Haute Secrets: The Fate of the Furious Star Celestino Cornielle

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From a street racing undercover cop, to a marine sergeant, and lending his voice and image to a navy seal in one of the biggest video game franchises in history, Celestino Cornielle has quickly become known for the dynamic characters he has brought to life on screen. In 2017 Celestino can be seen in the highly anticipated “The Fate of the Furious,” the latest installment of the “Fast & the Furious” franchise, this Friday as Raldo.  In addition to “The Fate of the Furious” Celestino recently wrapped filming the two-episode season finale of TNT’s hit series “Major Crimes,” playing Cristian Ortiz, a former marine who, after being wrongfully imprisoned for 11 years, has declared war against the city of L.A.

Additional recent credits for Celestino include guest star roles on: “Shooter” for USA Network, “Minority Report” and “The Finder” for FOX, “Agent X” and “Rizzoli & Isles” for TNT, “NCIS Los Angeles,” “CSI Miami,” and “The Mentalist” for CBS, Agents of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” for ABC, “House of Payne,” (various networks), and “Dexter” for Showtime, to name a few. Outside of film and television Celestino has also worked in the video game world- being physically scanned & lending his voice to a character in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Celestino is the youngest of six children. His family immigrated to the United States when he was five years old, settling in New York. They eventually landed in Miami where he began his acting career. One of his first credits was appearing in the independent film “Carlita’s Secret” opposite Eva Longoria. Celestino actually auditioned for “2 Fast 2 Furious” while in Miami, and didn’t get the role, which motivated him to seriously pursue this career path.

While acting is one of his greatest passions, Celestino lives an eclectic and exciting life outside of the characters he portrays. He loves antique motorcycles and cars and is an urban shaman currently authoring two books on his earth-based spirituality. Possessing a flair for fashion, he and his wife design jewelry and collaborate on several collections, including an ultra feminine goddess collection that empowers women, and an earthy unisex collection called “Ushaman Tribe” that mixes gold, leather, and power stones. Some of his designs where actually used on “The Fate of The Furious.” Celestino currently resides in the LA area with his wife, and their two pit bull rescues.

Here, this fast and furious star shares his haute secrets to the City of Angels.

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Where were you born:

Dominican Republic

How long in LA: 

14 years


South Bay



Favorite Restaurant:

Havana Mania

Best Sushi:

Sugar Fish 

Best Italian:

Il Fornaio 

Best dessert:

Tres Leches Cake

Best place for a romantic date:

Terranea Resort & Spa 

Best Sunday brunch:

Jazz Brunch at Luxe Hotel

Best place for a power business meeting:

Pacific Dining Car 

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?

Four Seasons

Favorite shopping venue/boutique:

Vintage shopping on Melrose Strip

Favorite place to buy jewelry:


Favorite Charity Event:

Variety Boys & Girls Club Golf tournament

Favorite Cultural Event:

Culture LA 

Favorite Cultural Institution:

Museum Of Latin-American Art

Best Steakhouse:


Best Pizza:

Paisanos Pizza Hermosa Beach

Best Lunch:

Gracias Madre

Best Gym/Athletic Facility:

Bay Club

Best Massage:

Bay Club Spa

Best Limousine/Driving Service:


Best Museum/Exhibit:

Getty Center 

Describe your city in three words:

Diverse, Laid Back, & Thriving

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:

Will Rogers Park

All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: 

Manhattan Beach

Best Aspect of Los Angeles:

Everything you could ever want is 4 hours or less away.

Stay in touch with Celestino on social media! Twitter and Instagram