Juke Box Racket (1960) Poster


Charles Celeste was a part actor from Boston and a successful professional feather weight" boxer in the fifties. He was in the same stable as Willy Pep and Tony DeMarco. He was a decorated veteran who served on the Mermansk Run, then later as serving as a navy guard on a merchant ship, where he was attacked by local pirates in Monrovia, Liberia while on guard duty. Charlie hit over the head and thrown down the hatch on a Friday night. His commander thought he was AWOL, but they found him unconscious three days later in the hold. He spent four months in a body cast in an African hospital and recuperated to fight professionally. When Juke Box Racket premiered in Boston, the whole family attended. Unfortunately, his immigrant Sicilian mother walked out in disgust, upon the first semi-nude scene, and as the movie went on, it was apparent that Charlie was the thug who moved juke-boxes in and out establishments that the mob pressured. It was such a repetitive scene in the movie that Charlie's brother Angelo, exclaimed out loud in the theater to much laughter "you call yourself an actor...you're a furniture mover!" Charles still has the handsome flat nosed boxer look, and resides in Hollywood, Florida.
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