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Henry Hill Dead -- Real Life 'Goodfellas' Mobster Dies at 69
TMZ ^ | June 12, 2012

Posted on 06/12/2012 8:25:50 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Henry Hill -- the former mobster whose life story became the basis for the movie "Goodfellas" -- died today at the age of 69 ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ spoke with Hill's girlfriend Lisa ... who told us Hill passed away in an L.A. hospital Tuesday after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

Lisa tells us, "He had been sick for a long time ... his heart gave out."

We're told Hill had focused on mending relationships with estranged family members in recent years ... and Lisa tells us he had made tremendous progress before he died.

Hill leaves behind two children.

(Excerpt) Read more at tmz.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: goodfellas; henryhill; martinscorsese; nicholaspileggi; rayliotta; wiseguy
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1 posted on 06/12/2012 8:25:54 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“And there was nothing we could do about it.”


2 posted on 06/12/2012 8:26:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I thought he never shut the %$#@ up.


3 posted on 06/12/2012 8:33:02 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: dfwgator

Classic! I shot Diet Pepsi out my nose because of you!


4 posted on 06/12/2012 8:33:48 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Hey, what do you like, the leg or the wing, Henry? Or ya still go for the old hearts and lungs?"


5 posted on 06/12/2012 8:35:38 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
“He was a Rat, He ratted yas all out!”

So I need you to go down to Florida with Little Paulie and take care o’ that thing for me!”

6 posted on 06/12/2012 8:35:49 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: dfwgator

He’s gone .... And that’s that.”


7 posted on 06/12/2012 8:38:10 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He got out without having to die.


8 posted on 06/12/2012 8:38:54 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Grifin, FAMILY GUY)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He sounded like an ok guy when I heard him on Howard Stern years ago.


9 posted on 06/12/2012 8:40:10 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: re_nortex

“Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a gangster.”


10 posted on 06/12/2012 8:43:39 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Williams
He was a criminal and if not murderer at least an accessory to murder on many occasions. He was NOT an OK guy.

A ‘good fella’ but by no means an OK guy.

11 posted on 06/12/2012 8:44:39 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How am I funny?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW1oVdOxKko


12 posted on 06/12/2012 8:44:39 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

‘Good Fellas’ was the greatest movie ever made.


13 posted on 06/12/2012 8:44:45 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Billy Batts is waiting for him, and he’s pissed!


14 posted on 06/12/2012 8:45:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Luv ya, Henry Henry..

Signed,
Jimmy Two-Times.. Two-Times..

15 posted on 06/12/2012 8:46:59 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
‘Good Fellas’ was the greatest movie ever made.

That's not at all far off the mark in my estimation. My top five definitely includes Goodfellas along with these in no particular order:

Judgment at Nuremberg
Citizen Kane
Lawrence of Arabia
The Godfather

For anyone who's seen the film, make a point to beg, borrow or steal the book, Wise Guy. I read it on one night and I'm not a speed reader. It's that much of a compelling page turner.

16 posted on 06/12/2012 8:50:59 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

RIP.


17 posted on 06/12/2012 8:52:56 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: re_nortex

It was a great film.


18 posted on 06/12/2012 8:56:36 PM PDT by PghBaldy (I eagerly await the next news about the struggles of Elizabeth Sacheen Littlefeather Warren.)
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To: re_nortex

I would add Doctor Zhivago to the list, IMHO I consider it the greatest movie ever made, but Goodfellas certainly is up there.


19 posted on 06/12/2012 8:58:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I love that era where everyone had a nickname. If you want to laugh — next time you are at the library pick up a Damon Runyon short story collection. There is a hilarious one about these 3 hoodlums who, during the depression, decide to kidnap their bookie — cause he was the only one who had any money. The only character I remember was Harry the Horse and of course Bookie Bob (which is the title of it). These characters aren’t mobsters like Hill but NY hoodlums. Really funny.


20 posted on 06/12/2012 8:58:44 PM PDT by bunster
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To: re_nortex

Add The Shawshank Redemption- the feel good movie of all time.


21 posted on 06/12/2012 9:11:40 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Sure, mom, I settle down with a nice girl every night, then I’m free the next morning.”

“Whenever we needed money, we’d rob the airport. To us, it was better than Citibank”

“Paulie may have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn’t have to move for anybody.”


22 posted on 06/12/2012 9:14:16 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Those old union delegates are really taking Wisconsin hard...


23 posted on 06/12/2012 9:30:49 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: dfwgator
PhotobucketFUNNY!
24 posted on 06/12/2012 9:42:43 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: re_nortex

I like this picture. One dog is looking one way, while the other dog is looking the other way. And the guy is thinking what do you want from me.


25 posted on 06/12/2012 9:48:17 PM PDT by gusty
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To: Jim from C-Town

Sounded like an ok guy in his reformd years a long time after going into witness protection.

agree with you totally, his drug dealing alone was evil.


26 posted on 06/12/2012 10:09:10 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Business bad? F@#k you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? F@#k you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? F@#k you, pay me.


27 posted on 06/12/2012 10:16:19 PM PDT by Despot of the Delta
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Those people who took a subway to work every day just to pay bills were dead...they had no b@ll$...if we wanted something we just took it.”


28 posted on 06/12/2012 10:22:44 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (The GOPe has played us like a violin for the last time; high time to build the Constitution Party.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Ray Liotta and Henry Hill.

I remember Hill used to go on Howard Stern decades ago and was always a mess. Drunk, on drugs or both, but he had great stories from the life.

29 posted on 06/12/2012 10:23:19 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s all egg noodles and ketchup in hell.


30 posted on 06/12/2012 10:27:13 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: bunster

At this one Al’s Beef (italian beef sandwich shop) in Chicago, they have a picture on the wall of a bunch of kids from Little Italy in the 40’s/50’s and a plaque underneath with their nicknames, like “Shifty”, “Dirty Augie”, etc.


31 posted on 06/12/2012 11:33:14 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIXg9KUiy00 - My Way RIP


32 posted on 06/13/2012 1:56:57 AM PDT by SMGFan
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This makes me feel old. It was only about 20 years ago that the Henry Hill movie came out and he did not look that old in the movie. My favorite scene in that movie was the Billy Batts scene when the guy out of prison (Billy Batts) end up getting killed over a shoeshine joke. Then they stuff him in a trunk (still half-alive) and get fed Italian food in the middle of the night by one of the killers' mother (the short, loudmouth one). The mother asks "how come the blood all over the clothes" and she was told that they "hit a deer" on the way over there.

I wonder if Henry Hill was in any of the other gangster movies. I don't remember ever seeing him again.

33 posted on 06/13/2012 2:07:27 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
My favorite scene in that movie was the Billy Batts scene when the guy out of prison (Billy Batts) ends up getting killed over a shoeshine joke.

I know two of the guys who appeared as extras in that scene. One owns a restaurant on Mulberry Street, in New York's Little Italy.

34 posted on 06/13/2012 2:22:57 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The real life mobster portrayed by Ray Liotta in Goodfellas (and main char in book that inspired it, N. Pileggi’s Wise Guys. Film named differently to avoid confusion with tv show Wise Guy


35 posted on 06/13/2012 2:37:40 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: SamAdams76

The short gangster was Tommy, played by Joe Pesci—and his mom was played by Scorcese’s mom.


36 posted on 06/13/2012 2:39:40 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Mad TV did a great spoof, Raging Rudolph...spoof of Rudolph Red Nosed reindeer & Scorcese films. “You’ll never be in Santa’s gang, never be in Santa’s gang...And the moral of the story is keep your f——— mouth shut.”


37 posted on 06/13/2012 2:45:03 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icjh6wGUUfE


38 posted on 06/13/2012 2:46:20 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Williams

“He sounded like an ok guy when I heard him on Howard Stern years ago.”

You mean as murderers go he was an ok fella?


39 posted on 06/13/2012 4:22:27 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Jim from C-Town
*** “He was a Rat, He ratted yas all out! ... So I need you to go down to Florida with Little Paulie and take care o’ that thing for me!” ***

'And that's when I knew Jimmy was gonna have me whacked'

40 posted on 06/13/2012 4:38:24 AM PDT by Condor51 (Never mess with an old man. He won't fight you he'll just kill you.)
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To: SamAdams76

I think of that scene every time I hear Donovan’s song “Atlantis”.


41 posted on 06/13/2012 5:43:31 AM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: yldstrk
Re: “He sounded like an ok guy when I heard him on Howard Stern years ago.”

You mean as murderers go he was an ok fella?

I remember the love and support neighbors gave to John Gotti. They thought he was the greatest guy in the world because he would sponsor a free BBQ and fireworks show each year. His brother Pete flipped the burgers.

42 posted on 06/13/2012 5:48:08 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

People are easily purchased


43 posted on 06/13/2012 6:08:41 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

“‘Good Fellas’ was the greatest movie ever made.”
That role Pesci played was outstanding. I think he was playing the role of the real Roy Demaio.


44 posted on 06/13/2012 7:04:56 AM PDT by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: duckman

The role Pesci played was based on the real life character of Thomas DeSimone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_DeSimone


45 posted on 06/13/2012 7:10:45 AM PDT by Beave Meister (Die Hard Cubs Fan.....if it takes forever.)
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To: duckman

Joe Pesci character was based on the real life wiseguy Thomas DeSimone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_DeSimone


46 posted on 06/13/2012 7:12:29 AM PDT by Beave Meister (Die Hard Cubs Fan.....if it takes forever.)
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To: Beave Meister

Thanks.


47 posted on 06/13/2012 7:13:41 AM PDT by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: raccoonradio
I've watched it many times.. Here it is (WARNING: GRAPHIC AND NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_RH44K0x_4
48 posted on 06/13/2012 8:09:43 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Boogieman

“...with their nicknames like “Shifty”, “Dirty Augie”, etc.”

They were so non-PC back then as the nicknames were about some physical “problem” — Augie probably was filthy — shifty couldn’t stand still, or his eyes waivered (who kowss). But I think they wore those names as a badge of honor of acceptance then grew up and became Chicago bankers (ha ha) — they were not Henry Hills thats for sure. A more innocent time — drugs hadn’t become a center point as in “Goodfellas”.


49 posted on 06/13/2012 8:44:28 AM PDT by bunster
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To: Lazlo in PA

I do remember those days Lazlo

Yeah you could tell the dude was on something

There was one he did he yell at everybody in the studio including Fred Norris the Martian


50 posted on 06/13/2012 9:37:32 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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