Al Silvani

Al Silvani (March 26, 1910 – January 10, 1996) was an American boxing trainer and actor.

Al Silvani
Born(1910-03-26)March 26, 1910
DiedJanuary 10, 1996(1996-01-10) (aged 85)
OccupationBoxing trainer, actor

As one of the most sought-after trainers in the business, Silvani trained over twenty world champions, including Jake LaMotta, Henry Armstrong, Carmen Basilio, Fritzie Zivic, Pone Kingpetch, Rocky Graziano, Ingemar Johansson, and Lou Ambers.

He also had a lengthy career in the film industry as an actor, stunt man, and as a technical advisor—most noteworthy a lead role in Robin and the Seven Hoods. He also appeared in From Here to Eternity, Ocean's Eleven, Stir Crazy, Every Which Way But Loose, The Gauntlet, Rocky, Rocky II and Rocky III.

He was a close personal friend of Frank Sinatra and hung out with Sinatra's Rat Pack.

Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

2006 California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee.

Fighters trained


Silvani died in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles in 1996.


Year Title Role Notes
1953From Here to EternitySoldier Leaving New Congress ClubUncredited
1956Somebody Up There Likes MeRocky's SecondUncredited
1958TempestadePope Gerasim
1959Al CaponeWaiterUncredited
1959The Gene Krupa StoryMan Rubbing Krupa's ShouldersUncredited
1960Ocean's 11Burlesque Club ManagerUncredited
1960Let No Man Write My EpitaphBit RoleUncredited
1961The Young SavagesDention Center GuardUncredited
1962Kid GalahadTraining Camp SpectatorUncredited
1963Come Blow Your HornBell-HopUncredited
1964Robin and the 7 HoodsRobbo's Hood #4
1965Von Ryan's ExpressAmerican P.O.W. at Train StationUncredited
1965Marriage on the RocksMexican CharacterUncredited
1972Fat CityReferee at Tully-Lucero FightUncredited
1973The All-American BoyRefereeUncredited
1975The Black BirdBartender
1976RockyCut Man
1977Bobby DeerfieldMechanic
1977The GauntletPolice Sergeant
1978Every Which Way But LooseTank Murdock's Manager
1979Rocky IICutman
1980Stir CrazyInmateUncredited
1982Rocky IIIAl


    • The Ring magazine, Corner Men: Great Boxing Trainers - Ronald K. Fried

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