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Andrew Cuomo

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Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Mark Cuomo ( KWOH-moh; born December 6, 1957) is an American politician, author, and lawyer serving as the 56th governor of New York since 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the same position his late father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms. Born in New York City, Cuomo is a graduate of Fordham University and Albany Law School of Union University, New York. He began his career working as the campaign manager for his father, then as an assistant district attorney in New York City before entering private law practice. He founded Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP USA) and was appointed chair of the New York City Homeless Commission, a position he held from 1990 to 1993. In 1993, Cuomo joined the Clinton Administration as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. From 1997 to 2001, he served as the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In 2006, Cuomo was elected Attorney

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Mario Cuomo

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Mario Cuomo

Mario Matthew Cuomo ( KWOH-moh, Italian: ; June 15, 1932 – January 1, 2015) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. He served as the 52nd Governor of New York for three terms, from 1983 to 1994,[1] Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1979 to 1982, and Secretary of State of New York from 1975 to 1978. Cuomo was known for his liberal views and public speeches, particularly his keynote speech address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in which he sharply criticized the policies of the Reagan administration, saying, "Mr. President, you ought to know that this nation is more a 'Tale of Two Cities' than it is just a 'Shining City on a Hill.'"[2] He was widely considered a potential front-runner for the Democratic nomination for President in both 1988 and 1992, though he declined to seek the nomination in both instances. His legacy as a reluctant standard-bearer for the Democrats in presidential elections led to his being dubbed "Hamlet on the Hudson."[3][4] Cuomo was defeated for a fourth ter

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Ralph Daniello

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Ralph Daniello

Ralph "The Barber" Daniello (1886–1925) was a New York criminal who belonged to the Brooklyn Navy Street Gang and participated in a major gang slaying. Daniello eventually became an informant and helped destroy the Camorra crime gangs in Brooklyn. Early life Daniello's real name was Alfonso Pepe. In Italy he was arrested for attacking a woman and on suspicion of involvement in a murder.[1] After his escape from prison in 1906 he made his way to the French port of Le Havre, from which he sailed to New York where he was smuggled in illegally.[2] In New York, Daniello became a low-level criminal who participated in labor racketeering and extortion. He was involved in the 1913 Labor slugger war. Mafia-Camorra War In 1916 he became involved in the Mafia-Camorra War. He was a member of the Navy Street Gang, made up primarily of Italians from Naples, Italy. In November 1916, Daniello participated in the ambush murders of Nicholas Morello and Charles Ubriaco on a New York Street.[3] These killings were part of an

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Roy DeMeo

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Roy DeMeo

Roy Albert DeMeo (September 7, 1940[1] – January 10, 1983) was an Italian-American mobster in the Gambino crime family of New York City. He headed the DeMeo crew, which became notorious for the large number of alleged murders they committed and for the grisly way they disposed of the bodies, which became known as "the Gemini Method". The crew committed in excess of 100 murders, with the majority of them being committed by DeMeo himself. Early life Roy Albert DeMeo was born in 1940 in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, into a working class Italian immigrant family of Neapolitan origin[2] Criminal career Gambino family Anthony Gaggi, a soldier in the Gambino crime family, noticed DeMeo and told him that he could make even more money with his successful business if he came to work directly for the Gambinos. Through the late 1960s, DeMeo's organized crime prospects increased on two fronts. He continued in the loansharking business with Gaggi, and began developing a crew of young men involved in car theft. It was this coll

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Michael DeBatt

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Michael DeBatt

Michael "Mickey" DeBatt (pronounced Di-Bat; c. 1949 – November 2, 1987) was a reputed Gambino crime family mob associate who was involved in the gangland slaying of drug trafficker Frank Fiala. Biography DeBatt was born to first generation Calabrian emigrant Mackie DeBatt in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn who grew up in the same neighborhood as future friends and criminal associates Sammy Gravano and Frank DeCicco. He had one sister named Rosanna DeBatt-Massa. He was very close to his sister over the years. Mackie is perceived to have been a "connected guy" with the Gambino crime family but never officially inducted into the organization. He performed various tasks for Sammy Gravano and others throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Mackie was the successful owner of Tali's Restaurant and Lounge located at 6205 18th Avenue in Gravesend, Brooklyn. It is also suggested that his father Mackie suffered from the psychological disorder of being a pathological gambling addict. DeBatt did not inherit his father's gambling addiction

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Frank DeCicco

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Frank DeCicco

Frank DeCicco also known as Frankie D and Frankie Cheech (November 5, 1935 – April 13, 1986) was the underboss for the Gambino crime family in New York City. Background DeCicco was the son of Vincent "Boozy" DeCicco from Benevento, Italy, an alcoholic soldier with the Gambino family. DeCicco grew up in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, but lived as an adult on Staten Island. Frank DeCicco's brother was Gambino soldier George DeCicco and his sister was Betty DeCicco.[1] Frank's uncle was Gambino capo George DeCicco.[2][3] Frank had two children, Vincent and Grace. Vincent died of lung cancer in 2008. Frank's nephew was Gambino mobster Robert DeCicco.[4] Frank was a tall, muscular man with a thick neck that showed exposed thick arteries when he was angry. DeCicco dyed his silver hair black, leaving silver streaks styled in a pompadour quaff. He also had a slightly mashed nose. A low-profile mobster, DeCicco drove a non-descript 1985 Buick Electra[5]. Frank was a disorganized man who stuffed dozens of business cards in

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Thomas R. DiBenedetto

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Thomas R. DiBenedetto

Thomas Richard DiBenedetto (Boston, 3 June 1949[1]), is an American entrepreneur and was the 22nd chairman of the Italian football club A.S. Roma, since September 27, 2011 to August 27, 2012, when he was succeeded by James Pallotta.[2] DiBenedetto is a partner in Fenway Sports Group, who own the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool, among other sport properties. AS Roma On 16 April 2011, Thomas R. DiBenedetto's through "DiBenedetto AS Roma LLC" (incorporated in Delaware, which he owned 25%) and UniCredit bought 67.1% shares of A.S. Roma S.p.A. from Sensi family's Italpetroli (by buying the shares of holding company "Roma 2000 S.r.l", although UniCredit already owned 40% shares of Italpetroli before the deal) for €60.3 million and formed a joint venture holding company NEEP Roma in a 60-40 ratio. The transaction date was scheduled on 31 July 2011.[3] NEEP also bought the sister companies of AS Roma: "ASR Real Estate S.r.l." and "Brand Management S.r.l." valued €10 million. "DiBenedetto AS Roma LLC" (later renamed

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Jimmy Durante

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Jimmy Durante

James Francis Durante ( də-RAN-tee, Italian: ; February 10, 1893 – January 29, 1980) was an American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, Lower East Side Manhattan accent, comic language-butchery, jazz-influenced songs, and prominent nose helped make him one of America's most familiar and popular personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s. He often referred to his nose as the schnozzola (Italianization of the American Yiddish slang word schnoz "big nose"), and the word became his nickname. Early life Childhood Durante was born on the Lower East Side of New York City. He was the youngest of four children born to Rosa (Lentino) and Bartolomeo Durante, both of whom were immigrants from Salerno, Italy.[1] Bartolomeo was a barber.[2][3] Young Jimmy served as an altar boy at St. Malachy Roman Catholic Church, known as the Actor's Chapel.[4] Early career Durante dropped out of school in seventh grade to become a full-time ragtime pianist. He first played with his cousi

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Kara DioGuardi

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Kara DioGuardi

Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi (born December 9, 1970) is an American songwriter, record producer, music publisher, A&R executive, singer, composer and television personality. She writes music primarily in the pop rock genre.[2] DioGuardi has worked with many popular artists;[3] sales of albums on which her songs appear exceed 160 million worldwide.[4] DioGuardi is a Grammy and Emmy-nominated writer. She is a 2011 NAMM Music For Life Award winner, 2009 NMPA Songwriter Icon Award winner, 2007 BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year, and has received 20 BMI Awards for co-writing the most performed songs on the radio. DioGuardi served as a judge on American Idol for its eighth and ninth seasons. In 2008, she was appointed to the position of executive vice president of talent development at Warner Bros. Records, and has signed acts such as Jason Derulo and Iyaz. In 2011, she was a head judge on the Bravo singer-songwriter competition series Platinum Hit. Early life DioGuardi was born in Ossining, New York.[1] She is des

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Joe DioGuardi

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Joe DioGuardi

Joseph John DioGuardi ([1] born September 20, 1940) is an American certified public accountant and a Republican politician. DioGuardi served in the House of Representatives representing the 20th Congressional district of New York from 1985 to 1989.[2] He was also the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New York during the 2010 special election, but lost to incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. DioGuardi, a former partner at Arthur Andersen & Co., also serves as president of the Albanian American Civic League, an organization he co-founded with his wife, Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi.[3] He is the father of songwriter and record producer Kara DioGuardi. Early life, education, and business career DioGuardi's father, Joseph Sr., immigrated to the United States from Greci, Italy. The family traces its roots to the Arbëreshë minority in Italy.[4] His father eventually established a grocery and vegetable store in East Bronx. The family moved to Westchester County, New York, in 1957. Joseph Sr. married Grace Pa

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Jennifer Esposito

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Jennifer Esposito

Jennifer Esposito (born April 11, 1973) is an American actress and author. She is known for her roles in the feature films Crash, Summer of Sam, Don't Say a Word, Taxi, and Welcome to Collinwood. She has also appeared in several television series, most notably The Looney Tunes Show, Spin City, Related, Samantha Who?, Blue Bloods, and Mistresses. From 2016 to 2017, she played Special Agent Alexandra Quinn on the CBS series NCIS. Early life Esposito was born on April 11, 1973,[1] in New York City, into a working class household, the second of two daughters of Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a music producer.[2] She is of Italian (Neapolitan) descent.[3] She was raised on Staten Island and is a graduate of Moore Catholic High School.[4] Career Esposito made her first television appearance in Law & Order in 1996. She then joined the cast of Spin City, where she appeared for two seasons. She also appeared in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. One of her more notable roles was as "

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Abel Ferrara

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Abel Ferrara

Abel Ferrara (born July 19, 1951)[1] is an American filmmaker, known for the provocative and often controversial content in his films, his use of neo-noir imagery and gritty urban settings. A long-time independent filmmaker, some of his best known films include Ms .45 (1981), King of New York (1990), Bad Lieutenant (1992) and The Funeral (1996). Early life Ferrara was born in the Bronx of Italian and Irish descent.[2] He was raised Catholic, which had a later effect on much of his work.[3] At 8 years old, he moved to Peekskill in Westchester County, New York where he started making films at Rockland Community College.[4] Later, he attended the film conservatory at SUNY Purchase, where he directed several short films.[5] Early career Finding himself out of work after film school in 1976, Ferrara directed a pornographic film titled 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy using a pseudonym.[6] Starring with his then-girlfriend, he recalled having to step in front of the camera for one scene to perform in a hardcore sex scene

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A. Bartlett Giamatti

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A. Bartlett Giamatti

Angelo Bartlett Giamatti (April 4, 1938 – September 1, 1989) was an American professor of English Renaissance literature, the president of Yale University, and the seventh Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Giamatti served as Commissioner for only five months before dying suddenly of a heart attack. He is the shortest-tenured baseball commissioner in the sport's history and the only holder of the office not to preside over a full Major League Baseball season. Giamatti negotiated the agreement resolving the Pete Rose betting scandal by permitting Rose to voluntarily withdraw from the sport to avoid further punishment. Personal life Giamatti was born in Boston and grew up in South Hadley, Massachusetts, the son of Mary Claybaugh Walton (Smith College 1935) and Valentine John Giamatti. His father was professor and chairman of the Department of Italian Language and Literature at Mount Holyoke College.[1] Giamatti's paternal grandparents were Italian immigrants Angelo Giammattei (Italian pronunciation: ) an

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Geraldine Ferraro

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Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Anne "Gerry" Ferraro (August 26, 1935 – March 26, 2011) was an American attorney and Democratic Party politician who served in the United States House of Representatives. In 1984, she was the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party. Ferraro grew up in New York City and worked as a public school teacher before training as a lawyer. She joined the Queens County District Attorney's Office in 1974, heading the new Special Victims Bureau that dealt with sex crimes, child abuse, and domestic violence. In 1978 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she rose rapidly in the party hierarchy while focusing on legislation to bring equity for women in the areas of wages, pensions, and retirement plans. In 1984, former vice president and presidential candidate Walter Mondale, seen as an underdog, selected Ferraro to be his running mate in the upcoming election. Ferraro became the only Italian American to be a major-party national nominee in add

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Rocky Marciano

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Rocky Marciano

Rocco Francis Marchegiano (September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969; Italian pronunciation: ), best known as Rocky Marciano , was an American professional boxer who competed from 1947 to 1955, and held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956. He is the only heavyweight champion to have finished his career undefeated.[2] His six title defenses were against Jersey Joe Walcott, Roland La Starza, Ezzard Charles (twice), Don Cockell and Archie Moore. Known for his relentless fighting style, formidable punching power, stamina, and exceptionally durable chin, Marciano has been included by boxing historians in lists of the greatest boxers of all time,[3] and is currently ranked by BoxRec as the fifth greatest heavyweight boxer in history.[4] His knockout-to-win percentage of 87.76% remains one of the highest in heavyweight boxing history. Early life Born Rocco Francis Marchegiano, he was raised on the south side of Brockton, Massachusetts, to Pierino Marchegiano and Pasqualina Picciuto. Both of his parents were i

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Carmine Infantino

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Carmine Infantino

Carmine Michael Infantino (May 24, 1925[1] – April 4, 2013)[2][3] was an American comics artist and editor, primarily for DC Comics, during the late 1950s and early 1960s period known as the Silver Age of Comic Books. Among his character creations are the Silver Age version of DC super-speedster the Flash with writer Robert Kanigher, the stretching Elongated Man with John Broome, Deadman with writer Arnold Drake, and Christopher Chance, the second iteration of the Human Target with Len Wein. He was inducted into comics' Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2000. Early life Carmine Infantino was born via midwife in his family's apartment in Brooklyn, New York City. His father, Pasquale "Patrick" Infantino, born in New York City, was originally a musician who played saxophone, clarinet, and violin, and had a band with composer Harry Warren. During the Great Depression he turned to a career as a licensed plumber. Carmine Infantino's mother, Angela Rosa DellaBadia, emigrated from Calitri, a hill town northeast of

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Vince Lombardi

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Vince Lombardi

Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was an American football coach, and executive in the National Football League (NFL). He is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years, in addition to winning the first two Super Bowls at the conclusion of the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons. Lombardi began his coaching career as an assistant and later as a head coach at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, New Jersey. He was an assistant coach at Fordham, at the United States Military Academy, and with the New York Giants before becoming a head coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967 and the Washington Redskins in 1969. He never had a losing season as a head coach in the NFL, compiling a regular season winning percentage of 72.8% (96–34–6), and 90% (9–1) in the postseason for an overall record of 105 wins, 35 losses, and 6 ties in the NFL.[1] Although Lombardi was noted for his

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Jay Leno

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Jay Leno

James Douglas Muir Leno (born April 28, 1950)[1] is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and former late-night television host. After doing stand-up comedy for years, he became the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00pm ET, also on NBC. After The Jay Leno Show was canceled in January 2010 amid a host controversy, Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010.[2] He hosted his last episode of The Tonight Show on February 6, 2014. That year, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.[3] Since 2014, Leno has hosted Jay Leno's Garage. Early life Leno was born April 28, 1950 in New Rochelle, New York. His homemaker mother, Catherine (née Muir; 1911–1993), was born in Greenock, Scotland, and came to the United States at age 11. His father, Angelo (1910–1994), was an insurance salesman who was born in New York, to immigrants

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Nick Sansano

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Nick Sansano

Nick Sansano (born 1963 in The Bronx, New York City) is an American record producer, engineer, and musician. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he began his career at Greene St. Recording, where he recorded and mixed for a variety of ground-breaking hip hop artists including Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Rob Base and Run DMC. From there, he went on to co-produce Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation and Goo, two critically acclaimed and historical alternative music recordings that changed the landscape of popular music. He also engineered and mixed selections from Public Enemy's albums It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet and Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age. Additional hip hop credits include Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted and mixing the rap classic "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. He also worked with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (ACME), Bubblies (No Brain, No Headache...), Stuck In The Sound (Shoegazing Kids), Le Tigre (This Island), Galactic (Late For The Future,[1] Love 'Em

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Paul Sorvino

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Paul Sorvino

Paul Anthony Sorvino (, Italian: ; born April 13, 1939) is an American actor, opera singer, businessman, writer, and sculptor.[1] He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the law, and is possibly best known for his roles as Paulie Cicero (based on Paul Vario) in the 1990 gangster film Goodfellas, and NYPD Sergeant Phil Cerreta on the TV series Law & Order. He held supporting roles in A Touch of Class, Reds, The Rocketeer, Nixon and Romeo + Juliet. He is the father of actors Mira Sorvino and Michael Sorvino. Early life Sorvino was born and raised in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York City.[2] His mother, Angela Maria Mattea (née Renzi), was a homemaker and piano teacher, who was born in Connecticut, of Italian (Molisan) descent. His father, Ford Sorvino, was an Italian (Neapolitan) immigrant who worked in a robe factory as a foreman.[3][4] He attended Lafayette High School (where he was classmates with painter Peter Max) and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.[5] Career

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Tom Perrotta

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Tom Perrotta

Thomas R. Perrotta (born August 13, 1961) is an American novelist and screenwriter best known for his novels Election (1998) and Little Children (2004), both of which were made into critically acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated films. Perrotta co-wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film version of Little Children with Todd Field, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. He is also known for his novel The Leftovers (2011), which has been adapted into a TV series on HBO. Biography Tom Perrotta was born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Garwood, New Jersey,[1] where he spent his entire childhood, and was raised Roman Catholic.[2] His father was an Italian immigrant postal worker, whose parents emigrated from a village near Avellino, Campania, and his mother is an Albanian-Italian immigrant former secretary, who stayed home to raise him along with his older brother and younger sister.[1][2][3][4] Perrotta enjoyed reading authors such as O. Henry, J. R. R. Tolkien, and John

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Norman Reedus

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Norman Reedus

Norman Mark Reedus[1][2] (born January 6, 1969)[3][4] is an American actor, voice actor, television host, and model.[1] Reedus is known for starring in the popular AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead as Daryl Dixon and in the film The Boondock Saints (1999) and its sequel The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) as Murphy MacManus.[5] He has acted in numerous films and television series, and modeled for various fashion designers (most recognizably Prada in the 1990s).[1][6] Reedus also provided motion capture and voice acting for the main character Sam in Hideo Kojima's video game, Death Stranding (2019).[7] Early life Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, the son of Marianne (née Yarber), a teacher, and Ira Norman Reedus. Reedus' paternal grandmother was of Italian descent, while his grandfather had English, Irish and Scottish ancestry.[8] He attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, for a semester. He worked at a Harley-Davidson shop in Venice, California, and contributed artwork to variou

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Gina Keatley

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Gina Keatley

Gina Keatley (born March 9, 1980) is an American nutritionist, media personality, and television host[1] recognized for her food-focused television shows and her approach to health and weight loss. Early life Keatley has Italian ancestry; her paternal great grandfather emigrated from Italy to New York following World War I. Keatley received a degree in culinary and restaurant management from The Art Institute of New York City in 2006, followed by a degree in nutrition and food studies program from New York University Steinhardt school in 2008. Career Keatley, a Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist holds an MBA in Healthcare, BS in Nutrition from New York University, a degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of New York City and continuing professional education from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. During her time as a student Gina received multiple culinary awards from the New York chapter of the American Culinary Federation [2] as well as awarded with a James Beard Foundation scholarship.

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Thomas Pitera

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Thomas Pitera

Thomas Pitera (born December 2, 1954) is a former Mafia hitman in the Bonanno crime family. Pitera, reputedly a vicious and sadistic killer who enjoyed murdering people, was suspected by law enforcement of as many as sixty murders.[1] Pitera was well known for his use of karate and other martial arts when fighting, a skill he had learned at a young age; it earned him the nickname "Tommy Karate". Biography Early years Thomas Pitera grew up in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York to parents Joseph (Joe) and Catherine Pitera. Thomas attended the David A. Boody Junior High School in Gravesend, where he left little impression with his teachers and was bullied by his peers.[1]. As a child, Pitera had been a huge fan of the 1966 The Green Hornet television show and actor Bruce Lee, triggering his lifelong interest in martial arts. After winning an arduous kumite competition in Sheepshead Bay, Pitera spent 27 months in Japan training assiduously under the revered Hiroshi Masumi. He was trained to use t

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Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (born June 6, 1967) is an American actor and producer. He first garnered attention for his breakout role in Private Parts (1997) as Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton, which led to him playing more supporting roles such as Sergeant Hill in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Bob Zmuda in Man on the Moon (1999), John Maxwell in Big Momma's House (2000), and Marty Wolf in Big Fat Liar (2002). He won acclaim for his leading roles as Harvey Pekar in American Splendor (2003), Miles Raymond in Sideways (2004) and Mike Flaherty in Win Win (2011) while continuing to play supporting roles, like Joe Gould in Cinderella Man (2005), which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Chief Inspector Uhl in The Illusionist (2006), Karl Hertz in Shoot 'Em Up (2007), Nicholas "Nick" Claus in Fred Claus (2007), Tom Duffy in The Ides of March (2011), Theophilus Freeman in 12 Years a Slave (2013), Ralph in Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Eugene Landy in Love & Mercy (2014), Dr. Lawrence

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Marcus Giamatti

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Marcus Giamatti

Marcus Bartlett Giamatti[1][2] (born October 3, 1961) is an American actor, best known for being a regular member of the cast of the CBS drama series Judging Amy. Early life Giamatti was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and is the son of Toni Marilyn (née Smith) and former Yale University president and Major League Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, and older brother of Academy Award-nominated actor Paul Giamatti.[3] He attended The Foote School, Hopkins School, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon and Delta Sigma fraternities, and finally Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where he received the Carole Dye Award for Excellence in Acting. Career Giamatti started his career on the soap opera One Life to Live, but is likely best known for his series regular role on the CBS drama series Judging Amy, where he played the title character's older brother Peter Gray throughout the series' six season run.

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Simon Rodia

Sabato "Simon" Rodia[2] (February 12, 1879 – July 17, 1965) was an Italian-American artist who created the Watts Towers, or, as he called them, Nuestro Pueblo (Our Town, in Spanish), a Los Angeles landmark. Biography Simon Rodia's Watts Towers Rodia was born and raised in Serino, Italy.[3][4] In 1895, age 15, he emigrated to the United States with his brother.[5] Rodia lived in Pennsylvania until his brother died in a mining incident. He then moved to Seattle, Washington, where he married Lucia Ucci in 1902. They soon moved to Oakland, where Rodia's three children were born. Following his divorce circa 1909, he moved to Long Beach and worked at odd jobs before finally settling in Watts in 1920.[6] Rodia began constructing the Watts Towers in 1921, but did not complete them until 1954. They were frequently vandalized by neighbors, and Rodia gave this as the reason he moved to Martinez, where he remained until his death in 1965.[6][7] It is believed that Rodia never returned to Watts after moving to Mart

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Frank Zappa

Frank Vincent Zappa[nb 1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture.[2] In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.[3] Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.[4][5] As a self-taught composer and performer, Zappa's diverse musical influences led him to create music that was sometimes difficult to categorize. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical modernism, African-American rhythm and blues, and doo-wop music.[6] He began writing clas

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Alessandro Vollero

Alessandro Vollero (1889 - 1959) was a New York mobster and a high-ranking member of the Neapolitan Camorra Navy Street gang in Brooklyn. Vollero served as a lieutenant to gang boss Pellegrino Morano during the Mafia-Camorra War of 1916. Born in Italy, Vollero emigrated with his family to the United States in 1909 and settled in Brooklyn. He soon became involved with the Camorra-aligned street gangs in that area. Vollero eventually bought a coffee shop on Navy Street in Brooklyn, which became the home of the Navy Street Gang. The Neapolitan gangs were the chief rivals of the Morello crime family, a Sicilian Mafia gang from Manhattan that was trying to expand its territory. The Neapolitan gangs eventually united against the Morello family. On September 7, 1916, Vollero participated in the murders of mob boss Nicholas Morello and Charles Ubriaco. Vollero wanted revenge against the Morellos for their murder of his friend Nicholas DelGardio. Vollero lured Morello and Ubriaco to his coffee shop on the pretext of

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Stephen Spinella

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Stephen Spinella

Stephen Spinella (born October 11, 1956)[1] is an American stage, television, and film actor. Early life Spinella was born in Naples, Italy, to a father who was an American naval airplane mechanic.[1] He grew up in Glendale, Arizona,[1] and graduated from the University of Arizona drama department. He also attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate Acting Program, graduating in 1982.[2] Spinella won consecutive Tony awards for Best Featured Actor and Best Actor in a Play for his performance as Prior Walter in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika respectively. He was also nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for James Joyce's The Dead. Personal life Spinella is openly gay.[3] Work Stage April 1985: A Bright Room Called Day – Baz (workshop production directed by Tony Kushner) May 4, 1993 – December 4, 1994: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches – Prior Walter/Man in Park November 23, 1993 – December 4, 1994: Angels in America: Perestroika – Pr

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Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (, Italian: ; born November 11, 1974) is an American actor, producer, and environmentalist. He has often played unconventional parts, particularly in biopics and period films. As of 2019, his films have earned US$7.2 billion worldwide, and he has placed eight times in annual rankings of the world's highest-paid actors. His accolades include an Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards. Born in Los Angeles, DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the late 1980s. In the early 1990s, he played recurring roles in various television series, such as the sitcom Parenthood. He had his first major film role in This Boy's Life (1993), and received acclaim for the supporting role of a developmentally disabled boy in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), which earned him an Academy Award nomination. He achieved international fame as a star in the epic romance Titanic (1997), which became the highest-grossing film at that point. After a few commercially failed films,

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Camille Paglia

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Camille Paglia

Camille Anna Paglia (born April 2, 1947) is an American feminist academic and social critic. Paglia has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1984.[1] She is critical of many aspects of modern culture[2][3] and is the author of Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1990) and other books. She is also a critic of contemporary American feminism and of post-structuralism, as well as a commentator on multiple aspects of American culture such as its visual art, music, and film history. Personal life Paglia was born in Endicott, New York, the eldest child[4] of Pasquale and Lydia Anne (née Colapietro) Paglia. All four of her grandparents were born in Italy. Her mother emigrated to the United States at five years old from Ceccano, in the province of Frosinone, Lazio, Italy.[2][5] Paglia has stated that her father's side of the family was from the Campanian towns of Avellino, Benevento, and Caserta.[6] Paglia was raised Roman Catholic,[7]

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Salvatore DiMasi

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Salvatore DiMasi

Salvatore Francis "Sal" DiMasi (born 1945) is a former Democratic state representative in Massachusetts. The former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives originally joined the state legislature in 1979, as a member of the Democratic Party. He eventually resigned from this post in January 2009, just six months prior to being indicted on several Federal charges, including conspiracy to defraud the federal government, extortion, mail fraud and wire fraud. DiMasi was found guilty on 7 of 9 federal corruption charges on June 15, 2011. DiMasi is the third consecutive Massachusetts house speaker to be federally indicted.[1] DiMasi went to college at Boston College and studied law at Suffolk University Law School. He was born and raised in the North End of Boston, home to Boston's Italian American community for over 100 years. He was the Commonwealth's first Italian-American to be elected speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Early life and education Salvatore F. DiMasi grew up in

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Gennaro Langella

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Gennaro Langella

Gennaro Adriano Langella (December 30, 1938 – December 15, 2013)[1] also known as "Gerry Lang", was a member of the Colombo crime family who eventually became underboss and acting boss. Biography Background Langella was born in 1938 to first generation immigrants from Campania, Italy. He grew up in Brooklyn and was a close associate of future mob boss Carmine Persico. It is believed that Langella secretly became a "made man" in the Colombo family during a time when the New York crime families were not accepting new members. Langella is the father of reputed Colombo soldier Vincent Langella. Crime writer Selwyn Raab described Langella as: ... a ruthless arrogant loan shark and drug trafficker.[2] His speech was peppered with expletives. He was considered a vain clotheshorse and unlike more contemporary Hollywood gangster attire he favored double breasted blazers, sporty open collar shirts and wrap around sunglasses. He was a regular patron of the Casa Sorta restaurant in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn where he would

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Silva Tagliagamba

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Silva Tagliagamba

Silvio Tagliagamba (died June 1922) was an early New York mobster and a member of the Morello crime family. Tagliagamba served as a bodyguard for mob boss Umberto Valenti during the early 1920s. On May 8, 1922, Valenti allegedly murdered mobster Vincent Morello in Manhattan. When Morello's ally, Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria, heard about the shooting, he supposedly set an ambush for Valenti later that day outside the Liquor Exchange, an open-air market for bootleggers, in downtown Manhattan. Other accounts suggest that it was Valenti, not Masseria, who set up the ambush. In any event, during the ambush, Masseria shot and fatally wounded Tagliagamba. Both Valenti and Tagliagamba escaped the scene while Masseria was arrested. In June 1922, Tagliagamba died from his wounds. Masseria was indicted on the Tagliagamba shooting, but the case never came to trial.[1][2] References "Chronology - Section III 1920-1931" Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine The American Mafia.com *The American "Mafia": W

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Dominick Trinchera

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Dominick Trinchera

Dominick "Big Trin" Trinchera (December 20, 1936 – May 5, 1981) was an American caporegime in the Bonanno crime family who was murdered with Alphonse Indelicato and Philip Giaccone for planning the overthrow of aspiring Bonanno boss Philip Rastelli.[1] Early life Trinchera was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of an Italian immigrant from Rome and an Italian-American woman from Naples. He weighed 350 pounds, later marrying a woman named Donna, and fathered several children. Trinchera was indicted in 1972 for the inquiry into the murder of Joe Gallo, but was released on $5,000 bail.[2] After the murder of Carmine Galante murder in 1979, a fight for control of the family started. Joseph Massino began jockeying for power with Dominick "Sonny Black" Napolitano, another Rastelli loyalist capo. Both men were themselves threatened by another faction seeking to depose the absentee boss led by capos Alphonse "Sonny Red" Indelicato, Trinchera and Philip Giaccone.[3] The Commission initially tried to maintain neut

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Onorio Ruotolo

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Onorio Ruotolo

Onorio Ruotolo (1888–1966) was an Italian-American sculptor and poet, once known as the "Rodin of Little Italy."[1] Biography Ruotolo was born in Cervinara, Italy. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Naples and emigrated to the United States in 1908. The struggle and poverty he observed in New York City engendered in him a concern for society, which he expressed in cartoons, poetry, and sculpture. During World War I, Ruotolo produced a number of sculptures showing the horrors of war. In 1914, he and Arturo Giovannitti became co-directors of Il Fuoco, a magazine of art and politics. After an ideological split, Ruotolo began Minosse, a socio-literary publication. In 1923 Ruotolo founded the Leonardo da Vinci Art School on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The school was created to provide arts education for New York's immigrant community, and it remained in operation for almost twenty years. In 1924 Isamu Noguchi took his first sculpture class at the Leonardo da Vinci Art School, and Noguchi began

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Nicodemo Scarfo

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Nicodemo Scarfo

Nicodemo Domenico "Little Nicky" Scarfo (March 8, 1929 – January 13, 2017) was a member of the American Mafia who became the boss of the Philadelphia crime family after the deaths of Angelo Bruno and Phil Testa. During his criminal career, Scarfo was described by some as psychotic, cruel and vicious. From many accounts of his former criminal associates who testified against him, he would want to murder someone if he was shown the slightest bit of disrespect or even if he was stared at.[1][2] Scarfo orchestrated a particularly ruthless regime and allegedly ordered over a dozen murders during his time as boss. Scarfo engaged in organized crime activities such as drug trafficking, while many other bosses avoided such activities known to attract law enforcement scrutiny. It was these methods that ultimately led to Scarfo's downfall. He was convicted of multiple RICO charges in 1988 including drug trafficking, loansharking, extortion, attempted murder, and first degree murder, and with damaging testimonies of sev

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Marisa Tomei

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Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei (, Italian: ; born December 4, 1964)[1] is an American actress. She is the recipient of various accolades including an Academy Award and nominations for a BAFTA Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Following her work on the television series As the World Turns, she came to prominence as a cast member on The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World in 1987. After having minor roles in a few films, she came to international attention in 1992 with the comedy My Cousin Vinny, for which she received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She received two additional Academy Award nominations for In the Bedroom (2001) and The Wrestler (2008). Tomei has appeared in a number of successful movies, including What Women Want (2000), Anger Management (2003), Wild Hogs (2007), and Parental Guidance (2012). Other films include Untamed Heart (1993), Only You (1994), The Paper (1994), Unhook the Stars (1996), Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (

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Steve Van Zandt discography

This is the discography of Steven Van Zandt (also known as "Little Steven" or "Miami Steve"), an American songwriter, singer and musician. Van Zandt has been featured on records steadily since 1975 as a member of Bruce Springsteen's The E Street Band and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, as well as with his own band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. Albums Studio albums List of albums, with selected chart positions, and certifications Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications US[1] AUS CAN GER[2] IRE NLD[3] NZ[4] NOR[5] SWE[6] UK[7] Men Without Women Released: October 1, 1982 Label: EMI Format: LP, Cassette, CD, Digital 118 — — — — — — — 26 73 Voice of America Released: May 7, 1984 Label: EMI Format: LP, Cassette, CD, Digital 55 — — — — — — 6 8 — Freedom – No Compromise Released: March 20, 1987 Label: EMI Format: LP, Cassette, CD, Digital 80 — — 48 — 51 — 11 3 52 Revolution Released: 1989 Label: RCA Format

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Michael Gandolfini

Michael Gandolfini (born May 10, 2000)[1] is an American actor. Early life and career Born in 2000, Gandolfini is the son of actor James Gandolfini. Growing up, Gandolfini enjoyed performing, but his father would generally discourage him from pursuing it as a career. Upon his father's death in June 2013, Gandolfini decided to pursue acting, enrolling at New York University. In his early audition efforts, he would get cast in the HBO drama series The Deuce as Joey Dwyer.[2] In 2019, he was cast in The Many Saints of Newark to play the young version of Tony Soprano, the role played by his father in the television series The Sopranos.[3] Gandolfini, having never watched the show, watched through it to prepare for the role, describing it as an intense process.[4] Later that year he would be cast in the Russo brothers crime drama Cherry.[5] Filmography Film Year Title Role Director Notes 2018 Ocean's 8 Busboy Gary Ross 2019 The Boy, the Dog and the Clown Weston Nick Lyon 2020 The

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Glen Keane

Glen Keane (born April 13, 1954) is an American animator, author and illustrator. Keane was a character animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios for feature films including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and Tangled. Keane received the 1992 Annie Award for character animation, the 2007 Winsor McCay Award for lifetime contribution to the field of animation and in 2013 was named a Disney Legend. In 2017, Keane directed Dear Basketball, an animated short film based on Kobe Bryant's retirement poem in The Players' Tribune. At the 90th Academy Awards, Keane and Bryant won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for their work on Dear Basketball. Early life Keane was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of cartoonist Bil Keane, creator of The Family Circus, and Australian-born Thelma Keane. He was raised in Paradise Valley, Arizona.[1] He was raised Roman Catholic.[2] Keane's interest in art developed as a child by observing his father's work as a cartoonist

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Jimmy Fratianno

Aladena James "Jimmy" Fratianno[1] (born Aladena Fratianno; November 14, 1913 – June 29, 1993), also known as "Jimmy the Weasel", was an Italian-born American mobster who was acting boss of the Los Angeles crime family. After his arrest in 1977, Fratianno become an informant and entered the Witness Protection Program in 1980. He admitted to having killed five people. Later in life, he became a writer. Early life Fratianno was born in Naples, Italy, in 1913, later immigrating with his family to the United States, settling near Cleveland, Ohio. He was first arrested at the age of 19, on suspicion of rape, but was not charged. Two years later, he was acquitted of robbery charges, but in 1937, was convicted of robbery and spent more than seven years in an Ohio state prison.[2] Fratianno earned his nickname "Weasel" as a boy when from running from the police in the Little Italy section of Cleveland. A chase witness shouted "Look at that weasel run!" and the police quickly attached the nickname to his criminal re

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Anthony Fauci

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Anthony Fauci

Anthony Stephen Fauci ( ; born December 24, 1940) is an American physician and immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984. Since January 2020, he has been one of the lead members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force addressing the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in the United States. As a physician with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the United States, he has served public health in various capacities for over fifty years. He has made contributions to HIV/AIDS research and other immunodeficiencies, both as a scientist and as the head of the NIAID at the NIH. The New York Times called Fauci "the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases".[1] Background and education Greta Van Susteren interviewed Fauci in 2018 (38:18 minutes) Fauci was born December 24, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York, to Stephen A. Fauci and Eugenia A. Fauci, owners of a pharmacy, where his father worked as the pharmacist, his mother and s

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Michael Franzese

Michael Franzese (born May 27, 1951) is an American former New York mobster and caporegime of the Colombo crime family. His father is John "Sonny" Franzese, a former underboss in the Colombo family. Michael Franzese did not intend to participate in organized crime; he enrolled in a pre-med program at Hofstra University, but dropped out to make money for his family after his father was sentenced to 50 years in prison for bank robbery in 1967. Franzese helped implement a scheme to defraud the federal government out of gasoline taxes in the early 1980s. By the age of 35, in 1986, Fortune Magazine listed Franzese as number 18 on its list of the "Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses". Franzese had claimed that at the height of his career, he was making up to $8 million per week. In 1986, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison on conspiracy charges, released in 1989, rearrested in 1991 for a parole violation, ultimately being released in 1994. While in prison, he became a born-again Christian, and in 1995,

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John Franzese

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John Franzese

John "Sonny" Franzese Sr. (Italian: ; February 6, 1917 – February 24, 2020) was an Italian-American mobster who was a longtime member of the Colombo crime family. Franzese's career in organized crime began in the 1930s and spanned over eight decades. He served as underboss of the Colombo family from 1963, until he was sentenced to 50 years in prison for bank robbery charges in 1967. He was paroled in 1978, but was re-jailed at least six times on parole violations throughout the decades that followed. He became Colombo family underboss again in 2005, until he was convicted of extortion in 2011, and sentenced to eight years in prison. His son John Franzese Jr. had testified against him, becoming the first son of a New York mobster to turn state's evidence and testify against his father. At the time of his release on June 23, 2017, at the age of 100, he was the oldest federal inmate in the United States and the only centenarian in federal custody. He died in hospital on February 24, 2020, at the age of 103. Ri

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John Franzese Jr.

John Franzese Jr. (born 1960/61), now living as Mat Pazzarelli, is an American former associate of the Colombo crime family, and son of underboss John Franzese.[1] He is the first son of a New York mobster to turn state's evidence and testify against his father.[2][3][4] Organized crime Franzese was born into the family of Colombo underboss John Franzese. His father was charged with a series of bank robberies in the late 1960s for a total term of 50 years. His brother Michael Franzese, who eventually rose to the rank of capo, was the first person that explained the Mafia life to him two years prior to his father's first release on parole in 1978. Franzese Jr. was never a made man but he did perform shakedowns which were made possible by his father's reputation and direct encouragement. The 1980s was the period that Franzese was most active in organized crime life and he was sinking into addiction, describing moving from alcohol, to cocaine to crack. In the 1990s he described himself as a junkie. It was from

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Margaret Cuomo

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Margaret Cuomo

Margaret I. Cuomo (born March 29, 1955) is an American radiologist, author, philanthropist, advocate, and blogger on health issues, especially those related to cancer prevention. She is the eldest child of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and former New York First Lady Matilda Cuomo, and sister to current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and journalist Chris Cuomo. She resides in New York. Early life and education Cuomo was born in New York City to former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and former New York First Lady Matilda Cuomo. She grew up in Albany and Holliswood, Queens, New York, with her four siblings, Andrew, Maria, Madeline, and Chris. She attended High School in Jamaica Estates and graduated from The Mary Louis Academy, Class of 1973. She graduated from St. John's University and received an M.D. degree from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York in 1981. Professional career Cuomo is a board certified radiologist who practiced at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Ne

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Chris Cuomo

Christopher Charles Cuomo ( KWOH-moh; born August 9, 1970)[1][2] is an American television journalist, best known as the presenter of Cuomo Prime Time, a weeknight news analysis show on CNN.[3][4] Cuomo is the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and son of the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Cuomo has previously been the ABC News chief law and justice correspondent and the co-anchor for ABC's 20/20,[3][4][5] and before his current show, he was one of two co-anchors of the weekday edition of New Day, a three-hour morning news show, until May 2018.[6] Early life and education Cuomo was born in the New York City borough of Queens. He is the youngest child of Mario Cuomo, the former Governor of New York, and Matilda Cuomo (née Raffa), and the brother of Andrew Cuomo, the current Governor of New York.[4] His parents were both of Italian descent; his paternal grandparents were from Nocera Inferiore and Tramonti in southern Italy, while his maternal grandparents were from Sicily (his grandfather from Me

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Joseph Glimco

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Joseph Glimco

Joseph Paul Glimco (Italian: ; born Giuseppe Glielmi; Italian: ; January 14, 1909 – April 28, 1991) was an Italian-American labor leader and well-known organized crime figure based in Chicago. He was considered "Chicago's top labor racketeer" in the 1950s.[5] One high-ranking Chicago Teamsters leader noted in 1954, "He is the mob. When he opens his mouth, it's the syndicate talking".[6] Glimco was active in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and a close associate of Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa. He was a capo in the Chicago Outfit, an organized crime syndicate, and oversaw the wisyndicate's labor racketeering efforts.[5][7] He worked closely with Tony "Joe Batters" Accardo, who led the Chicago Outfit from 1943 to 1957, and Sam "Momo" Giancana, who led the syndicate from 1957 to 1966.[8][9] A United States Senate committee once claimed that Glimco ran "the nation's most corrupt union".[10][11] Among his numerous aliases were Joey Glimco, Tough Guy Glimco, Joseph Glinico, Joseph Glielmi,[12] a

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