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Johnny Indrisano

Johnny Indrisano (November 1, 1906 — July 6, 1968) was an American welterweight boxer whose career spanned the period from 1923 to 1934.


Indrisano was born in Boston. He defeated two world welterweight champions; Lou Brouillard (in two out of three bouts) and Jackie Fields. However, Indrisano never received a match for the world welterweight title.

Indrisano retired with a record of thirty seven wins (two wins by knockout) and nine defeats.

After his retirement from boxing, Indrisano had a career as a referee, stunt man, and bit-part actor in films such as Some Like It Hot and Guys and Dolls. He appeared in The Bowery Boys films (Live Wires, Mr. Hex, and Trouble Makers), a number of Joe Palooka movies, and three Elvis Presley films (Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, and It Happened at the World's Fair).

He died in Los Angeles, aged 61.

Personal life

Indirisano married Mary Vardaro in the early 1930s, with whom he had a daughter, Kathleen. They were divorced in the 1940s. He committed suicide by hanging in his home in the Mount Olympus section of Los Angeles on July 6, 1968, his daughter's birthday, after a long bout of depression.[citation needed]

Partial filmography


  1. ^ Wise, Robert (Director) (6 July 2004). Audio Commentary: The Set-Up (Motion picture). Warner Studios. 

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