The 1980 movie "Raging Bull" about Jake LaMotta is not just a great boxing movie, it's widely considered one of the greatest movies ever made. What fight fans might be less familiar with is a 1956 Oscar-winning masterpiece called "Somebody Up There Likes Me" starring Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano.
This week on the Characters of Boxing (and Beyond) we profile the tumultuous life and career of Graziano, fighting out of Stillman's Gym in New York City. Graziano wasn't just a ferocious competitor inside the ring he was an absolute character outside of it. After his career ended he starred as an actor, alongside LaMotta, his childhood buddy, and Sugar Ray Robinson in the comedic sitcom "Car 54 Where are You?".
Today's podcast explores "Somebody Up There Likes Me", Graziano's deep troubles, and his subsequent triumphs. It also looks at the character he played on "Car 54" and explains what we can learn about the human condition from its narrative and incredibly poignant symbolism. Listen to the entire podcast episode here: