John Philip “Jackie The Lackey” Cerone (July 7, 1914 – July 26, 1996) was an American mobster and boss of the Chicago Outfit during the late 1960s. He was the younger brother of mobster Frank “Skippy” Cerone, father of lawyer John Peter Cerone, and husband to the late Clara Cerone.
During the 1950s Cerone was a chauffeur to boss Antonino “Tony” “Joe Batters” Accardo, then became the protégé of boss Salvatore “Sam,” “Momo” Giancana. Cerone was part of the enforcer team that tortured and murdered loan shark William “Action” Jackson. As an Outfit enforcer, Cerone was arrested over 20 times on charges including armed robbery, bookmaking, illegal gambling, and embezzlement. Cerone became boss of the Outfit following the semi-retirements of Accardo and Joey “Doves” Aiuppa. In 1986 Cerone, Aiuppa, Carl “Corky” Civella, Angelo “The Hook” LaPietra and Carl “Tuffy” DeLuna were convicted of skimming $2 million from a Las Vegas casino. Joseph Agosto, Kansas City crime family member and a Las Vegas show producer, who produced the Folles Bergere’ at the Tropicana Hotel Casino , turned state’s evidence and testified against the mob bosses. Milwaukee organized-crime boss, Frank Balistrieri, was sentenced to ten years in prison in the same case, in December 1985.