Henry Hill, perpetual bad guy and the mobster turned government snitch portrayed in the book "Wiseguy" and later the movie "Goodfellas," has died after a long illness, his fiancé's son said. He was 69. Henry died in a Los Angeles Hospital and not by a mob hit... Guess the mob were tired of him.
Henry Hill was portrayed so well by Ray Liotta in "Goodfellas" that Hill came off as a kind of good guy gangster.. but good he definitely was not...
Henry Hill mugshot
I read every book Henry ever wrote and then we began emailing back and forth when he set up his own website in the 1990's. Henry needed tech support on few things which I assisted. I liked him or so I thought....
Henry Hill June 11, 1943 - June 12, 2012
His two children wrote their own book about "Life on the Run" and I really disliked Henry after reading that book. He was really a crappy narcissistic crook who only thought of himself. That was the end for my being a fan of Henry Hill. His children were nearly destroyed in his world. Luckily they had good grandparents on their mother's side.
Henry was a member (not a made guy) of the Lucchese mafia family in New York in the 1960s through the 1980s. His most famous mafia heist netted $5 million in cash from Lufthansa at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1978.
After becoming an informant for the FBI and entering the government's witness protection program, Henry testified against his former bosses. Entering in the Witness Relocation Program was a huge problem for the FBI. Just trying to keep him from going to jail in Nebraska or Kentucky... He just could walk to the straight and narrow.
Born on June 11, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, Henry Hill grew up in an area of Brooklyn that was dominated by the Lucchese crime family. Fascinated by gangsters, he began dreaming of being in the Mafia at age 12.
The son of an Irish father and Sicilian mother, Hill could never be a "made" Mafia member because he wasn't a full-blooded Italian, but his charm and cunning made him welcome inside the Lucchese crime family. Hill soon became a close associate and friend of Paul Vario, one of the more respected capos in the family. In his teenage years, Hill would do errands for Vario and his crew, and eventually moved to more serious crime. His time in the Mafia would span three decades, beginning in 1955. Ending when Henry found out his was on the mob hit list and he was going to prison from now on for drug dealing.
To be kind I will hope Henry rests in peace... but this much is true...he has a LOT to answer for.. not just his crimes on society by what he did that endangered his own children... Bye Henry.
When Nicholas Pileggi was working with Henry on his book "Wiseguy" Pileggi's wife Nora Ephron listened in on many of their phone calls and often spoke with Henry herself. The conversations with Henry and the fact that he kept screwing up in the different secret locations the FBI moved him to, led Nora to produce "My Blue Heaven" starring Steve Martin. Henry complained that she stole his life and never paid him a dime from the hit film... Once you know that the Martin character was really Henry makes that film a lot funnier in my opinion.
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