Hollywood Mob Characters and Where They Came From

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The Mafia and its various members have been emulated many times on the silver screen. Here’s a list of prominent mobsters and the actors who portrayed them on the screen or the films that influenced them into a life of crime.

Sammy “The Bull” Gravano/The Godfather

The Godfather had far and away the most influence on mob culture, because the guys in organized crime identified completely with this romanticized version of Mafia life. Sammy Gravano is one Mafioso who recalled “floating out of the theater” after he saw the movie in 1972. In the Peter Maas book Underboss Gravano talks about how made guys all over New York felt the same way after watching the Corleone family on the silver screen. “It was basically the way I saw the life,” Gravano said. “Where there was some honor.”

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