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Early Life

Jonathan "Jack" Murdock was a professional boxer and the husband of Maggie Murdock; his son was Matt Murdock, who became the sightless crimefighter Daredevil. Jack's wife left him and Matt under the influence of postpartum depression, and became a nun.[1]

Jack Murdock consistently urged his young son to study hard and make something of himself. He also warned Matt not to fight other kids in the neighborhood[2]; he wanted his son to make something of himself and be a better person than he was. On one occasion, when Jack had learned that Matt was fighting other neighborhood kids, Jack physically assaulted young Matt, immediately regretting this act and apologizing to his son for his mistake.

Despite being blinded in an accident, Matt kept his promise. Using Braille technology and studying diligently, Matt graduated college and became a law student at Columbia. At this time, Jack was an aging prize fighter having difficulty getting matches that paid money to support him and Matt.[2] He once entered a wrestling match as the masked "Red Devil" because of his dire financial situation. Afterwards, Jack felt that the endeavor was undignified and vowed never to do it again.

Shortly thereafter, with the help of the notorious promoter Roscoe Sweeney (aka "The Fixer"), Jack landed a big fight. Sweeney was a disreputable character who many boxers, previously including Jack, had steered clear of. Due to desperation from his lack of finances, Jack signed with Sweeney; much to his shock, the Fixer soon asked Jack to "take a dive" and lose this match on purpose. Perhaps remembering his shame of his performance as "Red Devil", Jack refused, and proceeded to fight and win the "fight of his career". As revenge, Sweeney had his men beat Jack to death when he walked out of the building shortly after the match.[2]

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  • Matt Murdock became Daredevil shortly after his father's death and quickly took revenge on the Fixer and his men. Since that time, he has often remembered, hallucinated, and dreamed of his father and their time together.

In the 2003 movie Daredevil; Jack Murdock was played by actor David Keith. Unlike his Earth-616 counterpart, his time of death was placed shortly after Matt became blind, instead of when Matt was in law school.

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