Olympic medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Bronze medal – third place 1948 London Decathlon
Bronze medal – third place 1952 Helsinki Decathlon

Floyd Macon Simmons (April 10, 1923 – April 1, 2008) was an American athlete and actor who competed mainly in the decathlon. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Raised in Charlotte, Simmons was the son of a builder and former football coach of Davidson College. Nicknamed "Chunk" by a nurse for his size when still a baby, Simmons played football for Central High School in Charlotte, North Carolina where he graduated in 1942.[1]

During World War II he was wounded in action in Italy while serving with the 10th Mountain Division.

He competed for the United States in the 1948 Summer Olympics held in London, England in the decathlon where he won the bronze medal. He repeated this feat four years later in the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland, where he again won the bronze medal. He continued to compete in Masters athletics into his 80s. He died in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"I chose 10 events and not just one pigeonhole, I didn’t want to do just high hurdles or the shot. I wanted to do it all. I suppose I still do."[2]

In addition to competing in sports Simmons was contracted to Universal Pictures alongside Rock Hudson and John Gavin. Simmons guest starred in many television shows and appeared in over a dozen films most memorably in South Pacific (1958). He was considered for the role of Brick in the film version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. as Allan Quatermain in Watusi[3] and was signed to play Mr. Roberts in a Joshua Logan television series of the same name that was unmade.[4]


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  2. ^ http://ncpreptrack.org/ChunkSimmons.html
  3. ^ "Watusi (1959) - Notes - TCM.com". Archived from the original on 2015-05-31.
  4. ^ p.11 Corsicana Daily Sun 26 December 1957