GOODFELLAS Henry Hill – the True-Life ‘Wiseguy’ Dead at 69
This guy was lucky to make it to 39, much less 69. Mafia associate-turned-FBI informant Henry Hill, whose life of crime formed the basis for director Martin Scorsese’s GOODFELLAS in 1990, didn’t meet his end thanks to a bullet to the back of his skull, but by boring old heart failure. Played by Ray Liotta in Scorsese’s film, Hill was the quintessential Wiseguy, indulging in drugs and alcohol, beatings and murders, and nearly every other crime during his 20-year run as a Mafia soldier. His testimony brought down dozens of dangerous mob figures, but Hill would often pop out of the Federal witness protection program (he was actually kicked out at one point) to make TV and radio appearances (he was a Howard Stern regular) and to work with author Nicholas Pileggi on his 1986 book, “Wiseguys.”, the basis for the Scorsese film.
From ABC News:
Henry Hill, the famed mobster turned FBI informant whose life story was documented in the book “Wiseguy”- upon which Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster epic “Goodfellas” was based – has died at the age of 69.
Hill died at a Los Angeles hospital of an undisclosed illness on Tuesday, Nate Caserta, the son of Hill’s fiancé Lisa Schinelli Casterta, confirmed.
“[His] heart just stopped. He had been sick for a long time,” Nate Caserta told ABC News…………..
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