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Shaquille O'Neal, also known as Shaq or Shaq Diesel, is an American professional basketball player, who has also dabbled in acting and rapping, as well as appearing in a number of Taco Bell commercials.


Celebrated for his gregarious nature, O'Neal has appeared in several commercials for Taco Bell, as well as fellow Yum! Brand product, Pepsi.

References in Popular Culture[]

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O'Neal appeared in a general Taco Bell commercial in which he suffered from a fictitious disorder known as Taco-Neck Syndrome as a result of constantly turning his head to take a bite of Crunchy Taco. Lakers general manager Jerry West also appeared in the spot. A similar but slightly different version of the commercial was also employed to advertise the Big-Border Taco.

Double Decker Taco[]

O'Neal was featured alongside fellow center Hakeem Olajuwan in the inaugural commercial for the Double Decker Taco in 1995.

Personal Life[]

Born in Newark, New Jersey on March 6, 1972, O'Neal married Shaunie Nelson in 2002. They currently reside in Miami, Florida with their four children: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me'arah.

Basketball Career[]

O'Neal attended Louisiana State University for 3 years before being selected by the Orlando Magic with the #1 overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. He played 4 seasons for Orlando before signing with the Los Angeles Lakers before the 1996-97 season. O'Neal won 3 championships with the Lakers and garnered an additional ring as a member of the Miami Heat in 2005-06. Currently, O'Neal plays for the Cleveland Caveliers.