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Goodfellas Mobster Frank Sivero Puts Hit on Simpsons For Likeness Heist

Suing Fox, Show Producers for Whopping $100M

Frank Sivero (inset) from his 'Goodfellas' days with Louie and Fat Tony from 'The Simpsons.' Does Sivero own the image?

Frank Sivero (inset) from his ‘Goodfellas’ days with Louie and Fat Tony from ‘The Simpsons.’ Does Sivero own the image?

Frank Sivero, the actor who played an iconic mobster in the Martin Scorsese classic “Goodfellas” is suing Fox television show “The Simpsons,” alleging that his likeness has been used for more than a decade without a penny of vigorish his way.

Now, he’s put a hit on the show that’s bigger than the infamous 1978 “Lufthansa heist” that was focus of the gangster movie.

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Sivero, now 62, is seeking more $100 million in damages, according to gossip site TMZ, which obtained a copy of the court papers.

That blows away the “Goodfellas” heist.

In contrast, the gangsters who robbed a Lufthansa airliner at JFK airport in New York netted about $5 million in cash, or $18.1 million today, adjusted for inflation. In addition the robbers grabbed $875,000 in jewelry ($3.2 million today).

It was the largest heist in U.S. history up until that time and was a key element of the plot in the Scorsese film.

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Sivero played Frankie Carbone, a minor part in the 1990 movie. A remarkable likeness of his character named “Louie” first appeared on “The Simpsons” in the Oct. 1991 episode. “Bart the Murderer.”

Louie is Fat Tony’s henchman, similar to Sivero’s “Goodfellas” role and a small role he had as mobster in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part II.”

Sivero charges the character appeared in at least 15 more episodes, with the most recent airing in April this year. That works out to $6.25 million per episode, the site reports.

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Sivero claims he and some of the “Simpsons” writers lived in the same apartment building in the late ’80s, and they were aware of the mobster roles he created.

For the latest developments in the case, follow IM on Twitter and check out the clip below. That’s Sivero, err Louie, next to Fat Tony.





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