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Real Life Gangster Inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s Casino Dies

Frank Cullotta, a member of Chicago’s mob the Outfit, died of a wide range of illnesses together with COVID-19 at a Las Vegas hospital, on Thursday, Aug. 20, according to Deadline. He was 81.

Chicago gangster Anthony “Ant” Spilotro introduced Cullotta to Las Vegas in 1978 to supervise the legendary theft crew known as the “Gap within the Wall Gang.” Recognized for bypassing alarm methods by drilling or precision explosives, the crew burglarized between 250 and 300 properties in Las Vegas by 1981. The crew was caught on July 4, 1981, after a botched theft at Bertha’s house furnishings retailer on East Sahara Avenue. 

After being informed there was a contract on his life, Cullotta cooperated with the FBI and Las Vegas police towards Spilotro, who was killed alongside along with his brother Michael in 1986. Cullotta served as a technical advisor on Martin Scorsese’s 1995 gangster epic Casino. He was performed by veteran actor Frank Vincent as Frank Marino, and in addition has a cameo function because the hitman who whacks Andy Stone  (Alan King) within the steakhouse parking zone.

Cullotta was born in Chicago on Dec. 14, 1938. His father, Joe Cullotta, was additionally a felony however not linked with the Outfit. Cullotta and Spilotro had been childhood buddies and went into crime collectively as youngsters. In 1962, Cullotta killed William McCarthy and James Miraglia. Their our bodies had been discovered lifeless within the trunk of a automobile on Might 14. Miraglia had been strangled  McCarthy’s head had been positioned in a vise and his throat slashed. Cullotta later confessed to the killings.

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