Boxer/Actor Billy Tripoli & Frank Sinatra

Capital Region fighter  Billy Tripoli had two ambitions in the 1940s, boxing and acting.  He headed to California, where he did a little of each.  Tripoli took drama lessons in Los  Angeles with an eye on roles in boxing movies.  After getting roles in a couple of small theater plays, he realized that his career was not going anywhere without an education.  Tripoli went to college and became a teacher in Burbank, California.  He once told an interesting story about his trip west.  Along the way, he decided to break up a long ride with a stop in Las Vegas.  When Tripoli entered the casino, Frank Sinatra was giving one of the tables a play.  What was good for old blue eyes was good for him.  Tripoli proceded to blow his wad of bills, and he began his California life without a buck in his pocket.

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