Who is Mills Lane?
Mills Bee Lane III was a prominent American boxing referee and professional boxer, two-term Washoe County, Nevada, District Court Judge, and television personality. He was best known for having officiated several major heavyweight championship boxing matches in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. And for starring in the syndicated court show Judge Mills Lane. On June 9, 2013, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and was likewise inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on August 10, 2013.
How Old Is Mills Lane?
He was 85 years old at the time of his death on December 6, 2022. Having been born on November 12, 1937, in Savannah, Georgia, U.S. Mills shared his birthdate with celebrities such as; Erika Costell, NayVee Nelson, Anne Hathaway, Ryan Gosling, Dr. Mike, and many more.
Mills Lane Family
Who are Mills Lane’s Parents and Siblings?
His secretive nature has shown up in his personal life. He had managed to keep his family background very private. In case there is news regarding his parents and siblings, we will update it here as soon as possible.
Mills Lane Education
He received his high school education at Middlesex School where he played American football as a linebacker and ice hockey as a goaltender. Later in 1956, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was discharged in 1959. Subsequently, he enrolled at The University of Nevada, Reno where he graduated in 1963 with a business degree.
Mills Lane Marital Status
He was married to the love of his life Kaye Pierce. They married in 1980 until Lane’s death in 2022.
Mills Lane Kids
He and his wife Kaye have two kids. Two sons by the name Tommy Lane (born in 1986) and Terry Lane (born in 1982).
Mills Lane Career
A Boxing Career
He became a boxer while serving as a Marine, becoming the All-Far welterweight champ. In 1960, he was a National Collegiate Athletic Association welterweight boxing champion. However, he was defeated by Phil Baldwin in the semifinals in the U.S. Olympic Trials in San Francisco for the 1960 Summer Olympics. He then turned pro while in college and eventually earned a 10-1 (.909) record as a professional.
A Legal Career
He became Chief Deputy Sheriff of Investigative Services in 1979 at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. In 1982, he was elected District Attorney and District Judge 1990.
A Boxing Career
He refereed his first world championship boxing match in 1971 when Betulio Gonzalez had a fifteen-round draw with Erbito Salavarria for the WBC flyweight title. He went on and refereed Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II between heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and challenger Mike Tyson on June 28, 1997. Mitch Halpern was supposed to referee the fight but Tyson’s camp protested. Therefore Lane was brought in at the last minute.
After Tyson bit Holyfield’s ears twice, Lane thus disqualified him. Lane’s shirt was stained with blood from the incident and he sold it to a memorabilia collector on the same night. Less than three weeks later, he went on and refereed the Lennox Lewis vs. Henry Akinwande match. Just like Tyson vs. Holyfield, the fight ended in disqualification when Henry used illegal tactics, these being excessive clinching and ignoring Lane’s repeated orders to stop. After refereeing the fight between Thomas Hearns and Jay Synder, Lane retired as a boxing referee on November 6, 1998. In 2013, he was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Also, he was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on August 10, 2013.
A Television Career
He presided over the court show, Judge Mills Lane. From 1998 to 2001, the court show lasted for three seasons. In addition to this show, the producers of MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch approached him about having his character and voice used in their show as the referee of their plasticine figure matches. On November 16, 1998, he made an appearance on the episode of WWE Raw. And went on to appear on the Titantron and made a ruling in regard to a contract dispute between Stone Cold Steve Austin and the McMahon family. In addition, his guests voiced on an episode of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command in which he played a judge.
Mills Lane Height and Measurements
His height is not mentioned on the internet but had an average height and a weight of 66kg (145 lbs).
Mills Lane Salary and Net Worth
His salary is not mentioned on the internet but had a net worth of $3 million.