Al Silvani
Al Silvani

Veteran actor/boxing trainer Al Silvani appeared as Rocky's "cut man" in the first three "Rocky" films.

Personal Information
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation: Boxing trainer, actor
Character information
Character played: Rocky's Cornerman
Appears in: Rocky
Rocky II
Rocky III

Al Silvani (born March 26, 1910 - died January 10, 1996) was a boxing trainer and veteran film/TV actor who appeared as Rocky Balboa's cornerman in the first three films of the Rocky franchise.

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 note-worthy 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 trainedEdit

  • Cisco Andrade
  • Alexis Argüello
  • Billy Backus
  • Nino Benvenuti (Late in his Career)
  • Tom Bogs
  • Mustafa Hamsho (For second Hagler fight)
  • Eddie Machen
  • Tami Mauriello
  • Suster Mathis
  • Floyd Patterson (Later in his Career)
  • Al Tribuani
  • Cleveland Williams
  • Robert De Niro (for his role as Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull)


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


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

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