, Ralph had a two-season arc on ABC's "Ugly Betty," a comedic guest star lead on the series "Psych," as well as a dramatic guest lead character on ABC's drama, "The Whole Truth." He was seen as a guest star on the hit series "Entourage," as well as the comedy "Headcase." Ralph recently appeared in a funnyordie.com viral video sensation, "Wax On, #### Off," which has gathered rave reviews from critics and viewers since its release this past summer. On the New York stage, he made his Broadway debut starring opposite Robert DeNiro in the sold-out Joseph Papp production of "Cuba and His Teddy Bear" at the Longacre Theatre.


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