At 21, The New Jersey native left the Garden State moving to New York City. There, Jeff became interested in acting, studying with legendary acting coach Stella Adler and later became a long time student of Sanford Meisner’s at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Celentano began his career as an actor while living on the east coast. He’s guest starred on numerous television shows from Magnum PI to Dynasty and over twenty feature films. Film’s like "The New Age” directed by Academy Award winning writer Michael Tolken and Robert Altman’s hit film “The Player”. It was during this time with Altman on the Player that Influenced Jeff most in becoming a director. He and Altman become close. Altman’s advice and approach to filmaking, Jeff brings with him to all of his work today.
Today, he is fast becoming one of the freshest new directors in Hollywood.
The Actor, turned-writer/director has managed to effectively combine comedy and drama with his own personalized style. Jeff has directed many features, his two favorites are GUNSHY” , a high impact drama. -- ( HBO films, written by Larry Gross - “48hours”, “Streets of Fire”, “The Game”) . “Gunshy’s” story centers around the relationship between a down-and-out journalist (WILLIAM PETERSON), an Irish mobster (MICHAEL WINCOTT) and the girl they both love (DIANE LANE).
His latest feature was shot entirely on location in NEW YORK CITY, It was the urban thriller "BREAKING POINT", starring "TOM BERENGER, "ARMAND ASSANTE", BUSTA' RHYMES
and KIRK"STICKY FINGAZ" JONES . BREAKING POINT was released in 2009 in theaters across america by LIONS GATE. Celentano is currently in pre-production on “Eleven for Eleven” an inspirational film in the vein of ‘RUDY”. It will start principal photography
in late summer of 2013. Jeff has several other projects in the works and he has received 14 awards in his short career as Director.