Sometimes known as Chu Chu Malave, two-time Golden New York Gloves champ who later became an actor on shows like Deadly Hero.
He won his first professional fight at New York's Audubon Ballroom in 1970 at age 19.
After boxing, he became a successful actor and had a starring role in the NBC soap opera For Richer, For Poorer.
He was born to Puerto Rican parents.
He beat out Erik Michael Estrada for the role of Ramon Santos on the series Barney Miller.