Former Gangster Who Inspired ‘Goodfellas’ Dies

Jun 13, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The real-life onetime gangster and FBI informant who was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film "Goodfellas" has died, the New York Post reports. Henry Hill, who was played by Ray Liotta in the movie, was 69.

henry-hill.jpgHenry Hill

Hill died in Los Angeles’ West Hills Hospital, the victim of bad circulation from years of smoking, following a May 27 heart attack, the story reports.

Hill was born in Brooklyn and after years of being in the mob, he ratted out his connections and was put in witness protection by the government and given a chance to start over. The book and film based on Hill explored his life before, during and after his mob years.

According to his longtime manager Lisa Caserta, Hill approved of Scorsese’s film, saying, "It was 99.9 percent accurate."

Here’s a clip of the famous “funny like a clown” scene from “Goodfellas” with Ray Liotta as Henry and Joe Pesci as Tommy — including ample use of the f-word:

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