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Goodfellas inspiration dies age 69

13 June 2012  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: TMZ

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Henry Hill Has Died

Not a filmmaker but a piece of film history nonetheless, the man who inspired Goodfellas has died aged 69. Henry Hill was a sometime gangster who turned state's evidence after being arrested for drug use, and helped to put away dozens of mobsters.

Hill was born in 1943 in Brooklyn, and grew up idolising the local Lucchese crime family, before joining the ranks of their hangers on in his teens. He worked his way up the ranks, involved in several major heists, before he was arrested in 1980. He gave evidence at that point against his former friends, with 50 wiseguys being sent to prison as a result.

Hill was then put in the Witness Protection Programme for more than a decade, before his propensity for getting into trouble got him kicked out of the programme. In 1986 he collaborated with reporter Nicholas Pileggi on a book called Wiseguy about his life, which was filmed by Martin Scorsese and released in 1990 as GoodFellas. This made him something of a media celebrity, and led to many appearances on the Howard Stern show and elsewhere.

Hill is survived by two children and his girlfriend Lisa, and died after illness in Los Angeles.


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RE: Agreed...
"As far back as I remember I always wanted to have a Scorsese film based on my life." More

Posted by Spaldron at 12:45 on 14 June 2012 | Report This Post

Agreed...
An obituary for a killer? I suppose you'll do something similar when Jigsaw finally passes away. Hmmm? Not real? What do you mean? More

Posted by evilpickle4 at 12:11 on 14 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Henry Hill Has Died
Still implicitly mourning his passing though. More

Posted by artilleryman at 11:47 on 14 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Henry Hill Has Died
L: artilleryman A eulogy for a violent criminal. You must be so proud of yourselves... t's not as if they were praising the guy. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 18:32 on 13 June 2012 | Report This Post

Goodfellas is a great film but it sticks in your throat that it doesnt actually show him killing anybody. Henry Hill himself said that was untrue and he did committ murder. So an old unrepentent dope dealer died? How about a word for his victim or kids that maybe Od'd on his drugs? This reminds me of the time a Kray brother died the same time as the war hero Lord Lovatt, who fought at Normandy. Who do you think got the more press? More

Posted by JimmyThe Saint at 16:53 on 13 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: yeah, well done, Empire
Did Kim Jong-Il get one for Team America? More

Posted by UTB at 16:29 on 13 June 2012 | Report This Post

yeah, well done, Empire
A eulogy for a violent criminal. You must be so proud of yourselves... More

Posted by artilleryman at 14:09 on 13 June 2012 | Report This Post

Really? An obituary for a rat fuck hood? More

Posted by My name is Legion at 12:05 on 13 June 2012 | Report This Post

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