Friday, February 27, 2009

The Mayor Of Little Italy: John "Cha Cha" Ciaria

warning, video contains strong language

We also have to visit Cha Cha while we're in the 6th Ward
John Ciarcia, whom most of us know as Cha Cha began his career as a boxing promoter, one of his earliest endeavors was managing the fighting career of television celebrity, Tony Danza (this was prior to being cast in the hit sitcom “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss”). The Madison Square Garden announcer John Condon, affectionately gave Cha Cha the nick name “The Unofficial Mayor of Little Italy” during one of the numerous boxing events held at the Garden.
John Cha Cha Ciarcia is best known in lower Manhattan as the guy you go to when you need something done! Whether it be helping young Italian immigrants learn their way through the streets of New York or casting over 400 extras for a Martin Scorcese film production, Cha Cha has always been the one to count on!
John Cha Cha Ciacia's career made the transition to acting. One of Cha Cha's earler appearances was in Martin Scorcese’s 1990 film, "Goodfellas". Cha Cha was part of the movie’s most memorable scene, as a member of Billy Batt’s (Frank Vincent) crew, he is sitting next to Billy Batts when the memorable line “Go get your shinebox” was said. This movie went on to win several prestigious awards which included an Academy Award, Directors Guild of America Award and a Los Angeles Film Critics Award. The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe, among others.

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